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Morning Concert:
The Music of David Jaffe

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Item Type: Sound Recording Duration: 76 min
Event Type: Interview and Music Program Origin: KPFA

Composer-performer David Jaffe has bridged the gap between acoustic folk music and the world of cerebral computer music with a multi-stylistic approach. A lecturer at Stanford University, where much of his work is produced at the Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics (CCRMA), Jaffe also worked with neXt Computers on creating new types of music software. His composition “Impossible Animals” contains human vocal timbres in the shape of carefully analyzed bird songs. He is interviewed by Charles Amirkhanian about his career. Also heard in this program is a recording by a 19th century equivalent of Jaffe, the Norwegian composer Edvard Grieg. (from KPFA Folio)

Musical Selections:  Telegram to the President, for string quartet and tape (1984) / David Jaffe -- [sample of winter wrens] -[sample of choral music with tape] -- Impossible Animals, for chorus and computer (1986) / David Jaffe -- Bird Seasons (1984) / David Jaffe -- Ellis Island Sonata: Ghosts from the Old Country [2nd movement of the sonata] (1986) / David Jaffe -- Grass Valley Fire, for mandolin quartet (1989) / David Jaffe -- Slåtter: Norwegian Peasant Dances, Op. 72 [excerpts] (1902-03) / Edvard Grieg
Performers:  Jefferson Quartet (Telegram to the President)
Hamilton College Chorus (Impossible Animals)
Alea II (Bird Seasons)
David Jaffe, mandolin (Ellis Island Quartet)
The Modern Mandolin Quartet (Grass Valley Fire)
Knut Buen, Hardanger fiddle (Slåtter)
Einar Steen-Nøkleberg, piano (Slåtter)
Genre:  20th Century Classical
Subject:  Jaffe, David A. (David Aaron), 1955-; 20th century classical; Electronic music; String quartets; Birdsongs; Computer composition; Choruses, Secular (Mixed voices) with electronic music; Vocal quartets, Unaccompanied; Sonatas (Mandolin); Quartets (Mandolins (4)); Folk music -- Norway; Fiddle tunes -- Norway; Hardanger fiddle music; Piano music
People:  Amirkhanian, Charles; Jaffe, David A. (David Aaron), 1955-; Grieg, Edvard, 1843-1907; Buen, Knut; Steen-Nøkleberg, Einar, 1944-
Recording Date:  5/10/1990
First Broadcast Date:  5/10/1990
 
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