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Morning Concert:
Piano: No Hands

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Item Type: Sound Recording Duration: 119 min
Event Type: Interview and Music Program Origin: KPFA

In a recording made in 1992, Charles Amirkhanian hosts a program featuring music played on the Disklavier, a sort of modern player piano. It is a devise that can be attached to a grand piano so as to enable it to record, playback, and even manipulate music played on its keys. In the first half of the program, Charles is joined in the studio by Gary Noland, who has composed a number of pieces for the Disklavier. In the second half of the program, Charles conducts an impromptu interview with Richard Dunn of the BBC in which they discuss the BBC's World Service and the implications of digital radio broadcasting.

Part 1 of 2:  
Musical Selections:  Study No. 3A / Conlon Nancarrow -- Six Lurid Albumblatts, for 1-1000 players in pictographic notation Op. 14 / Gary Noland -- Grande Rag Brillante, Op. 15 (1978-79, rev. 1989) / Gary Noland -- Étude No. 2, for piano (1985) / György Ligeti -- Sonata No. 4 (ca. 1924) / Leo Ornstein
Genres:  Mechanical Music; 20th Century Classical
Subject:  20th century classical; Mechanical pianos; Mechanical musical instrument music; Player piano; Player piano music; Piano music; Disklavier; Sonatas (Piano); Piano music (Ragtime)
People:  Amirkhanian, Charles; Nancarrow, Conlon, 1912-1997 ; Noland, Gary; Ligeti, György, 1923-2006; Ornstein, Leo, 1892-2002
Recording Date:  9/22/1992
First Broadcast Date:  9/22/1992
 
Part 2 of 2:  
Musical Selections:  Sonata No. 4, for piano (ca. 1924) / Leo Ornstein -- Mayn Yingele (1988) / Frederic Rzewski -- The Last Turkey in the Straw / Robert Willey -- Kensington Suite [excerpt] / Barbara Becker
Genres:  Mechanical Music; 20th Century Classical
Subject:  20th century classical; Mechanical pianos; Mechanical musical instrument music; Player piano; Player piano music; Piano music; Sonatas (Piano); Suites (Piano); Disklavier; Digital audio broadcasting
People:  Amirkhanian, Charles; Ornstein, Leo, 1892-2002 ; Rzewski, Frederic; Willey, Robert; Becker, Barbara, BMusic; Dunn, Richard
Recording Date:  9/22/1992
First Broadcast Date:  9/22/1992
 
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