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Morning Concert:
Leo Ornstein Centenary Program

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Item Type: Sound Recording Duration: 110 min
Event Type: Music and Interview Program Origin: KPFA

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Composer-pianist Leo Ornstein is interviewed by Charles Amirkhanian on the occasion of his 100th birthday! Severo Ornstein, the son of the composer, is in the studio with Amirkhanian to provide commentary, while Leo Ornstein and another near centenarian, Nicolas Slonimsky, are interviewed by phone. The discussion centers on Ornstein's early history as a Wunderkind pianist in the 1910s, and his enormous output of music over nine decades of composing. Slonimsky details a recent revival of Ornstein's music in his native Russia and Severo talks of his efforts to get Ornstein's music back into print.

Note: “The Poem for Flute & Piano” was recorded November 7, 1988, at a San Francisco Contemporary Music Players concert.

Part 1 of 2:  
Musical Selections:  Echo Primitiv [from “9 Arabesques for Piano”] (1918-1920) -- Suicide in an Airplane (1913) -- Piano Concerto [excerpt] (1925) -- The Battle [from the “Poems of 1917”] -- Poem for Flute & Piano
Performers:  Marth Anne Verbit, piano (Echo Primitiv)
Nick Deventa, piano (Airplane)
William Westney, piano (Concerto)
Yale University Symphony Orchestra (Concerto)
Michael Sellers, piano (Battle)
Barbara Chaffee, flute (Poem)
Marvin Tartak, piano (Poem)
Genres:  20th Century Classical; New Music
Subject:  Ornstein, Leo, 1892-2002; New music; 20th century classical; Composers; Flute and piano music; Concertos (Piano); Orchestral music; Classical composers
People:  Ornstein, Leo, 1892-2002 ; Ornstein, Severo M.; Amirkhanian, Charles; Slonimsky, Nicolas, 1894-1995; Tartak, Marvin; Sellers, Michael; Chaffee, Barbara ; Westney, William ; Deventa, Nick ; Verbit, Martha Anne
Recording Date:  12/1/1992
First Broadcast Date:  12/1/1992
 
Part 2 of 2:  
Musical Selections:  Hebraic Fantasy for Violin & Piano -- String Quartet No. 2, Op. 99 [1st movement] -- String Quartet No. 3 [2nd movement] (1976) -- Tarantelle
Performers:  Martha Anne Verbit, piano (Fantasy)
William Westney, piano (Tarantelle)
Daniel Stepner, violin (Fantasy)
Pro Arte Quartet, (Quartet No. 2)
Boston String Quartet (Quartet No. 3)
Daniel Stepner, violin (Quartet No. 3)
Sophie Vilker, violin (Quartet No. 3)
Ronald Carbone, viola (Quartet No. 3)
Lynn Nowels, cello, (Quartet No. 3)
Genres:  20th Century Classical; New Music
Subject:  Ornstein, Leo, 1892-2002; New music; 20th century classical; Composers; Violin and piano music; Chamber music; Classical composers; String quartets
People:  Ornstein, Leo, 1892-2002 ; Ornstein, Severo M.; Amirkhanian, Charles; Slonimsky, Nicolas, 1894-1995 ; Westney, William ; Stepner, Daniel; Verbit, Martha Anne; Vilker, Sophie; Carbone, Ronald D.; Nowles, Lynn
Recording Date:  12/1/1992
 
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