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New Music Seance:
2008: Concert No. 3, Ruth Crawford and her Milieu (video)

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Item Type: Video Duration: 87 min
Event Type: Music Program Origin: Other Minds

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Summoning the specters of musical forbears, and channeling the spirits of their successors, the 2008 New Music Seance Concerts featured a marathon of performances by pianist Sarah Cahill, and the dynamic violin/piano duo of Kate Stenberg and Eva-Maria Zimmermann. The concerts were held in the intimate, candle lit setting of the historic Arts & Crafts styled Swedenborgian Church in San Francisco on December 6, 2008. The third concert, entitled “Ruth Crawford and Her Milieu” featured works by Alexander Scriabin and Dane Rudhyar, two composers who’s interest in the intersection between mysticism and music found resonance in Crawford’s own compositions. Also included are works by Henry Cowell, a close friend of Crawford, and someone who was instrumental in getting Crawford’s music before the public by publishing her music and encouraging her continued efforts. Other works include an arrangement for piano by Lou Harrison of one of his earlier compositions; several pieces by Johanna Beyer, who was a student of Crawford’s, as well a s a number of works by Crawford herself including her “Sonata for Violin & Piano”, a piece that was almost lost when Crawford destroyed her manuscript but was fortunately revived by Beyer in 1982 from a copy she had saved. For a complete description of all the pieces heard please check out the Program Guide which can be found at http://www.otherminds.org/shtml/Seance3program2.shtml

This project has been made possible by the National Endowment for the Arts as part of American Masterpieces: Three Centuries of Artistic Genius.

Musical Selections:  Five Preludes, Op. 74, for piano (1914) (5:47) / Alexander Scriabin -- Pentagram No. 4 (The Human Way): I Pomp ; II Yearning, for piano (1926) (7:18) / Dane Rudhyar -- Nine Preludes: No 4 Grave ; No. 5 Lento, for piano (1924-28) (4:19) / Ruth Crawford -- Tiger, for piano (1927) (3:26) / Henry Cowell -- Largo Ostinato to John Dobson, for piano (1937, rev. 1970) (3:33) / Lou Harrison -- Suite, for violin and piano (1937) (7:08) / Johanna Beyer -- Sonata For Violin and Piano: III Ballade ; IV Jig (1945) (5:46) / Henry Cowell -- Bees (1:02) / Johanna Beyer -- Dissonant Counterpoint II (ca 1934) (1:45) / Johanna Beyer -- Gebrauchs-Musik III (1936) (2:20) / Johanna Beyer -- Nine Preludes: No. 7: Intensivo ; No. 9: Tranquillo (1924-28 (4:09) / Ruth Crawford -- Piano Study in Mixed Accents (1920) (1:12) / Ruth Crawford -- Sonata, for violin and piano (1926) (15:25) / Ruth Crawford
Performers:  Sarah Cahill, piano (Five ; Pentagram ; Preludes ; Tiger ; Largo ; Bees ; Dissonant ; Gebrauchs ; Piano)
Kate Stenberg, violin (Suite ; Sonatas)
Eva-Maria Zimmermann, piano (Suite ; Sonatas)
Genres:  20th Century Classical; New Music
Subject:  20th century classical; New music; Piano music; Suites (Violin and piano); Sonatas (Violin and piano)
People:  Amirkhanian, Charles; Scriabin, Aleksandr Nikolayevich, 1872-1915; Rudhyar, Dane, 1895-1985; Seeger, Ruth Crawford, 1901-1953; Cowell, Henry, 1897-1965; Harrison, Lou, 1917-2003; Beyer, Johanna Magdalena, 1888-1944; Cahill, Sarah; Stenberg, Kate (Violinist) ; Zimmermann, Eva-Maria (Pianist)
Recording Date:  12/6/2008
 
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