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Oakland Museum Concerts:
Art Songs Concert

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Item Type: Sound Recording Duration: 116 min
Event Type: Music Program Origin: KPFA

This is a recording of a concert of art songs, (and some sound poetry), which was held at the Gallery of California Art of the Oakland Museum on March 19, 1972. Most of these songs were composed by 20th century American composers, some of them well known, such as Ernst Bacon. Lou Harrison, and Henry Cowell, but others perhaps not as well known to mainstream audiences, such as Anne Kish and Barry Taxman, among others. The texts for these songs include poems by such famous authors as Emily Dickinson, James Joyce, and A. E. Housman, but also include settings of ancient Chinese and Japanese poems as well as lesser known contemporary American poetry. The list of performers read like a veritable who’s who of the San Francisco Bay Area New Music scene of the 1970s, and includes vocalists Miriam Abramowitsch, John Duykers, and James Tippey, as well as musicians like Alden Gilchrist, Mike Nock, and Wayne Peterson.

Musical Selections:  Five Poems of Ancient China and Japan: Landscape ; The old temple among the mountains ; Tears ; A feast of lanterns (1917) / Charles Griffes -- Songs from James Joyce: She weeps over Rehoom ; A flower given to my daughter ; My dove / David del Tredici -- L'ange heurtebise [based on texts by Jean Cocteau] / Janice Giteck -- Songs from the Bloomington Songbook: In just spring [text by e.e. cummings] ; Mist whit little ghost things [text by e.e. cummings] ; Tumbling hair [text by e.e. cummings] ; To Sue / Leonard Klein -- Four Letters: To all of you ; To Wanda / Earl Kim -- Toys (1920) / Carl Ruggles -- I Hide Myself / Barry Taxman -- To Make a Prairie / Barry Taxman -- Mine / Barry Taxman -- Seeing You Have a Woman / Robert Hughes -- Three Poems of Lou Harrison: To Hades ; To Persephone ; About Teresias / Robert Hughes -- Nothing is As Beautiful as Spring [text by Gerard Manley Hopkins] / Anne Kish -- I Awoke in the Mid Summer [text by Gerard Manley Hopkins] / Anne Kish
Performers:  Judith Nelson, soprano (Five ; Taxman)
Alden Gilchrist, piano (Five ; Bloomington ; Taxman ; Have)
Miriam Abramowitsch, mezzo-soprano (Joyce)
Robert Krupnick, piano (Joyce ; L'ange ; Harrison ; Kish)
John Duykers, baritone (L'ange ; Harrison ; Kish)
Marian Marsh, soprano (Bloomington ; Have)
James Tippey, baritone (Four ; Toys)
Shirley Bracco, piano (Four ; Toys)
Genre:  Art Songs
Subject:  Art songs; Songs (High voice) with piano; Songs (Medium voice) with piano
People:  Griffes, Charles Tomlinson, 1884-1920; Del Tredici, David; Joyce, James, 1882-1941; Giteck, Janice, 1946-; Cocteau, Jean, 1889-1963; Klein, Leonard; Cummings, E. E. (Edward Estlin), 1894-1962; Kim, Earl, 1920-1998; Ruggles, Carl, 1876-1971; Taxman, Barry ; Hughes, Robert, 1933-; Harrison, Lou, 1917-2003; Kish, Anne; Hopkins, Gerard Manley, 1844-1889; Nelson, Judith; Gilchrist, Alden; Abramowitsch, Miriam; Krupnick, Robert; Duykers, John; Marsh, Marian; Tippey, James; Bracco, Shirley
Recording Date:  3/19/1972
First Broadcast Date:  8/30/1972
 
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