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Oakland Museum Concerts:
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.

Part 1 of 2:  
Musical Selections:  Sound Nutrition / Charles Amirkhanian -- To my quick ear the leaves conferred [text by Emily Dickinson] / Jules Langert -- I felt a funeral in my brain [text by Emily Dickinson] / Jules Langert -- Pull My Daisy / David Amram -- John Lackland / Donald Walker -- Ceremony after a fire raid [text by Dylan Thomas] / Wayne Peterson -- Songs to A. E. Housman: The starry train ; No more ; A name and a number ; Adam ; In thine eternal Shade / Ernst Bacon
Performers:  James Tippey, baritone (Sound ; Housman)
John Duykers, baritone (Sound)
Robert Krupnick, piano (Langert)
Miriam Abramowitsch, mezzo-soprano (Langert)
Anna Perez, singer (Pull)
Mike Nock, piano (Pull)
Judith Nelson, soprano (John)
Robert Strizich, guitar (John)
Bonita De Luca, soprano (Ceremony)
Wayne Peterson, piano (Ceremony)
Shirley Bracco, piano (Housman)
Genres:  Art Songs; Sound Poetry
Subject:  Art songs; Songs (High voice) with piano; Songs (Medium voice) with piano; Sound poetry; Text-sound compositions
People:  Amirkhanian, Charles; Langert, Jules; Amram, David; Dickinson, Emily, 1830-1886; Walker, Don, 1941-; Peterson, Wayne, 1927-; Thomas, Dylan, 1914-1953; Bacon, Ernst, 1898-1990; Housman, A. E. (Alfred Edward), 1859-1936; Abramowitsch, Miriam; Krupnick, Robert; Duykers, John; Tippey, James; Perez, Anna; Nock, Mike; Strizich, Robert ; Nelson, Judith; De Luca, Bonita; Bracco, Shirley
Recording Date:  3/19/1972
First Broadcast Date:  8/30/1972
 
Part 2 of 2:  
Musical Selections:  King David's lament for Jonathan (1941) / Lou Harrison -- How old is song? (1929) / Henry Cowell
Performers:  John Duykers, baritone (King )
Robert Krupnick, piano (King ; How)
Donald Cobb, piano (King)
Judith Nelson, soprano (How )
Genre:  Art Songs
Subject:  Art songs; Songs (High voice) with piano; Songs (Medium voice) with piano
People:  Amirkhanian, Charles; Harrison, Lou, 1917-2003; Cowell, Henry, 1897-1965; Krupnick, Robert; Duykers, John; Nelson, Judith; Krupnick, Robert; Cobb, Donald
Recording Date:  3/19/1972
First Broadcast Date:  8/30/1972
 
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