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Ode To Gravity:
Soundscapes, Symphonies, & Sonatas

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Item Type: Sound Recording Duration: 62 min
Event Type: Music Program Origin: KPFA

In this program, Charles Amirkhanian plays an an eclectic mix of field recordings from Africa and the San Francisco Bay Area, interspersed with the first movement from a piano sonata by Mendelssohn, an early work by Roy Harris entitled “Symphony for Voices on Poems of Walt Whitman”, as well as a Sonatina for cello and piano by Bernard Wagenaar, and sound poetry by Diter Rot and Emmett Williams The Westminster Choir performs the Harris work which is conducted by John Finley Williamson, while Bernard Wagenaar’s “Sonatina for Cello and Piano”, is performed by cellist Naoum Benditzky and the composer on piano.

Musical Selections:  [excerpt of pre-circumcision dance music of the Diola of Senegal] -- [excerpt of children’s hunting call & drums announcing death of tribe member of the Topoke people of the Congo] -- Procession Music [from “Ceremony of Us”] / Charles Amirkhanian -- Sonata in G Minor, Op. 105, for piano [1st movement] (1821) / Felix Mendelssohn -- Symphony for Voices on Poems of Walt Whitman (1935) / Roy Harris -- Around the Corner Variations / Diter Rot & Emmett Williams -- Sonatina for Cello and Piano (1934) / Bernard Wagenaar -- [Brooklyn Township, Oakland, California] / Charles Amirkhanian -- [downtown, Berkeley, California] / Charles Amirkhanian
Performers:  Rena Kyriakou, piano (Sonata)
Westminster Choir (Symphony)
John Finley Williamson, conductor (Symphony)
Naoum Benditzky, cello (Sonatina)
Bernard Wagenaar, piano (Sonatina)
Genres:  20th Century Classical; Field recordings
Subject:  20th century classical; Ambient sounds; Field recordings; Vocalises with percussion; Sonatas (Piano); Choruses, Secular (Mixed voices, 4 parts), Unaccompanied; Sound poetry; Text-sound compositions; Sonatas (Cello and piano); City sounds
People:  Amirkhanian, Charles; Mendelssohn-Bartholdy, Felix, 1809-1847; Kyriakou, Rena, 1918-1994; Harris, Roy, 1898-1979; Whitman, Walt, 1819-1892; Williamson, John Finley, 1887-1964; Rot, Diter; Williams, Emmett; Wagenaar, Bernard, 1894-1971; Benditzky, Naoum
Recording Date:  5/20/1970
First Broadcast Date:  5/20/1970
 
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