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Ode To Gravity:
Percussion Music: From Lou Harrison’s collection of 78 rpm acetate records

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Item Type: Sound Recording Duration: 61 min
Event Type: Music Program Origin: KPFA

On this installment of Ode to Gravity, Charles Amirkhanian unearths rare gems from Lou Harrison’s personal record collection. Amirkhanian focuses on percussion music from the late 1930s and early 1940s, broadcasting selections by American composers Harrison, Henry Cowell, Johanna Beyer and William Russell. Many of these recordings were made live at one of John Cage’s famous percussion concerts, in 1939 at the Cornish School in Seattle. The final selection features Leopold Stokowski conducting Harrison’s “Canticle No. 3” at New York’s MOMA. The recordings were made from Harrison’s rare 78 and 33 rpm acetate transcription discs.

Musical Selections:  Counterdance in Spring [excerpt from “Tributes to Charon”] (1939) / Lou Harrison -- Pulse (1939) / Henry Cowell -- Trio [1st & 2nd movements] (1936) / John Cage- Tactless / Johanna M. Beyer -- Endless / Johanna M. Beyer -- Three Cuban Studies / William Russell -- Fifth Simfony (1939) / Lou Harrison -- Canticle No. 3 (1942) / Lou Harrison
Performers:  John Cage, conductor (all except Canticle)
John Cage, percussion (Trio)
Xenia Cage, percussion (Trio)
Doris Dennison, percussion (Trio)
Genre:  New Music
Subject:  Percussion ensembles; New music
People:  Amirkhanian, Charles; Harrison, Lou, 1917-2003; Cowell, Henry, 1897-1965; Cage, John; Cage, Xenia; Dennison, Doris; Beyer, Johanna Magdalena, 1888-1944; Russell, Bill, 1905-
Recording Date:  1/29/1970
First Broadcast Date:  2/1/1970
 
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