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Ode To Gravity:
The Early Music of Roger Sessions

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Item Type: Sound Recording Duration: 59 min
Event Type: Music Program Origin: KPFA

Charles Amirkhanian presents three works from the early period of the American composer, Roger Sessions. Born in 1896, Sessions studied music at Harvard and Yale, where his teachers included Ernest Bloch. After traveling for a number of years in Europe, where he also started writing his first major works, Sessions returned to the United States to teach at Princeton and U. C. Berkeley, where he influenced a whole generation of composers including Milton Babbitt, Earl Kim, John Adams, Andrew Imbrie, Ellen Taaffe Zwilich, and many more. The compositions heard during this program include two works for solo piano, “From My Diary” and “Sonata No. 1”. The program concludes with Session’s “Concerto for Violin and Orchestra” performed by Paul Zukofsky with Gunther Schuller conducting the ORTF Orchestra.

Musical Selections:  From my Diary (1937"40) (9:00) -- Sonata No. 1 for Piano (1927-30) (15:00) -- Concerto for Violin and Orchestra (1927-35) (29:00)
Performers:  Leon Fleisher, piano (Diary)
Robert Helps, piano (Sonata)
Paul Zukofsky,violin (Concerto)
Gunther Schuller, conductor (Concerto)
Orchestre philharmonique de l’Office de la Radiodiffusion-Télévision française (Concerto)
Genre:  20th century classical
Subject:  Sessions, Roger, 1896-1985; 20th century classical; Suites (Piano); Sonatas (Piano); Concertos (Violin)
People:  Amirkhanian, Charles; Sessions, Roger, 1896-1985; Fleisher, Leon; Helps, Robert; Zukofsky, Paul; Schuller, Gunther
First Broadcast Date:  6/16/1971
 
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