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Ode To Gravity:
Cathy Berberian

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Item Type: Sound Recording Duration: 92 min
Event Type: Music and Interview Program Origin: KPFA

Charles Amirkhanian's interview with the legendary mezzo-soprano Cathy Berberian was recorded informally in her home in Milan, Italy. With birdsongs, traffic noise, and the arrival of a telegram from Luciano Berio occurring in the background, the singer talks about her theory of the New Vocality; her approach to recitals; her upbringing and musical training; her experience working with Igor Stravinsky; and many other topics. Also included are musical examples of Berberian’s work, including excerpts from “Circles”, “Visage”, and “Folksongs” by Berio; “Aria with Fontana Mix” by John Cage; and Baroque arrangements of "Yellow Submarine", "Help", "Yesterday", and "Eleanor Rigby" by the Beatles.

Part 1 of 2:  
Musical Selections:  Stripsody (4:10) -- [unidentified Recitative in Italian with harpsichord] (6:30) -- Yellow Submarine (2:18) / Beatles -- Help! (1:30) / Beatles -- Yesterday (2:20) / Beatles -- Eleanor Rigby (2:19) / Beatles -- Ticket to Ride (2:30) / Beatles -- Summertime (2:24) / George Gershwin
Genres:  Art Songs; Avant-Garde
Subject:  Berio, Luciano, 1925-2003; Stravinsky, Igor, 1882-1971; Berberian, Cathy; Beatles; Art songs; Avant-garde (Music) ; Vocalises; Concerts; Electronic music; Electro-acoustic; Songs (High voice) with instrumental ensemble; Popular music
People:  Amirkhanian, Charles ; Berberian, Cathy; Gershwin, George, 1898-1937
First Broadcast Date:  11/1/1972
 
Part 2 of 2:  
Musical Selections:  Circles [text by e.e. cummings] (1960) / Luciano Berio -- Visage (1961) / Luciano Berio -- Folksongs (1964) / Luciano Berio -- Aria with Fontana Mix (1958) / John Cage
Genres:  Art Songs; Avant-Garde
Subject:  Berio, Luciano, 1925-2003; Stravinsky, Igor, 1882-1971; Berberian, Cathy; Beatles; Art songs; Avant-garde (Music) ; Vocalises; Concerts; Electronic music; Electro-acoustic; Songs (High voice) with electronics
People:  Amirkhanian, Charles ; Berberian, Cathy; Cage, John; Berio, Luciano; Cummings, E. E. (Edward Estlin), 1894-1962
First Broadcast Date:  11/1/1972
 
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