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Ode To Gravity:
Music by Fredric Rzewski and Garrett List

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Item Type: Sound Recording Duration: 89 min
Event Type: Music Program Origin: KPFA

In a program, first broadcast on July 3, 1974, host Charles Amirkhanian introduces music by American composers, Frederic Rzewski and Garrett List, both of whom have set political texts against vibrant electro-acoustic instrumental backdrops featuring strongly rhythmic repetition. The program begins with “Coming Together,” a 1972 composition by Rzewski that takes as its text words by Sam Melville, a prisoner who was killed during the riots at Attica Correctional Facility in New York State. Rzewski, a founding member of the trailblazing improvisational electro-acoustic ensemble, Musica Elettronica Viva, is as well known for his leftist politics as he is for his brilliant piano playing and his remarkable compositions. Other works by Rzewski heard in this program include “Les Moutons de Panurge,” an aleatoric piece scored for any number of instruments of any type, and performed here by four members of the Blackearth Percussion Group; as well as “Attica,” which takes as its text a quote by Richard X. Clark, made when he was released from the infamous prison. Also included in this program is a long piece by trumpeter and composer, Garrett List, entitled “Your Own Self” which takes as it text words by the famous Abolitionist, Frederick Douglass.

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Musical Selections:  Attica, for speaker and instrumental ensemble [excerpt, text by Richard X. Clark] (1972) (0:30) / Frederic Rzewski -- Coming Together, for speaker and instrumental ensemble [text by Sam Melville] (1972) (19:13) / Frederic Rzewski -- Les Moutons de Panurge, percussion ensemble (1969) (16:14) / Frederic Rzewski
Performers:  Frederic Rzewski, pianos (Attica ; Coming)
Steve ben Israel, speaker (Attica ; Coming)
Karl Berger, vibraphone (Coming)
Alvin Curran, synthesizers (Coming)
Jon Gibson, alto saxophone (Coming)
Joan Kalisch, viola (Coming)
Garrett List, trombone (Coming)
Richard Youngstein, bass (Coming)
Blackearth Percussion Group: (Moutons)
Garry Kvistad, almglocken (Moutons)
Richard Kvistad, nabimba (Moutons)
Christopher Braun, vibraphone & glockenspiel (Moutons)
Anne Otte, xylophone (Moutons)
Genres:  20th Century Classical; New Music
Subject:  20th century classical; New music; Monologues with music (Instrumental ensemble); Percussion ensembles; Aleatory music
People:  Amirkhanian, Charles; Rzewski, Frederic; Clark, Richard X.; Melville, Samuel, 1935-1971; Berger, Karl H.; Curran, Alvin S., 1938-; Gibson, Jon ; Kalisch, Joan ; List, Garrett; Youngstein, Richard ; Ben Israel, Steve ; Kvistad, Garry ; Kvistad, Richard, 1943- ; Braun, Christopher; Otte, Anne
Recording Date:  7/3/1974
First Broadcast Date:  7/3/1974
 
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Musical Selections:  Your Own Self [text by Frederick Douglass] (1972) (35:42) / Garrett List -- Attica, for speaker and instrumental ensemble [text by Richard X. Clark] (1972) (6:26) / Frederic Rzewski
Performers:  Mike Willens, bass (Your)
David Jolley, French horn (Your)
Gordon Gottlieb, percussion (Your)
Gregory Reeves, percussion (Your)
Frederic Rzewski, piano (Your)
Rick Cutler, piano (Your)
Jon Gibson, saxophone (Your)
Garrett List, trombone (Your)
Lou Ranger, trumpet (Your)
Mark Gould, trumpet (Your)
Barry Jekowsky, vibraphone (Your)
Roy Pennington, vibraphone (Your)
Jay Clayton, voice (Your)
Jerry Kaplan, voice (Your)
Joan La Barbara, voice (Your)
Frederic Rzewski, pianos (Attica)
Steve ben Israel, speaker (Attica)
Karl Berger, vibraphone (Attica)
Alvin Curran, trumpet, piccolo (Attica)
Jon Gibson, alto saxophone (Attica)
Joan Kalisch, viola (Attica)
Garrett List, trombone (Attica)
Richard Youngstein, bass (Attica)
Genres:  20th Century Classical; Chamber Music
Subject:  20th century classical; New music; Monologues with music (Vocal trio with instrumental ensemble); Monologues with music (Instrumental ensemble)
People:  Amirkhanian, Charles; List, Garrett; Douglass, Frederick, 1818-1895 ; Rzewski, Frederic; Clark, Richard X.; Willens, Mike; Jolley, David ; Gottlieb, Gordon ; Gibson, Jon ; Reeves, Gregory; Cutler, Rick ; Ranger, Louis; Gould, Mark, trumpet player ; Jekowsky, Barry ; Pennington, Roy; Clayton, Jay; Kaplan, Jerry ; La Barbara, Joan, 1947-; Berger, Karl H.; Curran, Alvin S., 1938-; Kalisch, Joan ; Youngstein, Richard ; Ben Israel, Steve
Recording Date:  7/3/1974
First Broadcast Date:  7/3/1974
 
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