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Ode To Gravity:
New Music and New Books on Music

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Item Type: Sound Recording Duration: 87 min
Event Type: Interview and Music Program Origin: KPFA

In this educational and erudite program, recorded on February 25, 1976, Charles Amirkhanian begins by introducing two compositions: “Inori” a work for orchestra by Karlheinz Stockhausen, who, in an interview with Dutch Radio, describes his disappointment with the lack of popular engagement with many of his compositional choices; and “Empty Mirror” a 1975 text-sound composition by Neil Rolnick. Charles is then joined in the studio by Joan La Barbara who presents a recording of her 1975 composition “Thunder” for voice, timpani, and electronics. The two then welcome Ingram Marshall and John Adams to the KPFA microphone to discuss an important publication in the field of new music, “Sound Structure in Music” by former KPFA musical director, Robert Erickson. The book focuses on the role that timbre has had in the works of contemporary composers starting with Schoenberg and Debussy and continuing with the likes of Pauline Oliveros and Christopher Hobbs, among others. The conversation does get a little technical at times, but also includes numerous brief excerpts from a range of works that highlights the reviewers’ comments and keep the discussion interesting and relevant to both professional musicologists and laymen alike. The program then concludes with an examination of another book, “Experimental Music-Cage and Beyond” by Michael Nyman, which attempts to delineate the difference between avant-garde and experimental music.

Musical Selections:  Inori (”Prayer,” or “Adoration”), for mime and orchestra [excerpt] (1973-74) (8:26) / Karlheinz Stockhausen -- Empty Mirror, for tape (1975) (10:14) / Neil Rolnick -- Thunder, for voice, timpani, and electronics (1975) (10:00) / Joan La Barbara -- Intégrales, for wind and percussion [excerpt] (1924-25) (1:25) / Edgard Varèse -- Fünf Orchesterstücke: Farben, Mässig (”Five Pieces for Orchestra: Summer Morning by a Lake, Chord-Colors”), Op. 16, No. 3 [excerpt] (1909) (1:04) / Arnold Schoenberg -- Jeux, a ballet [excerpt] (1912-13) (0:10) / Claude Debussy -- Nocturnes: Fêtes [excerpt] (1897-99) (0:29) / Claude Debussy -- Sound Patterns, for chorus [excerpt] (1961) (0:20) / Pauline Oliveros -- Fünf Orchesterlieder nach Ansichtkartentexten von Peter Altenberg “Altenberg Lieder”, Op. 4 [excerpt] (1912) (0:34) / Alban Berg -- Aran (1971-73( (0:53) / Christopher Hobbs -- [possibly a realization of “Christian Zeal and Activity,” excerpt] (1973) (3:00) / John Adams
Performers:  Hilversum Radio Philharmonic Orchestra (Inori)
Joan La Barbara, voice (Thunder)
Bruce Ditmas, timpani (Thunder)
Warren Smith, timpani (Thunder)
Genres:  Orchestral Music; Electro-Acoustic / Electronic
Subject:  Orchestral music; Ballets; Mixed media (Music); Sound poetry; Text-sound compositions; Electronic music; Songs (High voice) with percussion; Music -- Acoustics and physics; Sound; Tone color (Music); Choruses, Secular (Mixed voices), Unaccompanied; Percussion with instrumental ensemble
People:  Amirkhanian, Charles; Kliphuis, Harry; Stockhausen, Karlheinz, 1928-2007; Rolnick, Neil B.; La Barbara, Joan, 1947-; Marshall, Ingram, 1942-; Ditmas, Bruce ; Smith, Warren, 1934-; Varèse, Edgard, 1883-1965; Erickson, Robert, 1917-1997; Adams, John, 1947-; Schoenberg, Arnold, 1874-1951; Debussy, Claude, 1862-1918; Oliveros, Pauline, 1932-2016; Berg, Alban, 1885-1935; Hobbs, Christopher, 1950-
Recording Date:  2/25/1976
First Broadcast Date:  2/25/1976
 
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