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Ode To Gravity:
An Interview with Phil Winsor, 1981

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Item Type: Sound Recording Duration: 146 min
Event Type: Interview Program Origin: KPFA

Recorded in Chicago, in March of 1981, Charles Amirkhanian interviews composer Phil Corner about his music and career. Born in Morris, Illinois, in 1938, Winsor received his initial musical education at Illinois Wesleyan University and San Francisco State University before doing some graduate work at the University of California, Berkeley and doctoral studies at the University of Illinois. While in the San Francisco Bay Area during the 1960s Winsor also worked for several years at KPFA. In this interview Winsor and Amirkhanian introduce a wide selection of Winsor’s compositions from the 1960s and early 70s, including chamber works, electro-acoustic compositions, as well as pieces of pure electronic music. They also discuss Winsor’s impressions of KPFA, what it was like as a student of Robert Erikson, as well as his own experiences teaching at DePaul University in Chicago. Winsor mentions some of his frustrations with conservative academia, as well as the change in expectations and familiarity with traditional orchestral instrumentation among his current students.

Note: It is uncertain if the organ piece is Orgel I or Orgel II, although the latter seems the most likely.

Musical Selections:  Melted Ears, for two pianos (1967) (12:58) -- Gorge, for double bass and tape (1969) (13:29) -- Orgel II, for organ and tape (1968) (12:46) -- Conflations, for chamber orchestra (1964) (5:08) -- Coronation, for four amplified trumpets (1966) (6:35) -- Sound Study III: The Bride Stripped Bare, for tape [soundtrack to a film by Tom Palazzolo] (1965-69) (11:46) -- Flos Harmonicus II, for amplified string quartet (1971) (14:35) -- Lullaby, for MOOG synthesizer [excerpt] (1972) (8:50) -- Kyrie Eleison, for double choir and tape [excerpt] (1969-77) (3:13)
Performers:  William Albright, piano ; organ (Melted ; Orgel)
Thomas Warburtan, piano (Melted)
Bertram Turetzky, double bass (Gorge)
RAI Orchestra of Rome (Conflations)
Ferruccio Scalia, conductor (Conflations)
The Fromm Players: (Coronation)
P. Chapman, trumpet (Coronation)
R. Mcgregor, trumpet (Coronation)
A. Briggs, trumpet (Coronation)
J. Simpson, trumpet (Coronation)
Phil Winsor, conductor (Coronation)
Mills College String Quartet (Flos)
Nathan Rubin violin (Flos)
Genres:  New Music; Electro-Acoustic / Electronic
Subject:  Winsor, Phil, 1938-; New music; Electronic music; Electro-acoustic; 20th century classical; Music -- Instruction and study; Piano music (Pianos (2)); Double bass music; String quintets (Double basses (5)); Organ music; Organ and electronic music; Chamber orchestra music; Brass quartets (Trumpets (4)); Electronics with instrumental ensemble; Motion picture music; String quartets; Synthesizer music ; Kyrie eleison (Music); Choruses, Sacred (Mixed voices) with electronics; Drone music
People:  Amirkhanian, Charles; Winsor, Phil, 1938-; Albright, William; Warburton, Thomas, 1940- ; Turetzky, Bertram, 1933- ; Scalia, Ferruccio ; Rubin, Nathan, 1929-
Recording Date:  3/19/1981
First Broadcast Date:  8/24/1981
 
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