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Ode To Gravity:
A Concert of American Music for Violin and Piano

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Item Type: Sound Recording Duration: 109 min
Event Type: Music Program Origin: KPFA

From 1982, Charles Amirkhanian introduces a concert of violin and piano music by American composers, some obscure and some well known. The music is performed live in the KPFA studio, by the San Francisco duo, violinist Greg Mazmanian and pianist Robert Hagopian. The works range from an early romantic sonata by John Alden Carpenter, to more modern sounding sonatas by Henry Cowell, and Aaron Copland. Also included are two works by Alan Hovhaness, the haunting opus one, “Oror (’Lullaby’)” and the perhaps better known “Khirgiz Suite”. The concert concludes with “Hexapoda” by Robert Russell Bennett. Charles provides background information about each of the pieces as well as a brief introduction of the performers.

Part 1 of 2:  
Musical Selections:  Sonata, for violin and piano (1911) (23:43) / John Alden Carpenter -- Sonata, for violin and piano (1945) (18:13) / Henry Cowell
Performers:  Greg Mazmanian, violin
Richard Hagopian, piano
Genres:  20th Century Classical; Chamber Music
Subject:  20th century classical; Chamber music; Composers -- United States; Sonatas (Violin and piano)
People:  Amirkhanian, Charles; Carpenter, John Alden, 1876-1951; Cowell, Henry, 1897-1965; Mazmanian, Greg ; Hagopian, Richard
Recording Date:  11/8/1982
First Broadcast Date:  11/8/1982
 
Part 2 of 2:  
Musical Selections:  Sonata, for violin and piano (1943) (18:15) / Aaron Copland -- Oror (”Lullaby”), Op. 1 (1927) (2:30) / Alan Hovhaness -- Khirgiz Suite, Op. 73 (1951) (5:12) / Alan Hovhaness -- Hexapoda, Five Studies in Jitteroptera: Gut Bucket Gus ; Jane Shakes Her Hair ; Betty & Harold Close Their Eyes ; Jim Jives ; Till Dawn Sunday (1940) (7:37) / Robert Russell Bennett
Performers:  Greg Mazmanian, violin
Richard Hagopian, piano
Genres:  20th Century Classical; Chamber Music
Subject:  20th century classical; Chamber music; Composers -- United States; Sonatas (Violin and piano); Violin and piano music; Suites (Violin and piano)
People:  Amirkhanian, Charles; Copland, Aaron, 1900-1990; Hovhaness, Alan, 1911-2000; Bennett, Robert Russell, 1894-1981; Mazmanian, Greg ; Hagopian, Richard
Recording Date:  11/8/1982
First Broadcast Date:  11/8/1982
 
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