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Performances by the ONCE Chamber Ensemble

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Item Type: Sound Recording Duration: 35 min
Event Type: Music Program Origin: KPFA

The ONCE Chamber Ensemble performs new and avant-garde music by four 20th century composers. The first work, “Bestiary I, Eingang,” is a 1961 composition by George Cacioppo and features soprano Karen Lovejoy. This is followed by Donald Scavarda’s “Sounds for Eleven,” “Two Pieces” by Bruce Wise,” and “Wedge” by Roger Reynolds. Each of these works for chamber ensemble exhibit the avant-garde sensibility of the mid-20th century, with its focus on percussion, tinkling piano, and abrupt brass sounds. The ONCE Chamber Ensemble, and the associated ONCE Festival, based in Ann Arbor Michigan, was one of the most experimental groups of composers and musicians in America during the early 1960s.

Musical Selections:  Bestiary I, Eingang, for soprano, percussion, and piano (1961) (6:59) / George Cacioppo -- Sounds for Eleven, for instrumental ensemble (1961) (9:27) / Donald Scavarda -- Two Pieces, for piano and instrumental ensemble (1958) (7:40) / Bruce Wise -- Wedge, for instrumental ensemble (1961) (7:38) / Roger Reynolds
Performers:  ONCE Chamber Ensemble (all)
Karen Lovejoy, soprano (Bestiary)
Wayne Dunlap, conductor (Bestiary ; Two)
Donald Scavarda, conductor (Sounds)
Bruce Wise, piano (Two)
David Sutherland, conductor (Wedge)
Genres:  New Music; Avant-Garde
Subject:  New music; Avant-garde (Music); Songs (High voice) with percussion and piano; Instrumental ensembles
People:  Cacioppo, George; Scavarda, Donald, 1928-; Wise, Bruce, 1929-; Reynolds, Roger, 1934-; Lovejoy, Karen; Dunlap, Wayne (Conductor) ; Scavarda, Donald, 1928- ; Sutherland, David (Conductor)
First Broadcast Date:  8/3/1967
 
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