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La Monte Young: 42 for Henry Flynt

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Item Type: Sound Recording Duration: 17 min
Event Type: Music Program Origin: KPFA

La Monte Young is an American associated with the group of composers who have derived a good deal of their impetus from the music and personality of John Cage. He was a student at the University of California, where much of his early music was performed in the late 1950's. Since that time he has gone on to fame as a progenitor of the minimalist music movement. His hypnotic electronic and electric keyboard works, ranging from drones to blues and from equal temperament to just intonation, have maintained their fascination for a growing portion of underground music lovers worldwide. By his own admission he is perhaps the most significant composer since Ludwig van Beethoven. For many years now Young has collaborated with the visual artist, Marian Zazeela, whose remarkable light environments frame his musical ideas perfectly, surrounding the performance area with illusory effects in radiant lavender and red violets that heighten the listener's attention.

42 for Henry Flynt probably has not been written out as a composition. The number in the title changes from performance to performance, depending on the number of repetitions of the sounds. The orchestration is flexible as well. This realization was performed by Peter Winkler on a gong, and was recorded at the Third Annual Festival of the Avant Garde in San Francisco, 1965. Its hypnotic character made it a favorite of KPFA Radio listeners for several generations. For more information on essayist and artist Henry Flynt, visit www.henryflynt.org.

Musical Selections:  42 for Henry Flynt / La Monte Young
Performers:  Peter Winkler, gong
Genres:  Minimalism; Avant-Garde
Subject:  Young, La Monte; Flynt, Henry; Third Annual Festival of the Avant Garde in San Francisco; Minimal music; Avant-garde (Music) ; Gong music
People:  Young, La Monte; Winkler, Peter, 1943-
First Broadcast Date:  12/5/1965
 
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