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Performer's Choice:
Program No. 2, May 13. 1963

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Item Type: Sound Recording Duration: 59 min
Event Type: Music Program Origin: KPFA

The second in KPFA’s Performer's Choice concert series, recorded at the Hall of Flowers, in San Francisco, on May 13, 1963. The concert begins with the Performer’s Choice Ensemble presenting Edgar Varèse’s “Octandre,” conducted by Gerhard Samuel. Salvatore Martirano then conducts a precocious chamber ensemble from Berkeley High School in his “Octet”. Other compositions included Webern’s “Concerto, Opus 24”, and Mozart’s “Sonata in B Flat Major, K. 454” performed by David Abel and Nathan Schwartz. From 1963 to 1964 KPFA presented five such concerts featuring contemporary classical compositions, many by San Francisco based composers, including Lou Harrison, Pauline Oliveros, and Gordon Mumma, as well as works by more internationally known composers such as Karlheinz Stockhausen. The Performer’s Choice concert series served as the springboard for the careers of a number of the young Californian composers featured here.

Part 1 of 2:  
Musical Selections:  Octandre, for flute, clarinet, oboe, bassoon, horn, trumpet, trombone and contrabass (1923) (6:36) / Edgar Varèse -- Octet, for celesta, two clarinets, flute, marimba, violin, violoncello, and double bass (1963) (6:25) / Salvatore Martirano
Performers:  The Performer’s Choice Ensemble (Octandre)
Gerhard Samuel, conductor (Octandre)
Berkeley High School Ensemble (Octet)
Salvatore Martirano, conductor (Octet)
Genres:  20th Century Classical; Chamber Music
Subject:  20th century classical; Chamber music; Octets (Bassoon, clarinet, flute, horn, oboe, trombone, trumpet, double bass); Octets (Celesta, clarinets (2), flute, marimba, violin, cello, double bass); Musical sketches
People:  Varèse, Edgard, 1883-1965; Martirano, Salvatore; Erickson, Robert, 1917-1997; Samuel, Gerhard
Recording Date:  5/13/1963
First Broadcast Date:  7/23/1963
 
Part 2 of 2:  
Musical Selections:  Concerto, Op. 24, for nine instruments (1931-34) (6:36) / Anton Webern -- Concerto, Op. 24 [encore, last movement] (1931-34) (1:15) / Anton Webern -- Sonata in B Flat Major, K. 454, for violin and piano (1784) (22:13) / Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performers:  The Performer’s Choice Ensemble (Concerto)
Gerhard Samuel, conductor (Concerto)
David Abel, violin (Sonata)
Nathan Schwartz, piano (Sonata)
Genres:  Classical Music; Chamber Music
Subject:  18th century classical; 20th century classical; Chamber music; Nonets (Piano, clarinet, flute, horn, oboe, trombone, trumpet, violin, viola); Sonatas (Violin and piano)
People:  Webern, Anton, 1883-1945; Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus, 1756-1791; Samuel, Gerhard; Schwartz, Nathan; Abel, David, 1935-
Recording Date:  5/13/1963
First Broadcast Date:  7/23/1963
 
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