radiOM.org
A PART OF OTHERMINDS.ORG | CHARLES AMIRKHANIAN, ARTISTIC DIRECTOR | JIM NEWMAN, FOUNDER
SPACER
top
Home
About radiOM.org
Archive
Acknowledgments
Contribute
Contact
bottom

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

San Francisco Chamber Music Society:
Subotnick and Friends: A Concert from January 12, 1981

Listen
Item Type: Sound Recording Duration: 74 min
Event Type: Music Program Origin: KPFA

The fourth concert of the 1980-81 season of the San Francisco Chamber Music Society featured Morton Subotnick and friends, commemorating this composer-clarinetist’s appearance at the first Society concert held on November 21, 1961. In this return engagement, Subotnick performs Beethoven’s “Trio in B-Flat, Op. 11” as well as his own “Two Life Histories: A Melodrama.” The concert then concludes with Béla Bartók’s “Sonata for Two Pianos and Percussion.” In his “Two Life Histories,” scored for voice, clarinet and ghost electronics, Subotnick has dramatized the life cycle and metaphorical history of a butterfly, utilizing a mixture of stories from the “Old Testament” and Greek mythology. According to the program guide: “The electronic score consists of a small package of electronics and an audio tape. The tape acts as a controlling device for the electronics, causing the modules to process the instrumental sound according to the plan of the composition. The ghost series is a unique method of blending electronics with live performance so that the effect of the tape is not audible unless the performer is making a sound.” Bartók’s “Sonata” was, according to the program guide: “ written for four performers, all of whom are treated equally as virtuosi. The first movement ranges in mood from the foreboding introduction, to the barbaric first theme, to the quiet second theme in Bulgarian rhythm. A galloping fugue develops out of a horn call...The second movement consists of a much simpler three part form with a coda, an impressionistic painting of ‘night music.’ Bell-like sonorities provide a background for a nervous five note figure reminiscent of the sound of a woodpecker. The tensions created by the first movement and continued in the second are resolved in the final movement, a straightforward dance.” This concert was recorded live at the Fireman’s Fund Forum in San Francisco on January 12, 1981 by Steve Wolfe.

Musical Selections:  Trio in B Flat, Op. 11, for clarinet, cello, and piano (1797) (18:12) / Ludwig van Beethoven -- Two Life Histories: A Melodrama, for voice, clarinet and ghost-electronics (1977) (24:41) / Morton Subotnick -- Sonata, for two pianos and percussion (1937) (26:43) / Béla Bartók
Performers:  Morton Subotnick, clarinet (Trio ; Two)
Bonnie Hampton, cello (Trio)
Naomi Sparrow, piano (Trio ; Sonata)
Marvin Hayes, bass-baritone (Two)
Nathan Schwartz, piano (Sonata)
Barry Jekowsky, percussion (Sonata)
Jack Van Geem, percussion (Sonata)
Genres:  Chamber Music; 20th Century Classical
Subject:  Chamber music; 18th century classical; 20th century classical; Trios (Piano, clarinet, cello); Electronic music; Monologues with music (Clarinet and electronics) ; Pianos (2) with percussion ensemble; Quartets (Pianos (2), percussion)
People:  Beethoven, Ludwig van, 1770-1827; Subotnick, Morton ; Bartók, Béla, 1881-1945; Hampton, Bonnie; Sparrow, Naomi; Hayes, Marvin; Schwartz, Nathan; Jekowsky, Barry; Van Geem, Jack
Recording Date:  1/12/1981
First Broadcast Date:  2/24/1981
 
Listen

 

spacer
Archives - Registration Required - Register here
Music
Interview
Interview and Music
Lectures and Panel Discussions
Documentary
Spoken Word
Inter-Media and Visual Arts
Other Finds


register

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
register