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San Francisco Chamber Music Society:
A Concert by the Jerome Neff Percussion Ensemble, March 22, 1982

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Item Type: Sound Recording Duration: 101 min
Event Type: Music Program Origin: KPFA

The sixth concert of the 1981-82 season of the San Francisco Chamber Music Society featured the Jerome Neff Percussion Ensemble performing contemporary works for percussion by such luminaries as Carlos Chávez and John Cage as well as arrangements of many works by lesser known 18th century composers such as Louis Claude Daquin and François Joseph Gossec, among others. Also included is perhaps one of the first performances of “Mallets Aforethought”, a work by Wayne Peterson that was commissioned by the Chamber Music Society. Jerome Neff answers questions from the audience and provides extensive commentary on the works, describing the evolution of percussion music during the 20th century, demonstrating the various instruments, and otherwise enthusiastically promoting everything percussive. This concert was held on March 22, 1982 at the Fireman’s Fund Forum in San Francisco.

Part 1 of 2:  
Musical Selections:  Toccata for Percussion (1942) (11:15) / Carlos Chávez -- Forever and Sunsmell [text by e.e. cummings] (1942) (6:35) / John Cage -- Le Coucou (”The Cuckoo”) (2:12) / Louis Claude Daquin -- The Lute Player (1:06) / Johann Philipp Kirnberger -- The Weeping Woman (2:17) / Jean-François Dandrieu (?) -- Gavotte (2:03) / François Joseph Gossec -- Rondo [from “Sonata in E”] (2:30) / Johann Christian Bach
Performers:  Jerome Neff Percussion Ensemble
Genres:  Chamber Music; 20th Century Classical
Subject:  20th century classical; 18th century classical; Chamber music; Percussion ensembles; Songs with instrumental ensemble
People:  Neff, Jerome ; Chávez, Carlos, 1899-1978; Cage, John; Cummings, E. E. (Edward Estlin), 1894-1962; Daquin, Louis Claude, 1694-1772 ; Kirnberger, Johann Philipp, 1721-1783; Dandrieu, Jean François, 1682-1738; Gossec, François Joseph, 1734-1829; Bach, Johann Christian, 1735-1782
Recording Date:  3/22/1982
First Broadcast Date:  4/27/1982
 
Part 2 of 2:  
Musical Selections:  Mallets Aforethought (ca. 1982) (9:24) / Wayne Peterson -- Three by Landor [texts by Walter Savage Landor] (1981) (8:04) / Jerome Neff -- Lift-Off! (1972) (8:45) / Russell Peck
Performers:  Jerome Neff Percussion Ensemble
Genres:  Chamber Music; 20th Century Classical
Subject:  20th century classical; Chamber music; Percussion ensembles; Songs with instrumental ensemble
People:  Neff, Jerome ; Peterson, Wayne, 1927-; Landor, Walter Savage, 1775-1864; Peck, Russell, 1945-
Recording Date:  3/22/1982
First Broadcast Date:  4/27/1982
 
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