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Speaking of Music:
An Evening with Charles Shere, 1984

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Item Type: Sound Recording Duration: 118 min
Event Type: Interview and Music Program Origin: KPFA

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Recorded on November 29, 1984 as part of the San Francisco Exploratorium’s Speaking of Music series, Charles Amirkhanian interviews American composer, critic, and former musical director at KPFA, Charles Shere, about his opera “The Bride Stripped Bare by her Bachelors, Even“. The opera, which is inspired by the Marcel Duchamp painting of the same name, uses Duchamp’s notes for much of the libretto. Shere, who was heavily influenced by the new music of John Cage and others, describes in detail Duchamp’s iconic work and then talks about how he has tried to capture it’s spirit in his avant-garde opera. Shere highlights his remarks with slides and excerpts from the opera.

Part 1 of 2:  
Musical Selections:  Ces Désirs du Quatuor [excerpt, included in “The Bride Stripped Bare by her Bachelors, Even”] (1964) (3:20) -- Perhaps Use... [an aria from “The Bride Stripped Bare by her Bachelors, Even”, text by Marcel Duchamp, also included in “Accompanied Vocal Exercises”] (1964) (2:34)
Performers:  Linda Fulton, soprano (Perhaps)
Peter Winkler, piano (Perhaps)
Genres:  New Music; 20th Century Classical
Subject:  Shere, Charles, 1935-; Duchamp, Marcel, 1887-1968; 20th century classical; New music; Art, Modern; Aleatory music; Graphic notation (Music); Quartets (Bassoon, clarinet, trombone, tuba); Operas -- Excerpts; Songs (High voice) with piano
People:  Amirkhanian, Charles; Shere, Charles, 1935-; Duchamp, Marcel, 1887-1968; Mallarmé, Stéphane, 1842-1898 ; Tzara, Tristan, 1896-1963 ; Rimbaud, Arthur, 1854-1891; Fulton, Linda; Winkler, Peter, 1943-
Recording Date:  11/29/1984
 
Part 2 of 2:  
Musical Selections:  B and C [an aria from “The Bride Stripped Bare by her Bachelors, Even”, text by Marcel Duchamp] (1964-84) (1:14) -- Tongues [1st movement] (1978) (6:54)
Performers:  Anna Carol Dudley, soprano (B)
Andrew Hoyem, vocals (Tongues)
Arch Ensemble (Tongues)
Genres:  New Music; 20th Century Classical
Subject:  Shere, Charles, 1935-; 20th century classical; New music; Operas -- Excerpts; Aleatory music; Instrumental ensembles
People:  Amirkhanian, Charles; Shere, Charles, 1935-; Duchamp, Marcel, 1887-1968; Dudley, Anna Carol; Hoyem, Andrew
Recording Date:  11/29/1984
 
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