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Speaking of Music:
Libby Larsen

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Item Type: Sound Recording Duration: 115 min
Event Type: Interview and Music Program Origin: KPFA

The composer and co-founder of the American Composers Forum is lively and candid in this late-1980s period piece recorded in front of a live audience on November 13, 1986 as part of the San Francisco Exploratorium’s Speaking of Music series . Questioned by Charles Amirkhanian and members of the audience, Larsen talks about many things; including her background (entering music school with a deep background in "stride boogie, Gregorian chant, and the Mickey Mouse Club”); the myth of making a living as a composer; and the story of a commission from the town of Terrace, MN, population 70. Examples of Larson's music are heard, including Black Roller", "The Daytime Moon", and "Up Where the Air Is Thin" as well as excerpts from "Four on the Floor".

Part 1 of 2:  
Musical Selections:  Four on the Floor [excerpts from the video soundtrack] (1983) -- Up Where the Air Is Thin (1985)
Performers:  Minnesota Artists’ Ensemble (Floor)
Janet Horvath, cello (Air)
Bill Schrickel, bass (Air)
Genre:  20th Century Classical
Subject:  Larsen, Libby; 20th century classical; Mixed media (Music); Motion picture music; Quartets (Piano, violin, cello, double bass); Cello and double bass music
People:  Amirkhanian, Charles; Larsen, Libby; Horvath, Janet; Schrickel, William
Recording Date:  11/13/1986
 
Part 2 of 2:  
Musical Selections:  Daytime Moon [video soundtrack] -- Black Roller (1975)
Performers:  Libby Larsen, voice and percussion (Daytime)
Mai Juku Dance Company (Daytime)
St. Paul Chamber Orchestra (Black)
Lee Humphries, conductor (Black)
Genre:  20th Century Classical
Subject:  Larsen, Libby; 20th century classical; Mixed media (Music); Motion picture music; Vocalises with instrumental ensemble; Octets (Piano, bassoon, clarinet, flute, oboe, violin, viola, cello); Viola with instrumental ensemble
People:  Amirkhanian, Charles; Larsen, Libby; Humphries, Lee
Recording Date:  11/13/1986
 
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