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Speaking of Music:
Olly Wilson, 1987

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

Recorded on November 5, 1987 as part of the San Francisco Exploratorium’s Speaking of Music series, Charles Amirkhanian interviews Olly Wilson about his life growing up in St. Louis and the influence that the music of the African American churches of his childhood had on his work as a composer. We hear his reworking of the African American spiritual "Sometimes I Feel Like a Motherless Child", his "Sinfonia" which had recently been performed by the Boston Symphony, and his work "No More" which was inspired by the political situation in South Africa during the apartheid years.

Part 1 of 2:  
Musical Selections:  Sometimes (1976) -- Sinfonia [1st movement] (1983) -- Sinfonia [2nd movement] (1983) -- Sinfonia [3rd movement] (1983)
Performers:  William Brown, vocals (Sometimes)
Genres:  Electro-Acoustic / Electronic; 20th Century Classical
Subject:  Wilson, Olly, 1937-; Electro-acoustic; Electronic music; 20th century classical; African American composers; Spirituals (Songs); Songs (High voice) with electronics; Orchestral music; Symphonies
People:  Amirkhanian, Charles; Wilson, Olly, 1937-; Brown, William, 1938-2004
Recording Date:  11/5/1987
 
Part 2 of 2:  
Musical Selections:  No More (1985)
Performers:  San Francisco Contemporary Chamber Players (No More)
William Brown, vocals (No More)
Genre:  20th Century Classical
Subject:  Wilson, Olly, 1937-; 20th century classical; African American composers; Songs (High voice) with instrumental ensemble
People:  Amirkhanian, Charles; Wilson, Olly, 1937-; Brown, William, 1938-2004
Recording Date:  11/5/1987
 
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