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21. - American Mavericks My Lunch with Mel Powell: An American Musical Feast [5.033% Popularity: 0.00000]
American Mavericks: My Lunch with Mel Powell: An American Musical Feast Listen Item Type: Sound Recording Duration: 59 min Event Type: Documentary Program Origin: KUSC Mel Powell could probably never have been anything but an American. He was a marvelous talker, a consummate raconteur with a sonorous storyteller's voice to make the tales more mesmerizing. He grew up in a building that overlooked Yankee Stadium. He even gave up baseball to save his thumbs for the piano. He played jazz, very well but very briefly. It’s been said that no jazz musician of comparable stature has ever had such a short career as Powell, because, in a very American way, he became weary of playing the same tune night after night with the Benny Goodman Band. First he tried Hollywood, and spent some time composing for MGM movies. Then he made a major change: he shipped himself off to Yale to study with Paul Hindemith. With this act, he not only started a new career as a classical composer, but also became an educator: one so dedicated t...
22. - Other Minds Festival OM 7: Artist Forum and Concert 1, March 8, 2001 (video) [4.968% Popularity: 0.00000]
Other Minds Festival: OM 7: Artist Forum and Concert 1, March 8, 2001 (video) View Item Type: Video Duration: 145 min Event Type: Lecture / Panel Discussion Program Origin: Other Minds The 7th Other Minds Festival of New Music (OM 7) began with a concert held on March 8, 2001, at the Cowell Theater of the Fort Mason Center, in San Francisco. Beginning a new tradition the night’s festivities began with a panel discussion, moderated by Other Minds Executive and Artistic Director, Charles Amirkhanian, who introduces a number of the evening’s featured composers and performers. Pianist Eve Egoyan, talks about the challenges of performing the works of Alan Hovhaness and Alvin Curran as well as relating her personal experience as a musician of Armenian parents growing up in Canada. Serbian composer Aleksandra Vrebalov describes her collaboration with the Kronos Quartet, who been instrumental in introducing her works to Western audiences. Chris Brown, best known for his electronic and computer music, discusses his wo...
23. - Speaking of Music Elliott Carter [4.955% Popularity: 0.00000]
Speaking of Music: Elliott Carter Listen Item Type: Sound Recording Duration: 111 min Event Type: Interview and Music Program Origin: KPFA Additional Media Files (click to view) Recorded on December 16, 1983 as part of San Francisco Exploratorium’s Speaking of Music series, Elliott Carter, who had then just celebrated his 75th birthday, (and in 2008 his 100th!), talks about his life and work, including his early friendship with Charles Ives, Edgar Varèse, and other modern composers. He describes how he was much taken with the adventurous music being composed in the early part of the 20th century, but how he himself sometimes sought to create a simpler and more melodic type of music, several examples of which are heard. After listening to several of Mr. Carter’s early recorded compositions there is also a live performance of several of his pieces for timpani, the complexity of which are described by the performer, Barry Jekowsky. Jekowsky also demonstrates Carter’s technique of “metric modulation.” Also discus...
24. - Morning Concert Chapel Court & Countryside: The Bach-Beethoven Connection [4.954% Popularity: 0.00000]
Morning Concert: Chapel Court & Countryside: The Bach-Beethoven Connection Listen Item Type: Sound Recording Duration: 123 min Event Type: Music Program Origin: KPFA Music of Johann Sebastian Bach and his sons, Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach and the “English Bach” John Christian Bach, and their influence on Haydn, Mozart and Beethoven, all in performances which attempt to approximate the sounds that audiences of the period might have experienced. Some listeners will prefer these performances, others will not; yet they all will find insights into how the majesty of Bach led to the magic of Mozart. (from KPFA Folio) Part 1 of 2: Musical Selections: Sweet and Low [text by Alfred Tennyson] / Joseph Barnaby -- Trio Sonata on the Royal Theme, BWV 1079 [from “The Musical Offering”] (1747) / Johann Sebastian Bach -- Rondo in C Major, H. 260 (1774-80) / Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach -- Symphonia No. 3 in C Major, H. 259 (1773) / Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach -- La D'Hericourt (1759) / Claude-Bénigne Balbastre -- Marche des marseil...
25. - Treasury of the 78's Early Recordings of Music by Béla Bartók [4.700% Popularity: 0.00000]
Treasury of the 78's: Early Recordings of Music by Béla Bartók Listen Item Type: Sound Recording Duration: 60 mins Event Type: Music Program Origin: KPFA From a program first broadcast on June 25, 1962, John Whiting presents some early 78 rpm recordings of works by Béla Bartók. Although the recordings suffer from the scratches and other distortions typical of old shellac discs, the quality and historical nature of the performances are such so as to allow for some imperfections in the recording medium. Of particular interest is Bartók’s “Concerto for Orchestra” performed by the Concertgebouw Orchestra of Amsterdam, under the direction of Eduard van Beinum, in which the scratches during the soft intro quickly give way to a robust presentation of one of Bartók’s latter orchestral masterpieces. The recording quality of the following selections of piano music is more problematic, but given that they are performed by the composer himself, who introduces each piece in his native Hungarian, make them of some historic...
26. - A Life in Music: Elliott Carter [3.937% Popularity: 0.00000]
A Life in Music: Elliott Carter Listen Item Type: Sound Recording Duration: 116 min Event Type: Documentary Program Origin: KPFA This program provides an overview of Elliott Carter's compositions from 1942 to 1978. It includes excerpts from several of his works, including the “Symphony No. 1” (1942), “Piano Sonata” (1945-6), “Cello Sonata” (1948), and “Double Concerto for Harpsichord and Piano” (1961). Importantly, the program also includes recordings of complete performances of the “Sonata for Flute, Oboe, Cello and Harpsichord” (1952) with an informative analysis by David Schiff (Carter's biographer). In addition, the “String Quartet No. 2” (1959), “Symphony of Three Orchestras”, and “Syringa for Mezzo Soprano, Baritone and Chamber Orchestra” are presented. Elliott Carter and David Schiff are interviewed by Charles Amirkhanian. This program was produced, written, edited and hosted by Steve Robinson. Part 1 of 2: Musical Selections: Symphony No. 1 [excerpt] (1942) -- Piano Sonata [excerpt] (1945-6) -- Sonata...
27. - Morning Concert Vincent Plush (1986) [3.926% Popularity: 0.00000]
Morning Concert: Vincent Plush (1986) Listen Item Type: Sound Recording Duration: 141 min Event Type: Interview and Music Program Origin: KPFA In 1986 composer Vincent Plush, whose music in his native Australia enjoys a popularity akin to that of our own John Adams here, visited the KPFA studios to discuss his orchestra piece, "Pacifica", which was premiered June 14, 1986 by the Sydney Symphony under the direction of Zdeněk Mácal, at the Sydney Opera House on the occasion of the tenth anniversary of ABC-FM radio. Plush, born in Adelaide, South Australia, in 1950, also introduces important music by other Australians and talks about the plans for the celebration of the bicentennial of his country. Plush's music, incorporating Australian themes in the collage fashion of the American composer Charles Ives, has taken an internationalist turn in "Pacifica", a 25 minute work which celebrates the music of those cultures and countries in Latin America which border the Pacific Basin. The piece contains references to t...
28. - Gertrude Stein 100th Anniversary Concert [2.657% Popularity: 0.00000]
Gertrude Stein 100th Anniversary Concert Listen Item Type: Sound Recording Duration: 121 min Event Type: Music Program Origin: KPFA This four part program is of a live broadcast from a concert given at 1750 Arch Street on February 3, 1974, in honor of Gertrude Stein on the 100th anniversary of her birth. During the intermission and while the audience viewed the film "The Last Still Life" by Ann Sandifer, Charles Amirkhanian plays a recording of a Suite from Virgil Thomson's opera, "The Mother of Us All", based on a text by Gertrude Stein. The live concert then concludes with an additional work by Thomson and one by Charles Shere. Part 1 of 4: Musical Selections: Miss Gertrude Stein as a Young Girl (1928) / Virgil Thomson -- A Valentine to Sherwood Anderson (1922) / Gertrude Stein -- Preciosilla / Gertrude Stein -- Preciosilla [text by Gertrude Stein] (1926) / Virgil Thomson -- She She and She (1974) / Charles Amirkhanian -- Sonata No.3 (1930) / Virgil Thomson Performers: Ron Erickson, violin (Stein as a young...
29. - Astor Piazzolla: Tango Assassin [2.652% Popularity: 0.00000]
Astor Piazzolla: Tango Assassin Listen Item Type: Sound Recording Duration: 117 min Event Type: Music Program Origin: KPFA From a program recorded in 1989, Charles Amirkhanian interviews two Bay Area musicians who are very familiar with the work of the remarkable composer and bandoneon player, Astor Piazzolla. Marta Bracchi-LeRoux, is a pianist, and native of Montevideo, Uruguay, one of the birthplaces of the tango, and where she was acquainted as a young musician with Piazzolla and his work, even before he began to compose his nuevo tangos. She and her husband, the French conductor and oboe player, Jean-Louis LeRoux, are now known for founding the San Francisco Contemporary Music Players, and for their tireless promotion of avant-garde composers. But in the early 1950s, they participated in the world premiere of Piazzolla’s “Concerto for Clarinet and Orchestra” in Montevideo where Piazzolla and other Buenos Aires residents frequently traveled for performances as well as occasional vacations. Marta and Jean-L...
30. - Morning Concert Peggy Glanville-Hicks and Her Odyssey [2.071% Popularity: 0.00000]
Morning Concert: Peggy Glanville-Hicks and Her Odyssey Listen Item Type: Sound Recording Duration: 107 min Event Type: Interview and Music Program Origin: KPFA Born Dec. 29, 1912 in Melbourne, Australia, Peggy Glanville-Hicks was, until recently, virtually unknown in her native country. In 1931 she won a scholarship to the Royal College of Music in London, where she studied composition, piano and conducting with the cream of British musical life: Ralph Vaughan Williams, Arthur Benjamin, Constant Lambert, and Malcolm Sargent. A traveling scholarship sent her to Vienna in 1936 to study with Egon Wellesz and to Paris for sessions with Nadia Boulanger. From 1942 to 1959, she lived in the United States, becoming active as a resourceful and inventive concert organizer, and as a brilliant music critic for the “New York Herald Tribune”, where her colleagues were Virgil Thomson, Lou Harrison and Paul Bowles. After leaving New York, she settled in Greece before returning to Australia in the mid-seventies. Her own music...
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