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1. - Speaking of Music Frederic Rzewski, 1989 [5.061% Popularity: 0.00000]
Speaking of Music: Frederic Rzewski, 1989 Listen Item Type: Sound Recording Duration: 127 min Event Type: Interview and Music Program Origin: C Amirkhanian Recorded on January 9, 1989 as part of the San Francisco Exploratorium’s Speaking of Music series, Charles Amirkhanian interviews Frederic Rzewski, one of the most important American composer/performers of the late 20th century. Rzewski was born in 1938 in Westfield, Massachusetts and educated at Harvard and Princeton, where he studied with Walter Piston, Roger Sessions, and Milton Babbitt. In 1960 he went to Italy to study with Luigi Dallapiccola, and has continued to live in Europe for much of his life. He was a cofounder with Alvin Curran of the radical avant-garde group Musica Elettronica Viva, which was famous for their improvised electronic music concerts during the 1960s and 70s. The composer of a famous set of piano variations on Victor Jara's “El Pueblo Unido Jamas Sera Vencido”, Rzewski discusses his recent music and artistic tastes. Rzewski is k...
2. - Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Concert [5.059% Popularity: 0.00000]
Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Concert Listen Item Type: Sound Recording Duration: 41 min Event Type: Music Program Origin: C Amirkhanian This is the first half of a concert given at the Fresno State College Department of Music, Recital Hall Music Building on Nov. 11, 1964. It features compositions by students and faculty of Fresno State College performed by members of the Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia. In the audience that day was the recently appointed President of Fresno State, Frederic W. Ness, whose own participation in Phi Mu Alpha Sinfona in his college days made it especially meaningful for all the musicians performing for him. Providing the spoken introduction at the start of the concert is, the then 19 year old, Charles Amirkhanian, who went on to an illustrious career as Musical Director at KPFA, Executive and Artistic Director of Other Minds, and stalwart promoter and educator of all things pertaining to New Music. Musical Selections: Hail Sinfonia / Sullivan-Lutton -- These Things Shall Be [text by J. Addington S...
3. - Pacifica Chamber Players A Concert by the Pacifica Chamber Players, (Jan. 16, 1972) [4.705% Popularity: 0.00000]
Pacifica Chamber Players: A Concert by the Pacifica Chamber Players, (Jan. 16, 1972) Listen Item Type: Sound Recording Duration: 85 min Event Type: Music Program Origin: KPFA A recording of a concert by the Pacifica Chamber Players given at the Berkeley Piano Club on January 16, 1972. The program features chamber works composed over the past three centuries, beginning with Mendelssohn’s ‘Piano Sextet in D Major” and Mozart’s “Oboe Quartet in F Major.” These are followed by three 20th century works, a short piece for piano four hands by Ricklen Nobis, Paul Juon’s “Divertimento” for clarinet and two violas, and finally a Quintet by Sergey Prokofiev. The Pacifica Chamber Players was a local San Francisco Bay Area Ensemble that performed regularly on KPFA during the 1970s. Musical Selections: Sextet in D Major, Op. 110, for strings and piano (1824) (22:34) / Felix Mendelssohn -- Oboe Quartet in F Major, K. 370, for oboe and strings (1781) (15:52) / Wolfgang Ameadeus Mozart -- Theme and Variations, for piano four ...
4. - Ode To Gravity Bon Bonn Bon [3.944% Popularity: 0.00000]
Ode To Gravity: Bon Bonn Bon Listen Item Type: Sound Recording Duration: 52 min Event Type: Music Program Origin: KPFA Originally broadcast on the 200th anniversary of Beethoven's birth, this program would have had the deaf composer holding his head in amazement. An energetic mix of assorted musical genres, this program combines the madness one would associate with the Fugs with the elegance reminiscent of a Chopin nocturne, and with a healthy dose of jazz and a little bit of poetry by Ezra Pound thrown in for seasoning. The show concludes with a work for piano by the Maestro himself. A stunning tour de force of free-form avant-garde radio. Produced by Charles Amirkhanian and Richard Friedman this show also introduces the Harvey Shaw Ensemble of Florida in their West Coast premiere broadcast. Musical Selections: [unidentified mix] -- [an improvisation] / Harvey Shaw Ensemble -- [unidentified piece] / Django Reinhardt -- Nocturne in C Major Op. 54 No. 4 (1889-91) / Edvard Grieg -- Three Spanish Songs and Dance...
5. - New Sounds San Jose 3rd Annual Festival, (Feb. 7, 1981) [3.563% Popularity: 0.00000]
New Sounds San Jose: 3rd Annual Festival, (Feb. 7, 1981) Listen Item Type: Sound Recording Duration: 165 min Event Type: Music Program Origin: KPFA The first concert of the Third Annual New Sounds of San Jose, recorded live on February 7, 1981. This year’s concerts featured works by Bay Area composers as well as the West Coast premiere of the English language version of Hans Werner Henze’s “El Cimarrón” a work inspired by the life of runaway slave, Esteban Montejo. (from KPFA Folio) Part 1 of 4: Musical Selections: The Heaventree, for flute and tape (1976) (6:35) / Robert Stine -- Slant, for two snare drums (1980) (4:55) / Charles Boone -- Three Pieces for Flute, Cello, & Percussion (1981) (16:36) / Higo Harada -- Patterns, for harp (1962) (4:00) / David Sheinfled -- Variations for Cello & Piano (19730 (14:32) / Robert Basart Performers: Michael McKenzie, flute (Heaventree ; 3 Pieces) Galen Lemmon, drum (Slant ; 3 Pieces) Ward Spangler, drum (Slant) Donald Homuth, cello (3 Pieces ; Variations) Marcella DeCray...
6. - The N.P.N.-- P.N.P. Variations by John Payne [2.640% Popularity: 0.00000]
The N.P.N.-- P.N.P. Variations by John Payne Listen Item Type: Sound Recording Duration: 31 min Event Type: Music Program Origin: KPFA “The N.P.N.-- P.N.P. Variations” is a work by electronic composer John Payne, and was composed for a broadcast by KPFA in 1971. The work is for dual pianos and altered pianos. There is an initial statement for two pianos, followed by four variations for dual altered pianos, in which the sound of the pianos is modified by physical and electronic means. The performer on this tape piece is the composer, John Payne. Musical Selections: The N.P.N.-- P.N.P. Variations (1971) (30:06) / John Payne Performers: John Payne, piano Genres: Electro-Acoustic / Electronic ; New Music Subject: Electro-acoustic ; Electronic music ; New music ; Variations (Pianos (2)) with electronics ; Prepared piano music (Prepared pianos (2)) People: Payne, John First Broadcast Date: 2/7/1971 Listen...
7. - A Piano Recital by David Hemmingway (December 1, 1966) [2.479% Popularity: 0.00000]
A Piano Recital by David Hemmingway (December 1, 1966) Listen Item Type: Sound Recording Duration: 28 min Event Type: Music Program Origin: Shere/KPFA Recorded on December 1, 1966 at the San Francisco College for Women (later known as Lone Mountain College), this is a piano recital of contemporary and avant-garde classical music performed by David Hemmingway. Featured works include Anton Webern’s “Variations, Op. 27,” a spirited version of Pierre Boulez’s first “Piano Sonata,” and a more subdued and sublime selection from Claude Debusssy’s ”Préludes, Book II,” entitled “Bruyères.” The concert concludes with the well known “Scherezo in A Flat Major” by Aleksandr Borodin. During the mid-1960s Mr. Hemmingway developed a loyal audience with his masterful performances of contemporary music which combined excellent musicianship with exquisite technique. David Hemmingway graduated from Haverford College in Pennsylvania and did post-graduate work at U. C. Berkeley. He studied with Madame Messina of the Curtis Institu...
8. - New Music for Pianos : Live Recordings by ONCE [2.432% Popularity: 0.00000]
New Music for Pianos : Live Recordings by ONCE Listen Item Type: Sound Recording Duration: 50 min Event Type: Music Program Origin: KPFA Based in Ann Arbor, MI, ONCE was one of the most experimental groups of American composers active in the mid-20th century. Among its members were many that even until this day remain fairly obscure, although others, such as Robert Ashley and Gordon Mumma, have gone on to become well-known throughout North America and the world. In this program you will hear a selection of early, largely aleatoric works that were first presented in a series called New Music for Pianos, and were performed at a variety of Midwestern universities during the 1960s. The program begins with “Cassiopeia” by George Cacioppo, a two minute piece consisting of four structures written on a single page. They can be played in any order and are here performed by Robert Ashley and Gordon Mumma. This is followed by Ashley’s own “Detail 2b” composed in 1962. The one obvious characteristic of the piece is the i...
9. - Other Minds Festival OM 9, Concert 2: 01 “Four Studies of Peking Opera” by Ge Gan-ru [2.249% Popularity: 0.00000]
Other Minds Festival: OM 9, Concert 2: 01 “Four Studies of Peking Opera” by Ge Gan-ru Listen Item Type: Sound Recording Duration: 29 min Event Type: Music Program Origin: Other Minds Each of the four movements (”Stage Music”, “Aria”, “Narrative”, & “Quick Beat”) distills some characteristic elements of Peking Opera. The first movement evokes the unique percussive timbres and rhythms which typically accompany the gestures of Peking Opera performers on stage. A variety of dramatic music accentuates the performers' gestures and underscores their individual roles. The second movement celebrates specific qualities of Peking Opera aria singing. Starting with the cello followed in turn by viola, violins and piano, a single line of music develops and expands through layers of variations into a complex texture. The piano concludes by summarizing the voices of the four strings. In the third movement, the instruments imitate the singers' spoken narratives which are as essential to Peking Opera as arias are to Western op...
10. - John Cage’s “Winter Music” and “Variations I” [2.213% Popularity: 0.00000]
John Cage’s “Winter Music” and “Variations I” Listen Item Type: Sound Recording Duration: 55 min Event Type: Music Program Origin: KPFA From a live broadcast on KPFA, recorded on May 20, 1968, Robert Moran and Howard Hersh perform two works by John Cage, “Winter Music” and “Variations I”. Both are aleatoric works featuring a single stark piano mixed with occasional taped sounds, but mostly filled with long periods of silence. The prerecorded bits seem to include a lot of wind and water sounds and taken together certainly seem to evoke the pristine barrenness of a winter’s day, although there is nothing in Cage’s or the performers comments that would indicate that this was it’s purpose. However, freed from the need for meaning this performance will stand in its own right, as a thing of simply being. Musical Selections: Winter Music (1957) / John Cage -- Variations I (1958) / John Cage Performers: Robert Moran, piano Howard Hersh, tape realizations Genres: 20th Century Classical ; New Music Subject: 20th centur...
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