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Henry Purcell Antiphonal Voluntary
Henryk Gorecki Already It Is Dusk – Kronos Quartet
Goro Yamaguchi, A Bell Ringing In the Empty Sky
Ned McGowen, contrabass flute
2 Step on it step by step
Steve Reich 6 Marimbas
This week we featured music from the twelfth century at Notre Dame de Paris. The Orlando Consort: Mystery of Notre Dame, Chant and Polyphony, the music of Leonin and Perotin.
Followed by excerpts from Leonard Bernstein’s Mass, commissioned by Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis for the 1971 opening of the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. I read that at the premier, Mass was followed by 3 minutes of silence, and then a 30 minute standing ovation.
Composer, Pianist and Conductor Roger Boutry, Capriccio (1957). Ronald Barron, Trombone, and Frederick Wagner, Piano, a recording made at the Boston Conservatory of Music in 1975 and released by Boston Brass.
Californian Harry Partch, born 1901, a choreographer of sound-magic, created not only the music but the instruments that made the music. Daphne of the Dunes was conceived in the 1950’s, originally as the soundtrack of Madeline Tourtelot’s film WINDSONG. It’s played here by Harry Partch and others on a 1972 recording. Partch’s instruments include the
adapted viola, played by Harry Partch.
harmonic canons II and III
spoils of war
bamboo marimba bass marimaba
Hungarian Ethnomusicologist and composer Bela Bartok wrote his 5th String Quartet in 1934. It was played for the first time in 1935 in Washington DC. It’s played here by the Novak-Quartet.
“Lourdault, Lourdault, garde que tu feras”, clumsy oaf, watch what you do …
songs and tunes from the 15th and 16th centuries, from an album of music published by Ottaviano dei Petrucci, holder of the first patent, 1488, for printing of polyphonic music on the new letterpress printing press. Members of New York Pro Musica led by John Reeves White.
Francesco Filidei, composer of modern opera among other things , born in Pisa in 1973. In 2016 he was appointed Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres by the French Minister
of Culture. Corde Vuote for violin, cello, and piano. played by the group Longleash,
Longleash is Pala Garcia, violin; John Popham, cello; Renate Rohlfing, piano
Alban Berg’s Chamber Concerto, composed in 1925 and dedicated to composer Arnold Schoenberg, for piano, violin, and 13 wind instruments; Eastman Musica Nova conducted by Sydney Hodkinson.
JS Bach, the last 3 of his 3 part inventions, Martin Galling, harpsichord.
Nick Nolton’s Elegy II played by Nick Nolton and Jonathan Morgan.
Irving Fine, Partita for Wind Quintet, The New York Woodwind Quintet.
In August of 1992 The Kronos Quartet was at Skywalker Sound in California to record Polish Composer Henryk Gorecki‘s Quasi una Fantasia, or String Quartet #2, which was composed a year and a half earlier, and dedicated to the Kronos Quartet.
Eigenvectors by Robert Atwell
Traditional Swedish bridal march Brudmarsch fra Osta – Kronos Quartet
Selections from the Song of Songs by Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina, These motets were dedicated to Pope Gregory. The Slovack Philharmonic Chorus, directed by Jan Maria Dobrodinsky.
Igor Stravinsky‘s ballet Petrouchka, composed in 1911, revised in 1946, played here by Charles Dutoit and the Montreal Symphony.
The Kronos Quartet’s album of music combined with spoken spoken word recordings, besides the title track Howl with Allen Ginsburg, contains this piece by Scott Johnson, The Cold War Suite, taken from “How It Happens”, including the voice of IF Stone.
“Nymphs of the Wood” after a poem by Johannes Molinet. La Deploration de Jehan Ockegham Lament for Johannes Ockeghem The Hilliard Ensemble Josquin Deprez 15th century composer of madrigals and chansons
In 1978 commercial digital recording was only a couple of years old and was a very big deal in audio circles. I was working in a recording studio at the time and remember visiting the Audio Engineering Society Convention in New York and lusting after digital recording equipment I knew I would never be able to afford to buy. In 1978, Frederick Fennell and the Cleveland Symphonic Winds gathered in Severence Hall in Cleveland along with the gurus of the SoundStream Digital recording system, to record some compositions written or arranged for concert band. Early 20th century British Composer Gustave Holst had been an experienced trombone player, and so when he came to write his First Suite for Military Band in 1909, I guess he had an idea what it was he was up to. Here is Holst’s First Suite for Military Band, with Frederick Fennell and the Cleveland Symphonic Winds.
Bela Bartok‘s 1943 Concerto for Orchestra was first performed by Serge Koussevitsky in Boston. In 1972, Pierre Boulez and the New York Philharmonic recorded a quadraphonic LP of the concerto in the Grand Ballroom of the Manhatten Center in New York.
another song sung by the Hilliard Ensemble
re:Write by Andrew Rodriguez, played by A/BDuo. Rodriguez spent 3 years as a punk/hardcore/metal guitarist and songwriter with the band Close Your Eyes, his projects now range from acoustic contemporary classical to electronic music, and producing full legnth collaborations. The performers, A/BDuo, I heard when they performed in the area during their residency at Boscawen’s Avaloch Music Center.
Selections from the Missa Super “Maria Zart”, a 15th century mass, by Jacob Obrecht. The Prague Madrigal Singers conducted by Miroslav Venhoda.
West Virginia native and venerable master of 20th and now 21st century avant garde piano composition, George Crumb composed his MackroKosmos, Volume I, twelve fantasy pieces after the zodiac, for amplified piano, in 1972 for pianist David Burge. Later, he composed Volume II, making it a 24 fantasy pieces, like other groups of 24 piano pieces. Interestingly, I noticed an annoucement of a New York concert performance of this piece last year in which it is listed as a piano-four-hands piece, played by two pianists. David Burge plays on this 1974 Nonesuch recording.