Charles Amirkhanian Collection ➔ Composer-to-Composer Festival: Day 2 Discussions, Conlon Nancarrow and Joan La Barbara (August 16, 1989), 1 of 4

Digital Audio

Event Type
Lectures and Panel Discussions
C Amirkhanian
Program Series
Composer-to-Composer Festival
Program Length
116 min
1 of 4
| broadcast
| 1989-08-16 | created
A recording of the morning composer presentations at 9:00am with Conlon Nanacarrow and Joan La Barbara on August 16, 1989 in Telluride, Colorado during the 1989 Composer to Composer Festival.

The first 30 minutes of the recording consists Charles Amirkhanian discussing the subjects of the upcoming panels and the plans for the upcoming weekend.

Amirkhanian then introduces Conlon Nancarrow. Nancarrow then plays a recording of the Arditti Quartet performing his third string quartet. After the recording he praises the technical ability of the Arditti Quartet and moves on to talk about the process of the work’s composition. John Cage and Nancarrow then discuss their influences, namely Henry Cowell and Carlos Chavez, and talk about the importance of the publications of their books on 20th century music. Nancarrow moves on to discuss a proposed Pianola Concerto for Rex Lawson (which was never completed). He then plays Study No. 49c and takes questions.

After a short break Charles Amirkhanian introduces Joan La Barbara. La Barbara goes on to talk about the challenges of notating her work. She offers some solutions and remarks on which she found successful and less successful. She then plays a work of radio art she composed for the 1984 Olympic Arts festival called “Time Trials and Unscheduled Events”. She discusses the work with the composers and then discusses a new work for oboe. The recording cuts out but is continued on the next tape (part 2).
New music
Musical Selections
String Quartet No. 3 (1987) (13:30) -- Study No. 49c (1987) (3:30) / Conlon Nancarrow -- Time(d) Trials and Unscheduled Events (1984) (3:38) / Joan La Barbara
Arditti Quartet (String Quartet) (Quartet No. 3)
Joan La Barbara, voice (Time(d) Trials...)
String quartets
Player piano music
Digitized with support from the National Recording Preservation Foundation, The Copland Fund, and the Association for Recorded Sound Collections.