Charles Amirkhanian Collection ➔ Composer-to-Composer Festival: Day 2 Discussions, Anthony Davis and Walter Zimmermann (August 16, 1989), 4 of 4

Digital Audio

Event Type
Lectures and Panel Discussions
C Amirkhanian
Program Series
Composer-to-Composer Festival
Program Length
117 min
4 of 4
| broadcast
| 1989-08-16 | created
A recording of the late afternoon composer presentations with Anthony Davis and Walter Zimmermann on August 16, 1989 in Telluride, Colorado during the 1989 Composer to Composer Festival.

Charles Amirkhanian first introduces Anthony Davis. Davis begins by announcing that he has composed an opera, and that he never expected himself to do so. He then goes into his background as an improviser and composer. He talks about his desire to include improvisation even within his notated music. He plays an aria from his opera, “X, the Life and Times of Malcom X”. Afterwards he talks about his use of repetition as a symbol of violence, rather than a means to meditation. He then plays an excerpt from his Sci-Fi opera, “Under the Double Moon”. Davis takes questions from the other composers and then plays an excerpt from a piece called “Maps” a violin concerto based off an imaginary world that his son created.

After a short break Charles Amirkhanian introduces Walter Zimmermann. Zimmermann begins by talking about how he is preoccupied in his work with where he is from (Schwabach, Germany) but it only became that way once he moved away. He moves on to talk about the impact of poetry on his music, especially that of William Carlos Williams. He also talks about his use of arithmetic in his music and plays “Wüstenwanderung”, a work for solo piano where the performer must shout and vocalize. The composers remark about the pianist’s ability and then discuss the use of prime numbers in the composition of the work.

After this discussion, Charles Amirkhanian gives some closing statements about the following days’ activities and the composers depart. Zimmermann’s lecture is shorter than some of the others due to the fact that the piano work is played in its entirety.
20th century classical
Musical Selections
Malcolm’s Aria [excerpt from X, the Life and Times of Malcom X] (1989) (6:35) -- Inspector’s Aria [from Under the Double Moon] (1981) (3:40) -- The Ghost Factory [excerpt from Maps] (1988) (8:25) / Anthony Davis -- [excerpt, unidentified song] (1:26) -- Wüstenwanderung (1986) (18:45) / Walter ZImmermann
Eugene Perry, baritone (X)
Thomas Young, tenor (Under the Double Moon)
Hermann Kretzschmar, piano (Wüstenwanderung)
Operas -- Excerpts
Piano solos
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