Charles Amirkhanian Collection ➔ Ode To Gravity: Preview to the first Composer to Composer Festival, 1988

Analog Audio

Event Type
Interview and Music
C Amirkhanian
Program Series
Ode To Gravity
Program Length
57 min
1988-05-16 | broadcast
| 1988-05-16 | created
Charles Amirkhanian and John Lifton discuss the upcoming 1988 Composer to Composer Festival.

Amirkhanian begins the program by talking about the upcoming new music festival and the history of festivals in Telluride, Colorado. An overview of the Composer to Composer festival’s mission and the attending composers is also given. “Appalachian Grove” by Laurie Spiegel is then played.

John Lifton joins by telephone to talk about the ideas behind creating a festival that was largely based around composers discussing their music with other composers and the influence of the Ideas Festival, a political conference in Telluride, on the Composer to Composer festival. They move on to discuss Lifton’s background as a composer of computer music, his background as an architect, and the Telluride Institute.

Excerpts of music from the participating composers are played, starting with “Comme un silène entr'ouvert” by Denys Bouliane, “Rainbows part 1” by Stephen Scott, “Tide” by Sarah Hopkins, an untiled work by Joan LaBarbara, “Nixon in China “by John Adams, “Pacifica” by Vincent Plush, untitled works by Morton Subotnick and Terry Riley, and “Chaconne” from Lou Harrison’s Suite for Violin and American Gamelan.
20th century classical
Electro-Acoustic / Electronic
Musical Selections
Appalachian Grove (1974) (4:55) / Laurie Spiegel -- Comme Un Silène Entr'ouvert [excerpt] (1984) (4:00) / Denys Bouliane -- Rainbows Pt. I [excerpt] (1984) (1:55) / Stephen Scott -- Tide (1987) (2:10) / Sarah Hopkins -- (unidentified) (1:40) / Joan LaBarbara -- Nixon In China [excerpt] (1988) (1:30) / John Adams -- Pacifica [excerpt] (1987) (1:15) / Vincent Plush -- (unidentified) (1:10) / Morton Subotnick -- (unidentified) (2:20) / Terry Riley -- Chaconne [from Suite for Violin and American Gamelan] (1974) (5:00) / Lou Harrison and Richard Dee
Laurie Spiegel, computer electronics (unidentified)
Sarah Hopkins, cello (Tide)
Joan La Barbara, voice (unidentified)
David Abel, violin (Chaconne)
John Bergamo, conductor (Chaconne)
Electronic music
Music festivals
Composers -- 20th century
Ambient music
Orchestral music
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