Charles Amirkhanian Collection ➔ Composer-to-Composer Festival: Day 3 Discussions, General and Terry Riley (August 18, 1988), 1 of 3

Digital Audio

Event Type
Lectures and Panel Discussions
C Amirkhanian
Program Series
Composer-to-Composer Festival
Program Length
235 min
1 of 3
| broadcast
| 1988-08-18 | created
A recording of the morning general discussion and first half of Terry Riley’s presentation on August 18, 1988, during the 1988 Composer to Composer festival in Telluride, Colorado.

Charles Amirkhanian and John Lifton go over what they feel might be missing during the private discussions and ask the group what they want or feel should be topics of discussion. Laurie Spiegel, Terry Riley, Virko Baley and Denys Bouliane contribute some thoughts. Amirkhanian shares his impression of these intimate creative gatherings during the festival to what one might have experienced at Black Mountain College in North Carolina during the 1950’s. He asks Lou Harrison about his experience at Black Mountain and what grew out of the time that artists and scholars shared over an extended period of time.

After Harrison’s reflections, Terry Riley begins his presentation by discussing his recent series of string quartets that were performed by the Kronos Quartet. He plays the last section of part one from the first quartet, “Half Wolf Dances Mad in Moonlight”.

Next is “The Crow’s Rosary” also performed by the Kronos Quartet with Riley on synthesizers. The recording ends after three minutes of the musical recording. Riley’s presentation is continued on the next tape, or part 2.
20th century classical
Musical Selections
Half Wolf Dances Mad in Moonlight [excerpts] (1988) (3:02) -- The Crow’s Rosary [excerpt] (1987) (3:20) / Terry Riley
Kronos Quartet (Half Wolf..., Crow’s Rosary)
String orchestra music
String quartets with synthesizer
Digitized with support from the National Recording Preservation Foundation, The Copland Fund, and the Association for Recorded Sound Collections.