KPFA-FM Music Dept. ➔ Ode To Gravity: Ode to Ben Amirkhanian: In honor of his 74th birthday, July 17, 1989

Analog Audio

Event Type
Other Finds
Program Series
Ode To Gravity
Program Length
58 min
1989-07-17 | broadcast
| 1989-07-17 | created
Charles Amirkhanian with a special surprise program in honor of famous Armenian-American Army Majors born on July 17, 1915, (a.k.a. his father Benjamin). Benjamin Amirkhanian is an Armenian American who served during World War II, although he apparently had just enough time to marry and help conceive a child. Heard on this program are some of Benjamin’s favorite pieces of music, including “At the River” by Aaron Copland with lyrics by Robert Lowry, as well as other gems of American music by Charles Ives, Stephen Foster, and Duke Ellington. Fortunately for us this is the type of birthday celebration that anyone can enjoy.
20th century classical
Popular music
Musical Selections
Sonata No. 4 for Violin and Piano [excerpt] (ca. 1914-16) / Charles Ives -- Washington’s Birthday [excerpt from “The Holiday Symphony”] (1909-1913) / Charles Ives -- At the River [lyrics by Robert Lowry] (1954) / Aaron Copland -- I Got It Bad (and That Ain't Good) [lyrics by Paul F. Webster] (1941) / Duke Ellington -- Roussier (not Rouffier) (1973) / Charles Amirkhanian -- Nothing but a plain old soldier (1863) / Stephen Collins Foster -- Are You Washed in the Blood of the Lamb? -- At the River [lyrics by Robert Lowry] (1954) / Aaron Copland
Rafael Druian, violin (Sonata)
John Simms, piano (Sonata)
Columbia Symphony Orchestra (River)
Aaron Copland, conductor (River)
William Warfield, vocals (River)
Billie Holiday, vocals (Got it Bad)
20th century classical
Sonatas (Violin and piano)
Orchestral music
Armenian American families
City and town life
Hymns, English
Armenian massacres, 1915-1923
World War, 1939-1945
Sound poetry
Text-sound compositions
Songs with instrumental ensemble
Funding for the preservation of this program made possible through a grant by Save America’s Treasures, a program of the National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior.