KPFA-FM Music Dept. ➔ Speaking of Music: Libby Larsen, 1 of 2

Analog Audio

Event Type
Interview and Music
Program Series
Speaking of Music
Program Length
115 min
1 of 2
| broadcast
| 1986-11-13 | created
The composer and co-founder of the American Composers Forum is lively and candid in this late-1980s period piece recorded in front of a live audience on November 13, 1986 as part of the San Francisco Exploratorium’s Speaking of Music series . Questioned by Charles Amirkhanian and members of the audience, Larsen talks about many things; including her background (entering music school with a deep background in "stride boogie, Gregorian chant, and the Mickey Mouse Club”); the myth of making a living as a composer; and the story of a commission from the town of Terrace, MN, population 70. Examples of Larson's music are heard, including Black Roller", "The Daytime Moon", and "Up Where the Air Is Thin" as well as excerpts from "Four on the Floor".
20th century classical
Musical Selections
Four on the Floor [excerpts from the video soundtrack] (1983) -- Up Where the Air Is Thin (1985)
Minnesota Artists’ Ensemble (Floor)
Janet Horvath, cello (Air)
Bill Schrickel, bass (Air)
20th century classical
Mixed media (Music)
Motion picture music
Quartets (Piano, violin, cello, double bass)
Cello and double bass music