KPFA-FM Music Dept. ➔ Speaking of Music: Nicolas Slonimsky, March 12, 1987, 1 of 2

Analog Audio

Event Type
Interview and Music
Program Series
Speaking of Music
Program Length
114 min
1 of 2
| broadcast
| 1987-03-12 | created
Tune into an evening of Nicolas Slonimsky's highly comic logorrhea as he is interviewed on March 12, 1987 as part of the San Francisco Exploratorium’s Speaking of Music series. Host Charles Amirkhanian hardly needs to ask a question of his 92-year old Russian-born guest, the father of the "grandmother chord." An erudite musicologist, conductor, composer, pianist, and author of many books including “Music Since 1900”, “Thesaurus of Scales and Melodic Patterns”, and “Lexicon of Musical Invective”, Slonimsky engages in a wide-ranging discussion of 20th century music and musicians, from Scriabin to Zappa.

Musical highlights include Slonimsky playing two of his own compositions written specifically for the evening, "Objets Trouvés in the Dodecaphonic Environment," and the "52nd Minitude." He sings and plays his jingle "Children Cry for Castoria," and charms the audience by playing a Chopin etude with an orange, and the Tannhäuser Overture with a brush.
20th century classical
Musical Selections
Objets Trouvés in the Dodecaphonic Environment (1987) / Nicolas Slonimsky -- 52nd Minitude (1987) / Nicolas Slonimsky -- Children Cry for Castoria (1925) / Nicolas Slonimsky -- [an etude] / Frédéric Chopin -- Tannhäuser: Overture (1845) / Richard Wagner
Nicolas Slonimsky, piano
20th century classical
19th century classical
Music -- History and criticism
Music -- Bio-bibliography
Musical intervals and scales
Conductors (Music)
Piano music