KPFA-FM Music Dept. ➔ Thin Air: An Interview with Harold Farberman and Corinne Curry (Jan. 16, 1971)

Analog Audio

Event Type
Program Series
Thin Air
Program Length
34 min
1971-01-16 | broadcast
| 1971-01-15 | created
Originally broadcast on January 16, 1971, Charles Amirkhanian talks with the then newly appointed conductor for the Oakland Symphony, Harold Farberman, and his wife, soprano, Corinne Curry. After briefly discussing Curry's recent appearances in Europe, Amirkhanian questions Farberman about his own composing, including his opinions about the use of percussion instruments in contemporary classical music. Farberman declares that he is less interested in using exotic percussion instruments than he is in exploring advanced playing techniques with more traditional orchestral percussion instruments. He is not particularly interested in incorporating elements from African or Asian musical traditions, or avant-garde techniques such as the 12 tone system, but rather focuses on what he considers uniquely American styles and sensibilities. To highlight this point, Farberman states that he intends to program concerts with the Oakland Symphony featuring music by West Coast composer Lou Harrison, as well as more well known American composers such as George Crumb, Elliott Schwartz, and Charles Ives. However one should not assume that Farberman is a stogy traditionalist as he relates his delight at the youthful audience’s reaction to a recent concert featuring a work that incorporated rock and pop themes and even included a multimedia movement, as well as his own work in progress, an opera that takes as it theme a motorcycle gang.
Classical music
20th century classical
Related places
Berkeley (Calif.) (was recorded at)
Berkeley (Calif.) (was broadcast at)
Related Entities
Amirkhanian, Charles
Farberman, Harold, 1929-
Curry, Corinne
Cleve, George