KPFA-FM Music Dept. ➔ Decay: A Work by Douglas Leedy

Analog Audio


Event Type
Music
Origin
KPFA
Identifier
C.196X.XX.XX.01
Program Length
42 min
Dates
1970-02-23 | broadcast
| 402 | created
Description
A rare recording of Douglas Leedy’s “Decay,” a work of musical theater composed in 1965 and recorded at a concert of the San Francisco Conservatory Artist Ensemble in the mid to late 1960s. The musical portion of the piece consists of a tape work assembled from a number of old records of piano music by Leedy and his collaborator, Ian Underwood, which was then played while live musicians accompanied it on piano and other instruments. The exact nature of the dramatic portion of this performance is uncertain but apparently probably involved a number of females actors in bathrobes and curlers walking around the stage. Fortunately the music can easily stand on its own merits.

Note: “Decay” recording begins as piece is in progress.
Genres
Music Theater
Electro-Acoustic / Electronic
Musical Selections
Sonata in B Flat Major, L. 498 [excerpt] (1:22) / Domenico Scarlatti -- Decay, a dramatic work with instrumental and tape accompaniment (1965) (35:31) / Douglas Leedy [in collaboration with Ian Underwood]
Performers
Fernando Valenti, harpsichord (Sonata)
San Francisco Conservatory Artists Ensemble: (Decay)
Robert Moran, piano (Decay)
Jordan Stenberg (Decay)
Subjects
Music theater
Electro-acoustic
Mixed media (Music)
Piano with instrumental ensemble
Piano and electronic music
Acknowledgment
Funding for the preservation of this program made possible through a grant by the GRAMMY Foundation.