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Michelle
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posted 04 July 2004 08:12 PM      Profile for Michelle   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Was anyone listening to CBC Radio One today when they had a program about American maverick composers? It was a really fantastic program. Figures that the CBC web site is down right now.

Anyhow, they talked a lot about Charles Ives and John Cage among others, and since this was the first installment of the series, the whole show was an introduction to the genre, with lots of clips from symphonies and the like from a broad cross-section of composers.

It was so fantastic. I wonder if the series will continue at the same time every Sunday.

Did anyone else hear it? Anyone else groove on this stuff? I wish I knew more about it, but even this brief introduction today taught me stuff I didn't know. Wish I'd done a lot more music appreciation and history instead of just music theory and practice.

Ah, here we go, the description from the CBC web site of the program. Oh, that was Suzanne Vega hosting the program. Interesting! I didn't realize that.

[ 04 July 2004: Message edited by: Michelle ]


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Agent 204
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posted 04 July 2004 08:17 PM      Profile for Agent 204   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Yeah, I heard the broadcast. Sounds like it will be continued on subsequent Sundays. It was a pretty good broadcast (though it's not music that I tend to listen to normally).

One thing disconcerting was that the show came from NPR. And no, this is not a piece of xenophobic American-bashing, merely a concern that they have so few resources that they couldn't put together a Canadian show for the time slot.


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Michelle
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posted 04 July 2004 10:39 PM      Profile for Michelle   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
I actually thought it was kind of fitting that they would run the first show on American maverick composers on July 4. Especially since the emphasis was on the way they thumbed their nose at the establishment, etc. I forget which composer they were talking about, who was convicted of having been a member of the communist party.

I didn't know it was American-produced, but it was so good that I don't even care that it was. My exposure to some of those composers has been mostly through "List C" pieces in the Royal Conservatory piano grades, so it was nice to learn more about them and really get a feel for the impact of their work.

I loved it that three of the pioneers of contemporary American "maverick" composition all came up with the tone cluster on their own, separately.


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candle
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posted 06 July 2004 02:09 AM      Profile for candle     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
For someone with a Canadian connection check out James Tenney. He is an American but taught for a long time at York.

A good introduction to some of this stuff is the CD "Goodbye Twentieth Century" by avant rockers Sonic Youth. It includes pieces by Cage, Tenney, Pauline Oliveros, Steve Reich, and Christian Wolff.

Another significant modern composer is Glenn Branca who is noted for his guitar symphonies.

John Zorn would probably fit in here although he straddles so many worlds working in free jazz, Yiddish klezmer (Electric Masada), grindcore (Painkiller with Napalm Death's Mick Harris), etc.


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