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Program 662: Hammers & Mallets

KALW Broadcast Date: August 1, 2021 | Host: Mark Abramson

In this edition of Music From Other Minds, we’re reaching back into our music library to bring you works for percussion by some of the classic composers from the American experimental tradition. And we’ll play some complimentary work from composers from Korea, Japan and France. Compositions by Harry Partch, Lou Harrison, Steve Reich and Henry Cowell will be featured. We’ll also hear some work for piano, and I suppose one could make the case that a piano is a percussion instrument too, as the keys struck by a players fingers activate hammers that hit the strings on the inside of the instrument. We’ll also hear some Balinese Gamelan from Gamelan Semar Pegulingan, and a work composed for Korean instruments by Korean composer Hyo-Shin Na. We’ll play a piece for solo marimba by Japanese composer Toshi Ichiyanagi, and a piece for solo piano by another Japanese composer, Toru Takemitsu. In the second half of the program, there will be a long work that features a piano but defies description by French composer Luc Ferrari. And we’ll end with a couple of movements from the Third Coast Percussion ensemble’s 2017 recording of Philippe Manoury’s Le livre des claviers (1987), The Book of Keyboards in English.

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Title: Pulse (1939)
Composers: Henry Cowell
Performers: The New Music Consort: Joseph Grable, Kory Grossman, Michael Pugliese, Mark Rendon, William Trigg, Terri Weber – percussion; Claire Heldrich, conductor
Recording Title: Pulse (1990)
Record Label: New World Records
Catalog Number: 80405-2


Title: Song of Quetzalcoatl (1941)
Composer: Lou Harrison
Performers: Todd Manley – Cowbell, Brake Drums, Rattle; William Winant – Glasses, Wood Block, Percussion, Shaker; David Rosenthal – Snare, Guiro, Windglass, Triangle, Gong, Tam-tam; Daniel Kennedy – Tom Tom, Bass Drum
Recording Title: The Perilous Chapel (1993)
Record Label: New Albion Records
Catalog Number: NA055CD


Titles: Daphne of the Dunes (1967)
Composers: Harry Partch
Performers: Harry Partch (adapted viola), Frank Berberich, Gary Coleman, Dean Drummond, Richard Lapore, John McAllister, Robert McCormick, Todd Miller, Emil Richards, Michael Ranta, Linda Schell
Recording Title: The World of Harry Partch (1969)
Record Label: Sony Masterworks
Catalog Number: 74929


Title: Tabuh Gari
Composers: Gamelan Semar Pegulingan
Performers: Gamelan Semar Pegulingan
Recording Title: Gamelan of the Love God (1972)
Record Label: Nonesuch Explorer Series
Catalog Number: 79720-2


Title: Music for a Large Ensemble (1978)
Composers: Steve Reich
Performers: Russ Hartenberger, Glen Velez, Gary Schall, Richard Schwarz – marimbas; Bob Becker, David Van Tieghem – xylophones; James Preiss – vibraphone; Nurit Tides, Edmund Niemann, Larry Karush, Steve Reich – pianos; Jay Clayton, Elizabeth Arnold – voices; Shem Guibbory, Robert Chausow – violins; Ruth Siegler, Claire Bergman – violas; Chris Finckel, Michael Finckel – cellos; Lewis Paer, Judith Sugarman – basses; Virgil Blackwell, Richard Cohen – clarinets; Mort Silver – flute; Ed Joffe, Vincent Gnojek – soprano saxophones; Douglas Hedwig, Marshall Farr, James Hamlin, James Dooley – trumpets
Recording Title: Octet/Music For a Large Ensemble/Violin Phase (1980)
Record Label: ECM Records
Catalog Number: 1168

風の軌跡/一柳慧作品集 II

Title: Portrait of Forest (1983)
Composer: Toshi Ichiyanagi
Performers: Atsushi Sugawara, marimba
Recording Title: Works By Toshi Ichiyanagi 2
Record Label: Fontec
Catalog Number: FOCD3138


Title: Rain Tree Sketch (1982)
Composer: Toru Takemitsu
Performer: Roger Woodward, piano
Recording Title: Toru Takemitsu Complete Piano Works (1990)
Record Label: Etcetera
Catalog Number: KTC 1103


Title: Tautologos III (1969)
Composers: Luc Ferrari
Recording Title: Didascalies (2007)
Record Label: Sub Rosa
Catalog Number: SR261


Title: All the Noises in the World (2006)
Composer: Hyo-Shin Na
Performer: Daegeum [Taegeum] – Hong Yoo; Gayageum [Kayageum] – Yoo-Jin Sung; Geomungo [Komungo] – Jae Hyun Chun; Haegum [Haegeum] – Seung-Hee Lee; Changgu – ae-Choon Yang; Piri – Hyang-Hee Lee
Recording Title: All the Noises (2008)
Record Label: New World Records
Catalog Number: 80674-2


Title: The Book of Keyboards-VI (1987)
Composer: Philippe Manoury
Performers: Third Coast Percussion
Recording Title: Philippe Manoury-The Book of Keyboards (2017)
Record Label: fcr187
Catalog Number: SR265

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