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Program 551: Ivan Wyschnegradsky

KALW Broadcast Date: March 15, 2019 | Host: Liam Herb

Ivan Wyschnegradsky led a life characterized by exile and cultural exclusion; but nevertheless, he remained persistent in his idiosyncratic work. Although he was a founding father of microtonal composition and theory, he was at heart an expressionist, and felt a deep connection to the life and work of Scriabin. Throughout his long life he sought audiences for his music but never compromised his artistic principles to gain the public ear.

This program contains performances of his music and a clip of an 1976 interview conducted by Other Minds Executive and Artist Director, Charles Amirkhanian.

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Title: La Journée de l’Existence (the Day of Existence)
Composer: Ivan Wyschnegradsky
Performers: The New Radio Philharmonic of France
Recording Title: Ivan Wyschnegradsky: La Journée de l’Existence
Record Label: shiiin 4
Catalog Number: n/a


Title: Chant Nocturne for violin and two pianos tuned a quarter-tone apart
Composer: Ivan Wyschnegradsky
Performers: Martin Gelland, violin; Klaus-Georg Pohl and Ute Gareis, Piano
Recording Title: Lyrische Aspekte Unseres Jahrhundert
Record Label: Archiv Music
Catalog Number: VMM 2017


Title: String Quartet No. 2
Composer: Ivan Wyschnegradsky
Performers: The Arditti Quartet
Recording Title: Ivan Wyschnegradsky: The Complete String Quartets
Record Label: Block Records
Catalog Number: EB 201


Title: Composition in Quarter Tones
Composer: Ivan Wyschnegradsky
Performers: L’Ensemble d’Ondes Martenot de Montréal
Recording Title: Hommage to: Ivan Wyschnegradsky
Record Label: Société Nouvelle d’Enregistrement
Catalog Number: SNE 589 CD

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