Since January 2005, Music From Other Minds has presented new and unusual music by innovative composers and performers from around the world. Produced weekly for KALW 91.7 FM San Francisco by Charles Amirkhanian and the Other Minds staff, and aired at 8pm every Sunday, Music From Other Minds aims to open up radio listeners to experimental classical work by living and recent composers. We bring you the latest in contemporary music from around the world, and some glimpses into the past, to give a context for today’s music.
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Ernst Krenek (1900-1991), Part 2
KALW Broadcast: March 26, 2023
Host: Richard Friedman
Host: Richard Friedman
Richard Friedman presents a second program with the music of the Austrian/American composer Ernst Krenek (1900-1991). Born in Vienna, by the time he was 28 Krenek was infamous as part of the modernist avant-garde in Weimar Germany. Coming to the US in 1937 and settling in Los Angeles and eventually Palm Springs, Krenek composed over 240 works, including 5 symphonies, 8 string quartets, and 22 operas. In this program we’ll hear one of his most radical yet rarely performed works, Horizon Circled, from 1967, which demonstrates his unique mastery of serialism and complex structures and procedures. The second hour features his nearly hour-long Second Symphony, composed when he was 23 and a masterpiece of exuberance and originality.
Program 733: World Listening
On this Music from Other Minds, field recordings from around the world. Tune in to hear sound documents originally captured for KPFA’s World Ear Project (1970-1987) by Charles Amirkhanian, Pauline Oliveros, Martin Koenig, and Randy Magnus. Also on the program, two recordings by Formant (Henry Birdsey and Austin Larkin) that utilize multiple high powered microphones placed in large PVC tubes pointed at sound sources, leading to abstracted phonographic impressions of the locations in which they were taken.
Program 732: Invented Instruments
This program features music written for non-traditional instruments invented by the composer or performer. These invented instruments range from adaptations of familiar instruments to large contraptions that take up an entire room. The program includes Daphne of the Dunes by Harry Partch written for an array of his invented instruments, 342 by Paul Dresher for Quadrachord, Hurdy Grande, and Marimba Lumina, an interview with sound-sculptor and composer Trimpin, and Elemental View by Ellen Fullman, inventor of the Long String Instrument.
Program 731: Contemporary Music from Ukraine
Alla Zagaykevych is at the forefront of electroacoustic music in Ukraine. She teaches at the National Music Academy in Kyiv. We’ll hear three pieces by Zagaykevych using recorders, cellos, and electronics. Andrey Kiritchenko is the founder of Nexsound Records and director of the Nexsound Festival. The program features several stylistically diverse pieces by Kiritchenko.
Picturing the Invisible: Focus 1 by soprano saxophonist Jane Ira Bloom comprises eight sparse duets with percussionist Allison Miller, bass player Mark Helias, and Miya Masaoka playing koto. Dutch pianist Wolfert Brederode composed Ruins and Remains in 2018 for piano, string quartet, and percussion, to mark the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I.
Program 730: Ernst Krenek (1900-1991)
Born in Vienna in 1900, by the time he was 28 Ernst Krenek was infamous in his native Vienna as part of the modernist avant-garde in Weimar Germany and Austria, along with Kurt Weill, Hans Eisler, and Paul Hindemith, eventually emigrating to the US in 1938. He composed over 240 works including 22 operas, 5 symphonies, and 8 string quartets. With much of his music becoming available on CDs, Richard Friedman presents an introduction to his work.
Program 729: Just (Intonation) Keyboards
On this Music from Other Minds, Liam Herb plays works by Terry Riley, Michael Harrison, C.C. Hennix, Kyle Gann, and La Monte Young for just intonation keyboard instruments.
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Program 728: Music for Microphones
Microphones are often viewed as neutral, passive tools for solely reproducing acoustic sounds rather than as active devices that are instruments in their own right. The expansion of technology into our everyday lives has made microphones ubiquitous and, according to composer and sound artist Cathy van Eck, these devices are designed to be invisible to the listener, “‘inaudible’ in the final sound result.” Despite this hidden nature of the contemporary, omnipresent microphone, composers and singers use microphones in compositional and structural ways that have had a decisive effect on the writing and performance of music. On this program, we’ll listen to music that centers the microphone as an instrument by Steve Reich, Takehisa Kosugi, Pierre Henry, Diamanda Galás, Karlheinz Stockhausen, and Robert Ashley.
Program 727: Music of Henri Dutilleux (1916-2013)
This program presents the music of the late French composer Henri Dutilleux. His music spans the entire post-war period from the 1950s into the first years of the 21st century. Born in 1916, he died in 2013 at the age of 96. As you will hear, his style is unique, especially for the period, rejecting the dogma of the more radical elements in the European avant-garde at that time. His works include two symphonies and other works for orchestra, a violin and a cello concerto, as well as chamber and solo music.
Program 726: European Minimalism
This program features minimalist music from Europe. Minimalist music began as a distinctly American style of composition in the 1960s concentrated in California and downtown New York. As its stature grew, this new style, which Michael Nyman describes as “anti-European,” began to have a profound effect on European composers. European composers who adopted minimalist techniques often did so in ways that supported their preexisting aesthetic or political views, resulting in a variety of interpretations. This program includes English composer Michael Nyman’s String Quartet No. 2, Dutch composer Louis Andriessen’s De Staat, Belgian composer Karel Goeyvaerts’ Litanie V, and Polish composer Hanna Kulenty’s A Fourth Circle.
Program 725: Hamelin Plays Ives, Ornstein, Oswald, and More
On this Music from Other Minds, Liam Herb plays recordings of virtuoso pianist Marc-André Hamelin ahead of Other Minds’s 30th Anniversary Concert at Littlefield Concert Hall (Mills College at Northeastern University).
Program 724: Music from California’s Central Valley
Although it is often overshadowed by Los Angeles and San Francisco, California’s Central Valley has a long history of contemporary music. New music in the Valley has mostly been centered around Fresno, the region’s largest city. The program starts with music by Valley natives Charles Amirkhanian and Leslie Bassett, followed by former Fresno State professors David Bates and Arthur C. Berdahl. Also featured are music by composers Jordan De La Sierra, Deborah Kavasch, and Terry Allen, and singers Dorothy Renzi and Helene Joseph-Weil.