Series
Firing Line with William F. Buckley Jr.
Episode Number
S0054
Episode
Music and Modernism
Producing Organization
Southern Educational Communications Association
South Carolina Educational Television Network
Contributing Organization
Hoover Institution Library & Archives, Stanford University (Stanford, California)
The Walter J. Brown Media Archives & Peabody Awards Collection at the University of Georgia (Athens, Georgia)
AAPB ID
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Description
Episode Description
Mr. Valenti, a Yale classmate of Mr. Buckley's, was regarded as one of the premier keyboard artists in the world; he proves to be as delightful verbally as in his chosen medium as he and his host explore the Baroque and its relation to the modern. WFB (after Mr. Valenti has played the gigue from Bach's B-flat Partita): "Wow! Was the hand crossing supposed to be in any sense exhibitionistic, or does the music just make it impossible to accomplish in any other way?" FV: "Well, it's a little bit of both. It certainly is supposed to have a visual impact on the audience, and it's sheer ham.... Some pieces can actually be played, some of the most famous hand-crossing incidents in the Baroque era, without crossing your hands." WFB: "You mean by refingering and so on?" FV: "Yes, you can play your notes and be faithful to the score without this pretzel-shaped operation ... However, it doesn't sound the same, which leads one to believe that... the kinesthetic thrill, the danger of missing the note--which one very, very often does--does something to the performer and does something to the piece.... The reason I know is because we have tried this experiment with some hand-crossing pieces on tape, where you can't actually see the performer ... and you can hear the difference." Currently there is only a digitized transcript available for this episode.
Other Description
The television series Firing Line with William F. Buckley Jr. was a venue for debate and discussion on political, social, and philosophical issues with experts of the day. Firing Line broadcasts from 1966 through March 1971 were produced and syndicated by WOR-TV, a commercial station in New York, but some of them were also broadcast on noncommercial television stations. Starting in April 1971, Firing Line broadcasts were produced by the Southern Educational Communications Association, an arm of South Carolina Educational Television. Hoover Institution Library & Archives' Firing Line collection guide can be found at: https://www.hoover.org/library-archives/collections/firing-line.
Date
1972-06-16
Asset type
Episode
Genres
Talk Show
Topics
Public Affairs
Subjects
United States; MUSIC; Valenti, Fernando; Harpsichordists
Rights
Copyright held by Stanford University. This copy is provided for educational and research purposes only. No publication, further reproduction, or reuse of copies, beyond fair use, may be made without the express written permission of the Hoover Institution Library & Archives on behalf of Stanford University.
Media type
Moving Image
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Credits
Guest: Valenti, Fernando
Host: Buckley, William F., Jr.
Producing Organization: Southern Educational Communications Association
Producing Organization: South Carolina Educational Television Network
AAPB Contributor Holdings
Stanford University
Identifier: 80040.296 (Hoover Institution)
Generation: Proxy
Duration: 1:00:00
The Walter J. Brown Media Archives & Peabody Awards Collection at the University of Georgia
Identifier: 72015edt-arch (Peabody Object Identifier)
Format: 2 inch videotape: Quad
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Citations
Chicago: “Firing Line with William F. Buckley Jr.; S0054; Music and Modernism,” 1972-06-16, Hoover Institution Library & Archives, Stanford University, The Walter J. Brown Media Archives & Peabody Awards Collection at the University of Georgia, American Archive of Public Broadcasting (GBH and the Library of Congress), Boston, MA and Washington, DC, accessed June 28, 2022, http://americanarchive.org/catalog/cpb-aacip-514-qz22b8wc0t.
MLA: “Firing Line with William F. Buckley Jr.; S0054; Music and Modernism.” 1972-06-16. Hoover Institution Library & Archives, Stanford University, The Walter J. Brown Media Archives & Peabody Awards Collection at the University of Georgia, American Archive of Public Broadcasting (GBH and the Library of Congress), Boston, MA and Washington, DC. Web. June 28, 2022. <http://americanarchive.org/catalog/cpb-aacip-514-qz22b8wc0t>.
APA: Firing Line with William F. Buckley Jr.; S0054; Music and Modernism. Boston, MA: Hoover Institution Library & Archives, Stanford University, The Walter J. Brown Media Archives & Peabody Awards Collection at the University of Georgia, American Archive of Public Broadcasting (GBH and the Library of Congress), Boston, MA and Washington, DC. Retrieved from http://americanarchive.org/catalog/cpb-aacip-514-qz22b8wc0t