Program
Fromm Day sampler
Producing Organization
WNYC (Radio station : New York, N.Y.)
Contributing Organization
The Walter J. Brown Media Archives & Peabody Awards Collection at the University of Georgia (Athens, Georgia)
AAPB ID
cpb-aacip-526-599z03056f
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Description
Program Description
"WNYC's FROMM DAY was a unique, in-depth portrait of a vital and important man in 20th-century music. It was not a documentary in the conventional sense, but rather an exploration of the legacy of one man through his own words, the words of the people who knew him, and the concrete example of the art that was created at his behest. On November 6th, 1987, WNYC-FM presented a nine-hour salute to philanthropist and modern music enthusiast Paul Fromm, who died four months earlier. "Fromm was a vital and significant presence in the music world. Though not a musician himself, he came under the spell of avant-garde music in the 20s in his native Germany when he heard the work of Stravinsky, Schoenberg, Bartok and Hindemith. He came to believe in the importance of 20th-century music; and when he made his fortune as a wine importer, he established the Fromm Music Foundation 'to bridge the gap between contemporary composers and society.' In the 35 years of its existence, the Foundation has underwritten recordings, seminars, publications, music festivals at the Berkshire Music Center at Tanglewood and the Aspen Music Festival and, more importantly, commissioned new music from such important American composers as Milton Babbitt, Elliott Carter, George Crumb, David Del Tredici, George Rochberg and Gunther Schuller. "During WNYC's Fromm celebration, an entire broadcast day was devoted to the life and work of Paul Fromm. All music played from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. was either directly commissioned by Paul Fromm, written by a composer he supported or performed at one of the festivals the foundation has underwritten. Composers offering special tributes to Fromm's insight and patronage included Gunther Schuller, Elliott Carter, Joan Tower, Earle, Brown, Barbara Kolb, Steve Reich, John Harbison, George Crumb and Morton Subotnick. Even more compelling than the testament of his beneficiaries was the picture of Fromm that emerged from his own words. WNYC was able to broadcast an interview that Chicago announcer Norman Pellegrini conducted with Fromm in which the philanthropist speaks of his life, his philosophy and his fierce dedication to the cause of modern music."--1987 Peabody Awards entry form.
Broadcast Date
1987-11-06
Asset type
Program
Media type
Sound
Duration
00:25:18.720
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Credits
Producing Organization: WNYC (Radio station : New York, N.Y.)
AAPB Contributor Holdings
The Walter J. Brown Media Archives & Peabody Awards Collection at the University of Georgia
Identifier: cpb-aacip-b8d34f79c16 (Filename)
Format: 1/4 inch audio cassette
Duration: 0:25:00
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Citations
Chicago: “Fromm Day sampler,” 1987-11-06, 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 26, 2022, http://americanarchive.org/catalog/cpb-aacip-526-599z03056f.
MLA: “Fromm Day sampler.” 1987-11-06. 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 26, 2022. <http://americanarchive.org/catalog/cpb-aacip-526-599z03056f>.
APA: Fromm Day sampler. Boston, MA: 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-526-599z03056f