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Though Wayne State University improvisation chamber ensemble was organized in 1966 by Dr. Ruth Wylie. The group was originally conceived as a teaching aid but soon it was receiving enthusiastic reactions from concert audiences during the past year Dr. Wiley's Chamber Ensemble has performed in several states and an entirely new idiom of musical performance has been developed by the performances still maintain their experimental character. Now here with tonight's programme of improvisation is Professor Ruth Wylie of Wayne State University. Good evening ladies and gentlemen. We're going to begin our program tonight with a quartet for flute double bass piano and percussion. There isn't anything particularly noteworthy about this piece and in relation to the others that we have done except that it does have a specified theme that we will be working with. This is one of my quartets and I have indicated a theme of about 12 notes long
we'll use this as a starting point and then carry on from it freely. So without any more ado we'll play for you know my quartet number one for flute double bass piano and percussion. Mr. John Ray will be playing the piano in this number. Why.
Were. Why. Performer. We have just finished playing number two for flute clarinet trumpet.
Both of these pieces being rather short. We will have probably several free improvisations to fill out the rest of this program. And we decided first that you might be interested in hearing a piano alone a piece for piano alone. I think in one of our earlier programs we had a short piece for piano alone which was performed by John D. So believing in the principle of equal time we're going to have an unaccompanied not an unaccompanied solo piece for Piano By played by Jim Harkaway and he has decided in this decision that it'll be sort of like character. Both of the first pieces being slow. I think it might be a good idea to have a contrast by a piece in faster motion. So this will be a piano solo by Jim Hart. Why.
You have just heard a free improvisation up performed on the piano
alone by Jim Harkaway. And we're going to do now a duet of free improvisation for clarinet and float up. I will be playing the flute of course on clarinet. Why.
Why. Why. Who. Or where.
Our program tonight we're going to do. They seem to have
turned away. I am.
Going. We have finished our program this evening with a free improvisation involving the all of the instruments but the flute. It'll take too much time to numerate them and I might get mixed up. If you are interested in seeing any of the structural design plans that we work from or if you would
like a sheet containing information about how this group began and what it is that we're trying to do you may have such information by writing to music. W d e t 5 0 3 5 Woodward Avenue Detroit 4 8 2 0 2. That was Professor Ruth Wylie with the Wayne State University improvisation Chamber Ensemble. If you want information on this group and samples of the design plans for several of the improvisations send fifteen cents in stamps to music. W d e t FM 5 0 3 5 Woodward Avenue Detroit 4 rate 2 0 2. This program was produced for national educational radio by w d e t FM Wayne State University Detroit. The engineers Charles Nairn and David Pierce producer Oren hood. This is the national educational radio network.
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Improvisation Chamber Ensemble
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Producing Organization
Wayne State University
WDET (Radio station : Detroit, Mich.)
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University of Maryland (College Park, Maryland)
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Episode Description
This program features live improvisational music, as well as a spoken introduction by Ruth Shaw Wylie.
Series Description
Series of performances by Wayne State U. Improvisation Chamber Ensemble, which was organized in 1966 by Dr. Ruth Shaw Wylie, as an experiment in teaching contemporary techniques to advanced composition students. Refer also to blue spiral book under 67-29.
Media type
Performing Group: Improvisation Chamber Ensemble
Producing Organization: Wayne State University
Producing Organization: WDET (Radio station : Detroit, Mich.)
Speaker: Wylie, Ruth Shaw
AAPB Contributor Holdings
University of Maryland
Identifier: 67-29-10 (National Association of Educational Broadcasters)
Format: 1/4 inch audio tape
Duration: 00:29:04
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