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The 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 in 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. Thank you and good evening. This evening we're doing another program in stereo for you. And as in our last aerial program we have written written some music specially for this kind of recording because on our last program we had some pieces of a rather diversified nature and as I've told you before since we are interested in experimenting and trying out new things and new ideas so that we won't get into a groove. We
thought it might be interesting to try to work out in our improvisational technique a Prelude and Fugue. And consequently John Raya one of our performers and one of our composers has written a prelude in few of four quartet from among our members. The instruments involved are flute trumpet double bass and piano. There will be no percussion instruments in this. The Prelude is rather free begins with a flute solo. And then there are short interpellation by the trumpet and or the double bass a chord or two on the piano and a double bass solo then a trumpet and flute duet. And then a faster passage with sort of little effect between the flute and the trumpet and the double bass patterns with a little pointillism in the piano in the double bass short chordal section
another section and so on it's very difficult for me to describe the entire plain to you. I hope some of you have the structure there before you go the graphic structure that the last section is slow again with the Prince of little interpellation on the solo instruments after which there is a trumpet solo and it ends with a piano solo and a short chord in the trumpet and the flute. So we will now do. This is just the prelude rather strictly measured. It's a fairly typical fugue I don't really feel that there needs to be too much explanation about this the instruments are with the subject in strict imitation. There are certain recurring as it does normally in a few. So we will play for you know. One.
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The piece you have just heard us play and now we're going to do something quite different from anything that we've done before on these programs. Not only is it different from the standpoint of the style that we are endeavoring to do but also it's different to this extent that we have. At
least on the stereo programs. This is by Jim Hart way. Another one of our performers and they like John Raya a composition major at the university. The second interesting thing about this piece is the fact that Mr Hart way attempts to. Join the 16th century or Renaissance style with the more contemporary idiom. It remains to be seen how successful this works out where quite in chanted with the idea and quite pleased with it. It begins with a small group from the standpoint of dynamic level consisting of recorder harpsichord and double bass. The larger group which represents more of the 20th century style although each group will merge the larger group consists of Trumpet piano and percussion with also Celeste in some of the parts the piano player will play the celesta instead of the
piano. It begins with the renaissance with recorder harpsichord and double bass. And then there is the other group. But then once again back to the small group but this time playing this again is contrast and then with the other group now playing we hope the upper group because its the other group the recorder and harpsichord again will play in the 20th century. Finally the other group with a tutti in the 20th century idiom. I did explain it. I hope you have some of you have the plans there but I think it'll be self-evident when we play it so we will now hear the stereo suite.
We have just played. A. Piece by Jim Hart way one of our performers which involved a 16th century Renaissance style with the recorder harpsichord and double bass and a 20th century style a sort of amalgamation between the two the other group consisting of trumpet in piano
and Celeste. Since we have some time left as is usually the case we will do a free and bribe ization now to finish out this program. And just on the spur of the moment here we have decided to to use these two groups. Recorder and harpsichord in the one instance and Celeste and double bass will be the other group. So now we'll see if weekend get something going with this combination. We have
to remember we started was that I don't know whether it was enough to get us going. We would appreciate your comments of our structural design. This will end our program for this evening. We hope you'll be with us again next week when we'll come back with some more free improvisation and some structured improvisation. That was Professor Ruth Wiley with the Wayne State University improvisation Chamber
Ensemble. If you wish information on this group and samples of the design plans for several of the improvisations send 15 cents in stamps to music. W d e t f m 5 0 3 5 Woodward Avenue Detroit 4 8 2 0 2. This program was produced for national educational radio by w d t FM Wayne State University Detroit. The engineers Charles Nairn and David Pierce producer are on hood. This is the national educational radio network.
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Improvisation Chamber Ensemble
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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
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University of Maryland
Identifier: 67-29-8 (National Association of Educational Broadcasters)
Format: 1/4 inch audio tape
Duration: 00:30:10
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