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From Mandela hall at the University of Chicago we'll bring you another in a series of concerts by the contemporary Chamber Players rush AP Music Director this ensemble of professional players was established at the University of Chicago in 1964 through the support of the Rockefeller Foundation. It is dedicated to the performance of music of our own time on this program we will hear highlights of two concerts the first half of the program will consist of four works Charles Boone's complete formation you know Pavel's improvisations Donald Martino's Stretta and John three doughs electro Madrigal the Opus 5 and the second half of our program we will hear Anton's Abrams. So I have movements for a string quartet easily Blackwood string quartet number 1 and Isaac number after a string quartet. Charles boon born in 1939 was educated at the University of Southern California San Francisco State College and the Academy of Music in Vienna. He has been chairman of the composer's farm in San Francisco and is presently coordinator of the performing group and take Music Center at Mills College
in Oakland California. Oh please formation for flute and piano was composed in 1065 for the San Francisco flute is Benjamin Bourse and the title comes from the Tin Drum novel by the German author going to regress through a mission of bare lines. This work explores some of the possibilities of free give and take between performers create an improvisational feeling only general indications of phrases like they're given in the two performers must fit in their materials personally in the time allowed some of the sections of this brief work show Mr. Boone's growing interest in blocks of sound texture as compositional resources with very high sections for the two instruments simultaneously in the low section for solo piano illustrate this idea. His most recent works carry this block of sound concept even further somewhat in the manner of interest Lasky. With the conductor graph shaping is just coming on stage you know. The end.
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was a big promotion I told you off show Big Tobacco people. The chamber. Should be taken as a thank you as members of the group standard. Now if you brought. Up the next work on our program we'll be improvisations by Mel Powell born in one thousand twenty three. Well Powell received a Bachelor of Music Degree in 1952 from Yale University where he's currently on the faculty. He has studied piano with Nigel Rajat Nigel Rosenberg in composition with Hindemith at Yale improvisations for clarinet Viola and piano was commissioned by the Yale University
Summer School of Music and art and received its first performance in one hundred sixty two. The piece has six major sections of widely divergent character. They are separated by segments played in the words of the composer individually as quickly as possible. These segments are best described in Mr. Powell's own words quote vertical correlation is to be left to chance except for simultaneous starts in each of the bars involved thus short segments of chance music are used to punctuate the formal outline. The title describes other less radical techniques of achieving. Highly controlled flexibility the temple and rubato of the opening section is only approximately indicated by very fast slowing down slow fast and cetera. A similar technique is employed in the third section with constant returns to the temple through retard and it was an Excel around those rhythmic flexibility and delicacy of sound. Other primary characteristics of the work that was a quotation from the composer Mr. Bartle.
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conducting the contemporary chamber. And if work on our program will be done of Martino's strata featured soloist in this work will be Chester Milosevich a bass clarinet. Donald Martino born in 131 studied composition with bacon Babbitt sessions and Ella Piccolo has just been awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship for 1967 68 strata. According to Mr Martino was quote composed during August of 1066 and commission from the press for its contemporary music series one. The work derives its title from a standard compositional method which considers the various components of sound pitch class register duration it cetera to be dependant layers and which structures each layer in accordance with principles most appropriate to it in the foreground. This one movement structure with postlude has the character of a cadenza upon the
sudden death of a dear friend. The unused materials were cast in the form of a post made in memory. So this is just coming on stage. Mr. Martino goes on the two by three measures of this post that are arranged on the page in the form of a cross. He clicked reels and tremolos attempt to imitate the somber drum rolls of a funeral march in just a moment then will hear dunnit Martino's strata. Yeah.
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A. Record. By Donald Martino. Solos on the bass clarinet was custom alas agree. With me that's a victory cry from the stage. The last work on his first ever concert will be John Fritos Quatro Madrigal the Opus
5 featured baritone will be Charles fantastic Mr. Fritos very musical background includes a degree in piano from the Cleveland Institute experience as a viewer list in the New Haven symphony conductor of the US Seventh Army symphony in Europe and upper coaching in Cleveland. His composition study was with no Pavel and by Celtic in 1065 he received a master music degree in composition from the Yale University School of Music. He's a lecturer in music at the University of Chicago and is on the faculty of the music center of North Shore that wrote metric alley written especially for Charles Van Tassel are featured barracking tonight is a non serial work and bases it sounds harmonic flow and structure solely upon the structure of the poetry. So there was this one stage rush maybe the conductors on stage and in just a moment we'll hear John
Fritos Quatro metrically Opus 5.
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NER concerts
Contemporary Chamber Players play Boone and more, part one
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University of Chicago
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University of Maryland (College Park, Maryland)
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Episode Description
This program, the first of four parts, presents a performance by the Contemporary Chamber Players. It was recorded at the University of Chicago, where the group is based. The group performs works by Charles Boone and others.
Series Description
National Educational Radio presents a series of recorded concerts.
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Performing Group: University of Chicago. Contemporary Chamber Players
Producing Organization: University of Chicago
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University of Maryland
Identifier: 67-43-4 (National Association of Educational Broadcasters)
Format: 1/4 inch audio tape
Duration: 00:28:34
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