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Monday, December 9
Lou Harrison takes "Old Granddad" out for a ride ...
MUSIC PLAYED ON TODAY'S PROGRAM:
Lou Harrison (1917-2003):
Suite for Violin and American Gamelan
David Abel, violin;
John Bergamo, cond.
New Albion 15
On Lou Harrison
2002 interview with Harrison (audio available)
ALSO ON THIS DATE:
1837French composer Emil Waldteufel, in Strasbourg;
1882Spanish composer and pianist Joaquín Turina, in Seville;
1721 Handel: opera "Floridante" in London at the King's Theater in the Haymarket (Gregorian date: Dec. 20);
1832 Berlioz: the lyric monodrama "Lélio, ou Le Retour à la vie" (Lelio, or The Return to Life" - performed with "Symphonie fantastique" as its sequel - in Paris, with François-Antoine Habaneck conducting and the composer performing as an extra timpanist;
1836 Glinka: opera “A Life for the Tsar,” at the Main Theater in St. Petersburg (Julian date: Nov. 27); This work was originally to be titled “Ivan Susanin” after its lead character, but as a tribute to the Tsar was retitled (After the Russian Revolution, it was staged under its original title);
1842 Glinka: opera “Russlan and Ludmilla,” at the Main Theater in St. Petesrburg (Julian date: Nov. 27);
1900 Debussy: "Nuages" and "Fêtes" (two of the three "Nocturnes" for orchestra), in Paris at a Lamoureux concert conducted by Camille Chevillard;
1905 R. Strauss: opera "Salome," in Dresden at the Hofoper, conducted by Ernst von Schuch;
1906 Glazunov: Symphony No. 8, in St. Petersburg (Gregorian date: Dec. 22);
1926 Milhaud: "Carnival d'Aix" for piano and orchestra, in New York, with the composer as the piano soloist;
1928 Castelnuovo-Tedesco: Piano Concerto No. 1, in Rome;
1938 Cage: "Trio for Percussion," in Santa Monica, Calif.;
1939 Cage: "First Construction (in Metal)," for six percussionists, in Seattle;
1942 Copland: "Danzón Cubano" for Two Pianos at a League of Composers 20th Anniversary concert at the Town Hall Forum, with the composer and Leonard Bernstein; At this concert, the piece was billed as "Birthday Piece (on Cuban Themes");
1949 Barber: Piano Sonata, by Vladimir Horowitz, in Havana, Cuba;
1950 Miaskovsky: Symphony No. 27, posthumously, in Moscow;
1969 Peter Maxwell Davies: "Vsalii Icones," in London;
1974 Lou Harrison: Suite for Violin with American Gamelan, at Lone Mountain College, San Francisco, with violinist Lauren Jakey;
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