06 January 2011

Music for the Radio...

January 7, 2011  “Wondrous World of Music” sitting in for Gordon Black on KZYX -FM, Philo CA

10 am station ID, underwriting. Music of Albeniz, Kodaly, Jean Francaix, Chausson and  Tchaikovsky

10:04 Isaac Albeniz (1860-1909) “Asturias” + “Tango” 9:02
Performed by John Williams, guitar

Albeniz loved the music of Andalusia. Was a child prodigy on piano; first appeared at the age of four. These pieces are arranged for guitar from various virtuoso piano pieces. Note that the Tango here was writen before it became the dance we know from South America. When Albeniz wrote this Tango it was a form of Spanish Flamenco, quite different from the later Brazilian Tango dance.

10:13 Zoltan Kodaly (1882-1967) “Dances of Galanta” 15:09
Performed by the Philharmonia Hungarica, Antal Dorati, conductor

When Kodaly lived in the village of Galanta (part of Hungary then, now the Czech Republic) there was a long-established gypsy band in the village, so well known years earlier a book of their dances had been published in Vienna. Kodaly used the Gypsy songs as his starting point, and also made use of their typical rhythms called in Hungarian “verbunkos” ("ver-bun'-kosh"), a military style tune played in march tempo.

10:30 Jean Francais (1912-1997) “Quintet for Clarinet + S Quartet” 24:31
Performed by The Serenade String Trio & Friends, with Bernhard Rothlisberger, clarinet

Written in 1977. Francais used winds many times in his compositions.

10:54 Lute Music by Silvius Leopold Weiss (1686-1750) to top of hour
Prelude in D Major 1:47
Capriccio in D Major 2:38
Fantasia in C Major 3:50
Performed by Lutz Kirchhof, lute

Silvius Weiss died in the same year as JS Bach. Born and raised in Germany, he spent six years in Rome where he heard the music of Corelli, Alessandro and Dominico Scarlatti, and in general absorbed the Italian musical esthetic. He began performing and composing at age 20 and soon became known as the greatest lutenist of his day. He was the most prolific composer for that instrument who ever lived. He wrote more than 600 suites, sonatas, concerti and other pieces in the late baroque style.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        

11:00 station ID, underwriting

11:04 Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky (1840-1893) 49:41
Symphony #5 in E minor, opus 64 NOTE CHANGE CD for Movts 3/4
Performed by the Berlin Philharmonic under Herbert von Karajan

Tchaikovsky wrote his Fifth Symphony in the summer of 1888. Dramatic, many changes of tempo.

11:54 Isaac Albeniz “Cordoba” 6:00
Performed by John Williams, guitar

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