Episode #3380

Music for Alternative Tunings

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Thursday, September 20, 2012

Hear works by American composer Mathew Rosenblum influenced in part by a love of Javanese music, the music produced by Sonic Youth, and by the music of LaMonte Young on this New Sounds program.  Listen to Rosenblum's set of two works; Fantasy for Roberta Liss, and Gymnopedie for Art Jarvinen, both of which use a 21-note to the octave scale along with the 12-note equal tempered scale to which Western ears might be more attuned. 

Also, hear microtonal music by the early pioneer Easley Blackwood Jr. for retuned electronic keyboards. Then there’s music by the late Tui St George Tucker, a recorder player and composer, who made use of extended ranges, quarter-tones, unusual trills, nature sounds and multiphonics in her work.  Plus, music from Elodie Lauten, and LaMonte Young as well.

PROGRAM #        3380, Alternate tunings   (First aired on 9/20/2012)                                                       





Aldo Ciccolini, piano

Satie: L'Oeuvre Pour Piano

Eric Satie: Gymnopedie No. 1, excerpt [1:00]

Angel/EMI 49702

Mathew Rosenblum | Wendy Richman, viola; Timothy Feeney, percussion Shirley Yoo, piano

Circadian Rhythms

Rosenblum: Two Harmonies Fantasy for Roberta Liss [3:06]

New World 80736

Easley Blackwood

12 Microtonal Etudes for Electronic Music Media

15-note etude; 17-note etude [6:27]

Cedille Records 90000 018
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Toby Twining


Richi Richi Rubel [5:45]

Catalyst 61981

Tui St. George Tucker

Indian Summer

Venite Exultemus Domino [9:59]

Opus One #107
Out of print.  Try auction sites. Read more about her:

Elodie Lauten

The Deux Ex Machina Cycle: New Music for Voices and Baroque Ensemble

Answer [5:21]

4Tay  4013
Out of print.  Try auction sites or

Mathew Rosenblum | Wendy Richman, viola; Timothy Feeney, percussion Shirley Yoo, piano

Circadian Rhythms

Rosenblum: Gymnopedie for Art Jarvinen [3:51]

See above.

LaMonte Young

The Well-Tuned Piano

The Magic Harmonic Rainforest Chord, excerpt [9:36]

Gramavision 5 CD-set, #18-8701.

Out of print. 

Comments [3]

Kenneth Noelsch

Where is the playlist for this show?
It should be displayed or a link to it should be showen.

Sep. 21 2012 04:08 PM
Tim W

Erik Satie - one of the "Gymnopedies" of which he wrote 3? if I remember correctly.

Sep. 20 2012 11:19 PM
Keith from New York, NY

I like the opening piano piece. What was the name? How do you spell Je-na pai de?

Sep. 20 2012 11:11 PM

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