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July 4, 2012 “American Composers”
This week's edition of CLASSICAL GUITAR ALIVE! is a celebration of music by
American composers, and features an interview with Giovanni De Chiaro, who has
arranged and recorded the complete piano works of Scott Joplin.
The program begins with the Los Angeles Guitar Quartet performing the Black
Horse Troop March by John Phillip Sousa.
Rag-time music is a precursor to jazz, and a singularly American invention
originating in the South by African-American composers. Three piano rags are
performed by the Versailles Quartet (the only non-American performers on this
edition): Scott Joplin's Rag-Time Dance, Zez Confrey's Kitten On The Keys, and
William H. Crell's Mississippi Rag.
In this interview with guitarist Giovanni De Chiaro, he discusses
African-American composer Scott Joplin (1867-1917), his first "hit", "The Maple
Leaf Rag", and a piece titled "the Great Crush Collision March", which was
commissioned by George Crush, to promote his upcoming publicity stunt in which
two trains were to intentionally collide head-on at a combined speed of 120
miles per hour before a picnicking crowd of spectators. The event took place
near Waco, Texas in the late 1800's. However the event turned tragic as the
boiler of one of the trains exploded, killing 2 spectators and injuring dozens.
Christopher Teves performs Howard Vance's solo guitar arrangement of "Old Joe
Yale university guitar professor Benjamin Verdery began composing pieces for
his work titled "Some Towns and Cities" in honor of places in America he had
visited. These pieces are not necessarily musical depictions of these places
as much as they are an expression of the impact they made. "Seattle", "Ellis
Island", and "Miami", feature Verdery performing with his ensemble UFOnia. The
second piece, "Mobile", is a duet with Verdery and steel-string slide guitar
legend Leo Kottke.
The program continues with Robert Honstein’s (b. 1980) Barton’s Blues, which was inspired by Barton
Springs in Austin, TX, performed by Kim Perlak.
Public Radio Satellite System uplink:
Wednesday, July 4, 2012 at 1300 Eastern Time digital stereo channel: A68.1
Program ID# 12-D65-00015
Title: American Composers
In Cue: MUSIC IN “Hello and welcome to..”
Out Cue: MUSIC IN “...another edition of Classical Guitar Alive!”
Program Length: 58:57
Bizet: Carmen Suite: Prelude
Los Romeros (Philips 412-609)
Sousa: Black Horse Troop March
Los Angeles Guitar Quartet
Confrey: Kitten on the Keys
Versailles Guitar Quartet
Crell: Mississippi Rag
Joplin: Rag-time Dance
Interview: Giovanni De Chiaro “In 1990 is when he really made it big... ...he had that reputation until he died.”
Joplin: Maple Leaf Rag
Giovanni De Chiaro, guitar
Interview: Giovanni De Chiaro: “The story about the titles of pieces is interesting... ...he actually wrote the piece, I think, before the event happened, and was used as music for the publicity stunt.”
Joplin: The Great Crush
Giovanni De Chiaro, guitar
Traditional, arr. Vance: "Old Joe Clark"
Christopher Teves, guitar
Verdery: Towns & Cities: Seattle, WA UFOnia (Mushkatweek 1)
Ellis Island UFOnia (Mushkatweek 1)
Mobile, AL Kottke & Verdery, guitars
Miami, FL UFOnia (Mushkatweek 1)
Robert Honstein: "Barton's Blues"
Kim Perlak, guitar
(Kim Perlak 7-50532-04342)
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