Martha Graham and her Music

November 9, 2018, 7:00 pm

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Martha Graham changed the way we think about dance, as much as Igor Stravinsky did with music, and Pablo Picasso with his paintings and sculpture. Her choreography was born out of a close relationship to fresh-off-the-page music: she commissioned ballets from American composers Samuel Barber, Aaron Copland, and Louis Horst— whose music would be all but forgotten if it were not for archival films of Graham’s early dances like her 1931 Primitive Mysteries. She lived a long, passionate life and her ashes are scattered across the Sangre de Cristo mountain range above Santa Fe, New Mexico. There they mingle with the memories of so many artists from her generation.

Playlist

Episode 1

Robert Schumann: Novelette, Op. 21: No. 1, in F
Arthur Rubinstein & Harold Hagopian
Carnaval, Fantasiestücke, Romance Op. 28 No. 2, Novelette No. 1, Nachtstück No. 4
RCA Red Seal 09026 63020; 5:36

Louis Horst: Primitive Mysteries
Yuriko and the Martha Graham Dance Company
Youtube; 2:57

Alexander Scriabin: Lugubre Op. 51 Nr. 2
Davor Kajfes
Dialogues with Scriabin
Headspin Recordings – HEAD 019; 3:35

Wallingford Riegger: New Dance, Op. 18b
Leopold Stokowski & Leopold Stokowski Symphony Orchestra
Symphony No. 9 in E Minor / Mysterious Mountain / New Dance / Toccata
Cala CACD0539; 5:55

Paul Hindemith: Hérodiade
Andrew Schenck: Atlantic Sinfonietta
More Music for Martha Graham
Koch 7051; 19:19

Norman Dello Joio: Diversion of Angels, Con Anima Ma Serioso
The Atlantic Sinfonietta – Edvard Tchivzhel
Music of Martha Graham 3
Koch 3-7167-2; 5:48

Norman Dello Joio: Diversion of Angels, Con Brio
The Atlantic Sinfonietta – Edvard Tchivzhel
Music of Martha Graham 3
Koch 3-7167-2; 4:27

Episode 2

Henry Cowell: Set of Five: III. Andante; IV. Presto leggiero
Continuum Ensemble
Henry Cowell: Continuum Portrait 2
Naxos 8.559193; 4:09, 2:22

Giancarlo Menotti: Errand Into the Maze
Andrew Schenck: Atlantic Sinfonietta
More Music for Martha Graham
Koch 7051; 14:35

Norman Dello Joio: The Triumph of St. Joan,
I. The Maid: Adagio, Molto Espressivo
II. The Warrior: Molto Appassionata
III. The Saint: Andante

The Atlantic Sinfonietta – Edvard Tchivzhel
Music of Martha Graham 3
Koch 3-7167-2; 9:19, 7:08, 9:53

Episode 3

William Schuman: Night Journey
Andrew Schenck: Atlantic Sinfonietta
More Music for Martha Graham
Koch 7051; 28:53

Samuel Barber: Cave of the Heart (Medea)
– Samuel Barber Medea Solo
– Chorus: Jason And Princess
– Medea’s Dance Of Vengence
– Exodus
Andrew Schenck: Atlantic Sinfonietta
Samuel Barber Cave of the Heart (Medea)
Koch 7019; 2:50, 4:31, 3:13, 6:42, 3:01

Episode 4

Anton Webern: Fuga A 6 Voci from Bach’s Musical Offering, BWV 1079
Seiji Ozawa: Boston Symphony Orchestra
20th Century Bach – Virtuoso Orchestral Transcriptions
Philips 432 092-2; 8:35

Anton Webern: Passacaglia For Orchestra Op. 1
Herbert Von Karajan: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Passacaglia • Variations Op. 31 • 3 Pieces From The “Lyric Suite”
• 3 Pieces For Orchestra Op. 6
DG 457 760-2; 12:17

Carlos Chávez: Suite De Caballos De Vapor, Horse Power Suite
III. El Trópico, The Tropics
Eduardo Mata: Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra Of Venezuela
Latin American Ballets
Dorian Recordings DOR 90211; 8:03

Alan Hovhaness: The Flute Player of the Armenian Mountains:
I. Kurd Isakin
Alan Hovhaness & Ara Berberian
Songs by Alan Hovhaness, Vol 2
Crystal Records CD 816; 3:16

Alan Hovhaness: Mount Katahdin, Op. 405: III. Jhala of Larch Trees – Allegro
Martin Berkofsky & Alan Hovhaness
Music of Alan Hovhaness
Crystal Records CD 814; 1:27

Alan Hovhaness: The Spirit of Ink: VII. Angelic Salutation
Alan Hovhaness & Samuel Baron
Symphony No. 23 “Ani”; The Spirit of Ink Highline and
Shoreline College Bands & Samuel Baron
Crystal Records 809; 3:48

Robert Starer:
– Sketches in Color: Purple
– Chrome Yellow
– Pepper and Salt
Sahan Arzruni
Childhood Memories: Music for Younger Pianists
New World Records 80590 21:54, 0:56, 1:01, 0:34

Darius Milhaud: La Cheminée du Roi René (The Chimney of King Rene)
a. Madrigal – Nocturne
b. La Maousinglade
c. Chasse à Valabre (Hunting at Valabre)
The New York Woodwind Quintet
Darius Milhaud: La Cheminee Du Roi Rene, Two Sketches.
Jacques Ibert: Trois Pieces Breves. Paul Hindemith: Kleine Kammermusik.
Angel Records 35079; 3:04, 2:19, 1:35

Episode 5

William Schuman: Judith (A Choreographic Poem for Orchestra):
I. Adagio
II. Moderato
III. Tranquillo
The Louisville Orchestra & Robert Whitney
Symphony No. 4/ Prayer in Time of War/ Judith
First Edition Music FECD 0011; 4:40, 3:24, 2:06

Aaron Copland: Appalachian Spring
Leonard Bernstein: Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra
Appalachian Spring
DG 413 324-2; 26:36

William McGlaughlin: Aaron’s Horizons
11:53