Options A440 / Stochastic Hit Parade with Bethany Ryker: Playlist from December 12, 2011 Options

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Options December 12, 2011: A440, Op. 1 - Webern, Rochberg, Dallapiccola, Ligeti, Bartok, Beethoven, Stravinsky

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Artist Track Album Label Comments Approx. start time
Anita O'Day  Opus One (Tommy Dorsey)   Options Anita O'Day with Gene Krupa      0:00:00 (Pop‑up)
Anton Webern  Passacaglia, Op. 1 (1908)   Options Complete Works Opp. 1-31, Pierre Boulez conducting  Sony  London Symphony Orchestra. Recorded 1969  0:06:27 (Pop‑up)
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Anton Webern  Streichquartett Op. 28, I. Massig; II. Gemaechlich (1938)   Options Complete Works Opp. 1-31, Pierre Boulez conducting  Sony  Juilliard String Quartet, Recorded 1970  0:22:07 (Pop‑up)
George Rochberg  Caprice Variations: 14 - alla guitarra   Options Caprice Variations (1970)  Metier Sound & Vision  Performed by Peter Sheppard Skaerved  0:25:16 (Pop‑up)
George Rochberg  Caprice Variations: 41 - after Webern's Passacaglia Op. 1   Options       0:27:38 (Pop‑up)
George Rochberg  Caprice Variations: 44 Scherzo, after Mahler Symphony No. 5   Options       0:28:23 (Pop‑up)
George Rochberg  Caprice Variations: 7 - presto, after Beethoven's Op. 74   Options       0:29:29 (Pop‑up)
George Rochberg  Caprice Variations: 12, after Brahms Op. 35   Options       0:30:26 (Pop‑up)
Luigi Dallapiccola  Sonata Canonica on Paganini Caprices (1942)   Options Wanda Maximillian plays Moeves and Dallapiccola  CRI  Wanda Maximillian, piano  0:32:35 (Pop‑up)
Gyorgi Ligeti  Etudes for piano Book One: desordre (1985)   Options Ligeti Works for Piano and Cembalon  Essential Media Group  Erika Haase, piano  0:41:08 (Pop‑up)
Bela Bartok  Rhapsody No. 1: Lassu (cello transc. 1929)   Options Hands on Heart  Naim Audio Ltd.   Tim Hugh, cello. Olga Sitkovetsky, piano.  0:43:20 (Pop‑up)
Ludwig van Beethoven  Piano Trio in C minor, Op. 1 No. 3. I: Allegro con brio (1793)   Options Piano Trios Volume I  EMI  performed by Itzhak Perelman - violin, Lynn Harrell - cello, and Vladimir Ashkenazy - piano.  0:47:11 (Pop‑up)
Igor Stravinsky  Symphony No. 1 in E-flat Major, Op. 1; II. Scherzo - Allegretto (1905)   Options Stravisnky: Complete Symphonies and Ballets  Decca  St. Petersburg Philharmonic, dir. Vladimir Ashkenazy  0:58:42 (Pop‑up)

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Listener comments!

  8:06pm 12539:

Glad to have you back.
  8:06pm Felipe:

sounds like a nice show is on the making.....
  8:08pm bruceleh:

Bethany, great to have you back on your own show!
Very much looking forward to hearing (mixed metaphor) what you've got queued up for this show.
  8:13pm zach in philly:

ooo very nice
  8:15pm Richard from Venezuela:

Good evening Bethany and all the listeners.
  8:16pm WQXR:

Bethany rulez, we drule.
  8:25pm T-Zero:

Evening Bethany. You're program is a welcome addition to the lineup. Very nice!
  8:26pm T-Zero:

That would, of course, be Your not you're
  8:30pm G:

I took physics of music as an undergrad at U Michigan, to "get out of" taking a real science course (a general-ed requirement). Man, what a buttload of math. Lengths of vibrating tube calcuations, how speakers work, sheesh.

Anyway, 440 hertz means the waves propagating through the air have 440 peaks and troughs per second going past your eardrum.

Hundreds of years ago, "A" was tuned considerably lower than 440. Orchestras very gradually (accidentally?) uptuned to sound brighter. In the 19th century things stabilized around 440 for that "A" they all tune to before playing a piece...

Hey, I don't get to use that physics of music info very often...
  8:37pm maestroso:

Good evening Bethany,
Great to be able to hear your show in real time. This Dalapiccola piece is awesome.
  8:38pm bobInWillits:

So nice to have you back. To survive during your absence, I have listened to your archives all the way through over and over. Then recently I saw that you had a show again! Hooray! Wish it could be longer than an hour.
  8:38pm listener gary:

welcome back. Too bad this program is only an hour. sounds really great.
  8:39pm maestroso:

@G: Yes, and choral pieces presumably were somewhat easier to sing then, at least for this marginal tenor.
  8:43pm Richard from Venezuela:

Agreed with listener gary.
  8:45pm bruceleh:

When I first saw the program, I too, was disappointed in the show only being one hour.
But this is very much music that will bear, and require, repeated listening.
Great show, Bethany!
  8:49pm ADM:

I was tired of Q2 and switched over to WFMU.
Cue double-take.
  8:51pm bethany:

I'm so happy to be here and glad that you are all listening along!
@G: thanks for the notes on the physics of A440!
  8:52pm Richard from Venezuela:

for scrobbling this set http://universalscrobbler.invitationstation.org/
  8:57pm Texas Ty:

Love your show. Glad to have tuned in. Will tune in next time for sure!
  8:59pm 12539:

Sad to see you go so soon.
  11:46pm Steve:

Thanks for coming back!
  8:11pm ndbob:

Excellent show - looking forward to hearing - and learning - a lot more.
  7:32pm Mitten John:

You are a sight for sore ears, Bethany!
  7:00am Jon:

Glad to see you are back!
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