Tuesday, February 27, 2007

Continuing Its Boycott Of American Classical Music, WETA-FM Programs Vasily Sergeyevich Kalinnikov's First Symphony, But No Ives, Griffes or Sessions

Again today, the new Classical WETA-FM, in the nation's capital, continues its boycott of American classical music by programming 0 minutes of music by American classical composers.

Tuesday, February 27, 2007

The station has announced that it will begin refunding recent contributions -- large and small -- of those offended by WETA's anti-American classical music programming, as it seeks to replicate the reactionary, commercial-driven classical programming of the former WGMS.

For refunds or to register a programming complaint, write or call:

2775 South Quincy St.
Arlington, VA 22206
tel 703.998.2600


Among today's beneficiaries of WETA-FM anti-Americanism are Vasily Sergeyevich Kalinnikov and Richard Addinsell.

"The Warsaw Concerto was written for the 1941 film, Dangerous Moonlight, and continues to be a popular piano piece. The film-makers wanted something in the style of Sergei Rachmaninoff, but were unable to persuade Rachmaninoff himself to write a piece. Although Addinsell created the melodic material, the job of producing a concerto in the style of Rachmaninoff fell to Roy Douglas.

Addinsell also wrote the short orchestral piece "Southern Rhapsody", which was played every morning at the start of black-and-white TV broadcasts by the former Southern Television company in southeastern England from 1958 to 1969. Like much of his film music, it has been heard by millions of people who do not know either its title or the composer's name, and is still fondly remembered even today.

Addinsell also collaborated from 1942 with Joyce Grenfell, for both West End revues (including Tuppence Colored and Penny Plain) and Grenfell's one-woman shows.

For many years he lived at Chichester Terrace in Brighton with his close friend, the fashion designer Victor Stiebel." (Wikipedia)

Boycotted American composer Charles Tomlinson Griffes, composer of the American impressionist orchestral masterpieces The White Peacock and The Pleasure-Dome of Kubla Khan.

"Charles Tomlinson Griffes played an important role in the development of the American art song. Griffes possessed one of the most distinctive voices in American music" (United States Library of Congress)


"After early studies on piano and organ in his home town, Griffes went to Berlin for four years to study composition with Engelbert Humperdinck. On returning to the U.S. in 1907 he began teaching at the Hackley School for boys in Tarrytown, New York, a post which he held until his early death 13 years later.

Charles Griffes Griffes is the most famous American representative of musical Impressionism. He was fascinated by the exotic, mysterious sound of the French Impressionists, and was compositionally much influenced by them while he was in Europe. He also studied the work of contemporary Russian composers (for example Scriabin), whose influence is also apparent in his work, for example in his use of synthetic scales.

His most famous works are the White Peacock, for piano (1915, orchestrated in 1919); his Piano Sonata (1917-18, revised 1919); a tone poem, The Pleasure Dome of Kubla Khan, after the fragment by Coleridge (1912, revised in 1916), and the Poem for Flute and Orchestra (1918). He also wrote numerous programmatic pieces for piano, chamber ensembles, and for voice. The amount and quality of his music is impressive considering his short life and his full-time teaching job, and much of his music is still performed. His unpublished Sho-jo (1917), a one-act pantomimic drama based on Japanese themes, is one of the earliest works by an American composer to show direct inspiration from the music of Japan.

He died of influenza — possibly the infamous Spanish flu — at the age of 35, and is buried in Bloomfield Cemetery in Bloomfield, Essex County, New Jersey. His papers passed to his younger sister Marguerite who chose to destroy many that explicitly related to his gay life. ...

Griffes kept meticulous diaries, some in German, which chronicled his musical accomplishments from 1907 to 1919, and also dealt honestly with his homosexual lifestyle" ... (Wikipedia)

Photo credit: Music Division, Library of Congress.


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