Interview with Vincent Persichetti, November 29, 1976
NamesPersichetti, Vincent, 1915-1987 (Interviewee)Matheson, Katy (Interviewer)
Dance Oral History Project
Dates / OriginDate Created: 1978-11-29
Library locationsJerome Robbins Dance DivisionShelf locator: *MGZT 5-436 (former)
TopicsPersichetti, Vincent, 1915-1987. King LearPersichetti, Vincent, 1915-1987 -- InterviewsEye of anguish (Choreographic work : Graham)Music and dance
NotesBibliographic history: Title supplied by cataloger.Source characteristics: Sound quality is good. There is extraneous noise including "tape hiss" as well as occasional short gaps. However, the speakers' voices are easily intelligible.Venue: Recorded for The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts 1978, November 29 New York (N.Y.)Funding: The conservation and cataloging of this recording was made possible in part by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature. The support of the National Endowment for the Arts is also gratefully acknowledged.
Physical DescriptionAudiotape reelExtent: 1 audiotape reel (approximately 1 hr., 6 min.) : analog, 1.875 ips, half-track, polyester; 5 in.
DescriptionStreaming file (approximately one hour and six minutes). Vincent Persichetti speaks with Katy Matheson about composing music for dance including his early experiences; Martha Graham including his first attempts to compose for her; his collaboration with Graham on her work Eye of anguish, for which he composed the score King Lear; Erick Hawkins as Lear; Graham's working methods; Persichetti's working methods; various aspects of the score's relationship with the choreography; the two premieres and rehearsals, including an anecdote about Hershy Kay; the dancers in the original production; Graham in her solo work Judith; his thoughts on improvisation; some of his favorite Graham dances; some of his works other choreographers have used; more on Eye of anguish including the critical reception of the work and Hawkins' role as Lear.
Type of ResourceSound recording
IdentifiersRLIN/OCLC: 83092646 NYPL catalog ID (B-number): b12118270Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): 70940970-b2a6-0133-cfb0-60f81dd2b63c
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