A 1969 article telling the story of Wendy Carlos’ “Switched-On Bach” seminal album. A collection of pieces by Johann Sebastian Bach performed on the Moog modular synthesizer, “Switched-On Bach” legitimized the electronic synthesizer as a real musical instrument and changed forever the public perception of electronic music, showing that it could be something very different from ” the academy approved ‘ugly’ music, “as Carlos put it.
Although Czech composer Bohuslav Martinů does not enjoy the same fame as other composers of the same period, he certainly has a prominent place in twentieth-century music. He is also well known by theremin enthusiasts thanks to Fantasia for theremin, oboe, piano, and string quartet, the composition commissioned to him in 1944 by Lucie Bigelow Rosen. Let’s try to understand a little more about him and follow the path that led him from a Moravian village to Manhattan, where the fortuitous meeting took place.
The Stanford News Service report, penned by Olivia Mattis, about the 1991 visit of Léon Theremin to Stanford University.
The original italian text from the 1935 book Prodigi e misteri delle radio-onde (Prodigies and mysteries of the Radiowaves), by D. E. Ravalico, which was quoted by Lucie Bigelow Rosen in the concert program entitled “The Theremin”.
A writing by Lucie Bigelow Rosen published by Caramoor, along with other material, on the occasion of the 1995 event they called “Theremania”.
Historical notes on the Moog synthesizer written by Dr. Bob Moog himself for Loud Records “Best of Moog” compilation album.
The following essay was written by Steve J. Sherman, Clara Rockmore’s great-nephew and Nadia Reisenberg’s grandson. As the title suggests, it provides us with an in-depth account of Clara Rockmore’s life during her last decade, up until her death in 1998, and includes a detailed chapter devoted to the controversial summer of 1997 and the […]
In one of his 1960 “New York Philarmonic Young People’s Concerts” Leonard Bernstein talks about the Theremin, the Ondes Martenot and the Tape Recorder.
Clara Rockmore’s 1936 Rockport, Maine concert program posted by Reid Welch to the Levnet mailing list in 1997.
A 1938 article about thereminist Juliet Shaw.