*ARSC New York Chapter March 2015 Meeting*
7 P. M. Thursday, 3/26/15
at the CUNY Sonic Arts Center
West 140th Street & Convent Avenue, New York
or enter at 138th Street off Convent Avenue
Shepard Hall (the Gothic building) – Recital Hall (Room 95, Basement level)
An elevator is located in the center of the building
*The Unknown Nadia Boulanger: Recordings from The Crane School of Music
Archives Presented by Gary A. Galo, Audio Engineer Emeritus*
The renowned teacher and conductor Nadia Boulanger had a long association
with The Crane School of Music at SUNY Potsdam, beginning in the summer of
1925 when Helen M. Hosmer, a faculty member and future director of the
school, traveled to Fontainbleau for a summer of study in France with Mlle.
Boulanger. A friendship that would last over half a century developed
between them, and during the course of that time Boulanger appeared as
guest conductor of Crane Chorus and Crane Symphony Orchestra at SUNY
Potsdam four times, in 1939, 1945, 1958 and 1962. Crane Chorus also
traveled to New York City in April, 1941 for a special benefit concert for
the Polish Relief given in honor of Ignace Jan Paderewski. For the New York
concert, members of the Philharmonic-Symphony Orchestra of New York and
fifteen distinguished soloists joined Boulanger and Crane Chorus.
Boulanger made a relatively small number of commercial recordings, and the
archives of The Crane School contain a number of works not otherwise found
in her discography, much of it reflecting her interest in 20th- century
composers. This presentation will sample those recordings, beginning with
an excerpt from a 1939 performance of Brahms’s Ein deutsches Requiem,
recorded on 16-inch lacquer discs. The 1941 Polish Relief Concert was
recorded on five 16-inch, 33 1/3-rpm lacquer discs by the Carnegie Hall
Recording Company. The repertoire on that concert included the complete
History of the Resurrection of Jesus Christ by Heinrich Schütz, “Fac me
tecum pie flere” from the Stabat Mater by 20th-century Polish composer
Karol Szymanowski, and the 14th century Polish chant Bogurodzica Dziewica,
in a polyphonic setting probably done by Boulanger. The Requiem of Gabriel
Fauré, a staple of the Boulanger repertoire, concluded the concert.
Excerpts from her 1958 appearance will include Vielle Prière Bouddhique by
her sister Lili, and Hymne Olympique by the Polish composer Michal Spisak.
Excerpts from the 1962 concert will include Cantate by Igor Markevitch, the
motet Sequentia de Vergina Maria by Hungarian composer Láslo Lajthe,
Gloria by Poulenc, and Cantate by Corsican-born Leo Preger, the latter a
commission by The Crane School on the recommendation of Mlle. Boulanger.
This presentation will combine expanded versions of two papers previously
presented at ARSC national conferences: Nadia Boulanger: The Polish Relief
Benefit Concert given in Milwaukee, WI in 2007, and The Unknown Nadia
Boulanger: Recordings from The Crane School of Music Archives given in
Kansas City, MO in 2014.
*Gary A. Galo* retired in June 2014 after thirty-eight years as Audio
Engineer at The Crane School of Music, SUNY Potsdam, where he also taught
courses in music literature and audio technology. He has been an ARSC
member since 1982, was the Sound Recording Review Editor of the ARSC
Journal from 1995-2012, was co-chair of the ARSC Technical Committee from
1996-2004, has been a frequent presenter at ARSC Conferences, and has
written numerous articles, book reviews and sound recording reviews for the
ARSC Journal. Mr. Galo is a widely published author with over three hundred
articles and reviews to his credit on both musical and technical subjects,
in over a dozen publications. He is a Regular Contributor to audioXpress
magazine, has reviewed numerous books for Notes: Quarterly Journal of the
Music Library Association, is the author of the “Loudspeaker” entry in The
Encyclopedia of Recorded Sound in the United States, 1st edition, and has
also written for the Newsletter of the Wilhelm Furtwängler Society of
America, and Toccata: Journal of the Leopold Stokowski Society.
Our next program will be on April 16, 2015 Dennis D. Rooney will discuss
the Columbia recordings of Fritz Reiner and the Pittsburgh Symphony
DIRECTIONS TO THE SONIC ARTS CENTER
Subway: Take the 1 train to 137th Street City College and walk north to
140th St. & Broadway,
then go east to 140th St. & Convent Avenue. Take the A, B, C, or D trains
to 145th St, go south on St. Nicholas to 141st St, (one long block), then
west one block to Convent Avenue, and south one more block to 140th &
Bus: M4 and M5 on Broadway; M 100, 101 on Amsterdam Ave. (one block West of
The Sonic Arts Center at CCNY offers 4-year Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees
in Music with a concentration in Music and Audio Technology. Their program
provides an in- depth curriculum emphasizing real-world skills with a
project-based approach. Students enjoy a well-rounded program, with
emphasis on audio technology, music theory, orchestration, and history to
help them compete in a field that today demands
an ever-growing and highly diverse skill set.
All ARSC NY Chapter meetings are free and open to the public.
Voluntary contributions to help defray our expenses are welcome!
To join ARSC, visit http://www.arsc-audio.org
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