Frederick, Kurt 1968-09-16

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Kurt Frederick reflects on his life in relation to Arnold Schonberg’s music and his career as conductor of the Albuquerque Civic Symphony Orchestra.

General Interview Information

Interviewee Name: Kurt Frederick

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Date: September 16, 1968

Location: Albuquerque, New Mexico

Interviewer: David B. Gracy, II

Length: 00:35:38


Tape 1, Side 1: Admirer of music - Arnold Schoenberg, Refugee, Correspondence with friend of Schoenberg's, Photostat copy of score (work had never been performed), Conductor Albuquerque Civic Symphony Orchestra, Asked permission to perform work, Parts had not been written out, Write parts and permission granted (1948-1949), Meeting of Directors, Begin work - many mistakes, Difficulties, Estancia school girl - melody, Postponed date of performance, 1st Community to perform this work, Albuquerque not aware of importance, Performance written in South American newspapers and Europe, Letter received from Schoenberg, Other correspondence, Performance - peculiar experience, Interesting audience reaction, Albuquerque - made N. Y. Times Headlines, Birth - Vienna, Education, Reason for coming to this country, Experiences in Vienna, Successful performances, Living in New York, Pressures - Health, Thoughts of giving up music, Professor of Music at University of New Mexico, Reason for coming to U. S. and New Mexico, Questions of family background - Return to Vienna

Tape 1, Side 2: Blank

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Access Information

Original Recording Format: reel to reel tape

Recording Format Notes: digitized 2013


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