Who is Marga Richter?

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I do not remember when I heard the music of Marga Richter for the first time.  It was most likely on an MGM LP from the 1950’s including music by my idol Alan Hovhaness.

 

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Marga Richter

 

Over the years, I have acquired many of her recordings and have presented her music many times on my radio program Classical Discoveries. I also had the opportunity to speak to her a few times over the phone.

It is somewhat sad that a noteworthy, living composer, celebrating her 90th birthday on October 21 is not being included, to my knowledge, on any major orchestral concerts this season.

 

It would be wonderful to hear live performance of “Blackberry Vines and Winter Fruit” or some of her other wonderful works in place of one more popular composition of Brahms, Mozart or Beethoven, etc.

Luckily she is not totally forgotten. voila_capture-2016-10-20_163002

On Wednesday, October 26, 2016, Classical Discoveries, the program devoted to lesser known works and a champion of living composers, will pay tribute to Marga and present the program “Who is Marga Richter,” a spotlight on the composer celebrating her 90TH birthday on WPRB 103.3 FM Princeton NJ, or on the Internet at: http://wprb.com/.

During the course of a 5 ½ hour program that airs from 5:30 till 11:00am EST, you will have opportunity to hear approximately 2.5 hours of Marga’s music and if you miss the broadcast you will have a chance to listen to the archived program at Classical Discoveries website for limited time at: http://www.classicaldiscoveries.org/index_10_26_2016_temporary_file.html

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You should really familiarize yourself with this wonderful composer. Here some interesting links:

http://www.margarichter.com/

http://www.newyorkwomencomposers.org/profiles.php4?zdm_id=RIC01

http://composers21.com/compdocs/richterm.htm

http://www.press.uillinois.edu/books/catalog/45snz6dc9780252037313.html

http://www.kcstudio.com/richter2.html

Marga Richter’s POETIC IMAGES BEYOND POETRY,

The Voice From The Kelp

If you tune in this week to Classical Discoveries you might hear coming through the airwaves from the WPRB studio “a voice from the Kelp.”

 

 

If you are a music blog fanatic you will be familiar with this blog, and if you are not, I urge you to explore it at: Notes From The Kelp

This wonderful blog has a mixture of music and nature, two my favorite subjects, and is the creation of composer and nature lover Alex Shapiro, who is visiting the East Coast.

 

She will be my guest  for two and half hours this Wednesday morning, in the WPRB studio from 9:30 until 12:00 eastern time.

There is no question that Alex’s music has very strong connections to nature and her home surroundings.

Just listen to her music and enjoy at the same time the wonderful pictures posted on her blog.

I feel almost envious, and as much I love civilization, I would love to live closer to nature and watch closely wonderful creatures like Alex’s little foxes, elks, whales and other critters.

I get excited when I see a pellegrino hawk, blue jays, chickadees and little bunny rabbits, and in the summer, wonderful little hummingbirds in our garden.

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I hope that you will be able to listen to my conversation with Alex. We will talk about all those things close to her, and listen to her wonderful music this Wednesday morning between 9:30 and 12:00 eastern time on WPRB 103.3FM Princeton NJ. and all over the world on line at: http://www.wprb.com/listen.php

 

If you have different plans for that day you will be able now to listen to archive files for 2 weeks after their posting at: MP3 ARCHIVES PAGE

Alex Shapiro – Vista

Alex Shapiro – Deep

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