Re: [charlesives] Slonimsky's 111th
- davidgrayporter wrote:
>Yesterday was Nicolas Slonimsky's 111th birthday. Eat some ice creamSlonimisky also compiled a thesaurus of scales, intended as a reference
>in his honor (he loved ice cream and used to walk to the stor every
>day when he was still living on Wlshire Blvd. before they bulldozed
>the entire street for the Olympics and re-"development").
>Slonimsky conducted some of the earliest Ives/Ruggles/Varese premieres
>(which lost him his gig at the Hollywood Bowl) and led some of the
>first Ives recordings (altho' he recorded "In the Night" with the solo
>instrumnet reading the part as if transposed, not actual pitches).
>Ives re-arranged the scorew of "Putnam's Camp to show the Slominsky
>conducting method (which Ives did not intend to use at first).
"Since its publication in 1947, great musicians and composers of all
genres - from Arnold Schoenberg and Virgil Thomson to John Coltrane and
Freddie Hubbard - have sworn by this legendary volume and its
comprehensive vocabulary of melodic patterns for composition and
One of my profs at Michigan State was James Niblock who knew Slonimsky
and bumped into him while he was working on the Thesaurus. Niblock said
his reaction was, "What are you doing that for? How much does he get
for that?" He wagged his head when I told him the book sold for
$39.95(this was in 1979).