Camera Three

Season 22 Episode 40

Tribute to Charles Tomlinson Griffes

Aired Sunday 11:30 AM Jun 26, 1977 on CBS
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Tribute to Charles Tomlinson Griffes
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Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Ned Rorem hosts a tribute to the late American composer Charles Tomlinson Griffes. Griffes who died in 1920 was best known for his compositions "The Pleasure Dome of Kubla Khan" and "The White Peacock" but much of his music is rarely heard. On this program "Camera Three" presents some of Griffes' little-known compositions, including the unpublished "Three Tone Pictures". Other works to be performed are "Scherzo for Piano" played by American concert pianist Robert de Gaetano and "Two Sketches for String Quartet Based on Indian Themes" sung by tenor Paul Speery, who is accompanied by Martin Katz at the piano. Griffes died after only a dozen creative years, yet his music spanned many styles. One critic wrote, "It was Griffes' ability to assimilate the best around him and stamp it with his own power of expression and individuality."moreless

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