Today GOOGLE observes the 78th Birthday of Robert MOOG, inventor of the famous MOOG synthesizer.
A bLOGOS/HA HA staffer recalls attending a Melbourne CAE (Council of Adult Education) class in the early 1970s at which Felix Werder explained and demonstrated the then newly available Minimoog.
Felix Werder on the set of Music Workshop, 1966
On 23 February he had celebrated his 90th birthday at a peer-packed tribute concert. On the bill that night, at the Iwaki Auditorium, Melbourne :
Dice (solo piano), Felix Werder - World premiere
H Factor : string quartet, Felix Werder - World premiere - performed by Silo String Quartet
Ill Tempered Clavier (solo piano), Felix Werder - Australian premiere - performed by Michael Kieran Harvey
Quinny on the Roof : percussion, Felix Werder
Recipe for disaster : percussion (2000), Felix Werder - performed by Eugene Ughetti
The Tempest : electronics by Felix Werder
Friend and fellow composer Warren Burt wrote this obituary in The Age :
Champion of the new tweaked conservative noses
... He was an ardent champion of the new, and frequently delighted in tweaking the noses of his conservative, middle-class audience. Never one to suffer fools gladly, he brought a sense of forthright aesthetic debate into Australia. To his aesthetic opponents he could be a formidable adversary, but to those he worked with, both musically and educationally, he was unfailingly polite...
read full article here
9 May 2012
Larry Sitsky on Werder (Post–1945 Modernism Arrives in Australia) :
Some years after writing Australian Piano Music of the Twentieth Century, I find myself in a quandary yet again, faced with the problem of writing about Felix Werder...
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