Studs and Mr. Blackwood discuss his musical theory of tonal composition, and Mr. Blackwood plays several excerpts of his piece "Chamber Work for Fourteen Winds" on the piano.
In this round table discussion the three gentlemen - all composers, musicians, and educators - discuss with Studs contemporary music and the standards for defining a composition in music. In the second hour they discuss what level of knowledge of music a critic should have in order to form a proper opinion of music. All animatedly offer their opinion to both the pro and the con. A movement of both Blackwood and Shapey compositions is played.
Interviewing author, singer and songwriter Bernard Asbell.
Terkel comments and presents a musical performance by Wynton Marsalis
Jennie Tourel discusses her career with some comments by her accompanist Simon Sargon.
Program includes an excerpt of a 1978 interview with songwriter and labor rights activist Florence Reece.
Studs Terkel interviews soprano Elisabeth Schwarzkopf. This is an interview done in two parts.
Peter Schickele, the man behind the pseudonymous musical persona P.D.Q. Bach, gives a lecture on the oft-forgotten composer and sibling of Johann Sebastian Bach, playing and discussing a number of works by the fictitious composer.
Studs interview with Ron Modell, Associate Professor of Trumpet and Director of the Jazz program at Northwestern University, Chicago. Modell talks about his students and their work in the band. He names some of his students and speaks of their individual work. He highlights their performances, awards, and future careers of those in the band. The musical numbers are removed from this edited version of the original recording.
Scott and Helen Nearing, advocates of simple living, discuss their book "Continuing the good life: half a century of homesteading" and the simple lifestyle they lead. Includes excerpt from previous interview with Scott and Helen Nearing (1993882-3-1)
Studs Terkel talks with Elisabeth about her career in opera. She discusses her thoughts of her overall career.
Interviewing mezzo-soprano and voice instructor Mignon Dunn.