Frederic Rzewski ‎– The People United Will Never Be Defeated!

Vinyl, LP


A The People United Will Never Be Defeated! 22:27
B The People United Will Never Be Defeated! 24:34



36 Variazioni sul tema: "El Pueblo Unido Jamas Sera Vencido"
36 Variations on theme: "El Pueblo Unido Jamas Sera Vencido"


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July 10, 2020
After a live performance concert at the Universita' di Milano (Milan, Italy), talking to several students at a restaurant that night, several students that were involved in creating music recordings and placing them into vinyl LP, an agreement was made that the following day a recording would be done in a recording studio. Not sure how many vinyl discs were pressed, but not many, since the expectation of selling them was rather low. The music is performed somewhat faster than in other recordings of the same composition. Also, there is no improvisation in the cadenzas. I heard Frederic just got paid a couple of beers for this. Other vinyl recordings of the same student group were political folk songs of little known geographical locations. For years, if one went to the major vinyl LP retail stores in Milan or Rome, the LP was placed not in the category with contemporary classical composers, but rather in the folk section, next to LP of South American groups such as Inti Illimani. Eventually the LP simply disappeared from retailer's bins. If one was lucky, one could find it in the discount box for the equivalent of a dollar. A friend of mine got his that way, it still has the sticker price, like today's "one dollar" (probably 1000 or 2000 Italian Lire). Funny how these vinyl LP come out of the woodwork decades later.