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KUSC's Soul Music Remembers Paul Salamunovich

Posted By: Brian Lauritzen · 4/5/2014 10:50:00 AM

Around 7:20am on Sunday (4/6) on KUSC’s Soul Music, I will be playing a performance from USC of the Duruflé Requiem. This particular performance was led by acclaimed choral conductor and Los Angeles Master Chorale Music Director Emeritus, Paul Salamunovich, who died this past week at the age of 86.

Duruflé’s Requiem was the piece, according to his son Stephen, that Paul was listening to as he passed away Thursday night. (Salamunovich never recorded the Duruflé Requiem commercially.) The recording also features Salamunovich introducing the work from the stage, where he talks about his close connection with Duruflé. Following that, I have a couple other performances from USC with Salamunovich introducing the music, including him talking about working with Stravinsky. The program will close with Salamunovich conducting Morten Lauridsen’s Lux Aeterna—a recording that introduced many of us (myself included) to Lauridsen’s music.

Click here for the Los Angeles Master Chorale’s obituary for their beloved leader.

Also, please share your thoughts and memories of Paul Salamunovich on KUSC's Facebook page.

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  1. Andrea Maier posted on 04/06/2014 02:39 PM
    Thank you for the lovely tribute this morning on Soul Music. He was, as you and others have described, generous. He was evoking of trust to give of oneself to the work and the performance. I was fortunate to sing under his direction at a week long choral workshop over thirty years ago. HIs spirit and generosity were personally affecting and are memorable to this day. Thank you, Mr Salamunovich.
  2. George E. Klump posted on 04/13/2014 08:42 PM
    As far back as the 1960's I came to know Paul, though we had not met at the time. In 1972 the National Convention of the American Guild of Organists was to take place in Dallas, Texas where we were living at the time. Being on the program committee gave me an opportunity to suggest Paul as an adjunct choral program, a suggestion which paid off handsomely.

    Later, after we had moved back out to California, I became associated with the Dept. of Music at Loyola Marymount University where Paul was conductor of the Men's and Women's Choruses. One time the LMU Choruses were scheduled locally for a concert and Paul suddenly found himself without an accompanist. Since I had already played a few organ concerts on campus, Paul put his assistant up to asking me, as the program was only ten days away. Following that I had the opportunity to play for the Christmas concerts at LMU as did my wife, Barbara, on occasion, as well as other concerts on campus, e.g. his spring concerts. What an opportunity to learn this was! And playing all of his rehearsals for an entire year surpassed any courses one could possibly design for learning choral music and techniques of achieving good choral tone and interpretation.

    Innumerable conversations Paul and I had about major choral music including music for the Church, e.g. Gregorian Chant of which he was a master, mutual performance experiences and the like. Naturally, recounting such experiences between ourselves was almost more hilarious than the experiences themselves.

    It was privately agreed between us many years ago that, if he were to become Music Director of the LA Master Chorale, he would not give up his church. And this is exactly what he did: he kept his church position but retired from LMU.

    While Paul's musical tastes ran the gamut from the Ars Perfecta to present contemporary styles, he did have a partiality to such composers as Holst, Vaughn Williams, Howells, Britten and Walton, all of the more modern English school and some of the French impressionists. Of the latter he was particular impressed with Durufle and his collaboration with Durufle some years ago was an understandably proud moment for him as it turned out to be for Durufle himself. That Paul passed away listening to Durufle's music is not something given to all in his position. What a privilege that was. And it was a great privilege for me to be able to work with him professionally as I did. It is definitely not something easily forgotten.
  3. Will posted on 04/20/2014 09:06 AM
    This message is for Allison Young.

    Oh, how I wish you were the Announcer and Program Director
    during the hours of 7 PM until 10 PM when I call it a night.

    I will not listen to 91.5 during those hours because of the dark
    discordant "classical music" that often prevails during those times
    hosted by announcing which I find are unpleasant to my ears
    and hard to understand, even with my hearing aids turned on
    to the highest level.

    Your voice is clear, crisp and provides very pleasant listening.

    Thank you for your Saturday evening programs. I wish you
    were the announcer every evening during the week.
  4. Frederick Charlton posted on 08/15/2014 02:13 PM
    The great early music pioneer Frans Bruggen died yesterday and there has benn no mention of that fact on KUSC. For shame!
    1. KUSC posted on 08/15/2014 02:35 PM This comment was edited by a moderator at 02:38 PM on 08/15/2014
      @Frederick Charlton We've paid tribute to Frans Brüggen in a few ways. Yesterday his death was the subject of Dennis Bartel's morning segment "What's Happening in the World of Classical Music" and Rich Capparela also spoke about Brüggen in the 4PM hour. This morning, Brüggen was the "Artist of the Morning" on Dennis Bartel's morning show.
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