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King, Frederick , 1982 - 1987

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Scope and Contents

Musician Frederick King delivered 4 lectures. He spoke on 4/27/1982 (2015-0002/RR208), 4/19/1983 (2015-0002/RR209), 3/25/1986 (2015-0002/RR210) and 4/28/1987 (2015-0002/RR211).

RR 208 Edward O'Connor makes several class announcements before the introduction of Frederick King. [difficult to hear since there doesn't appear to be a microphone; a lot of coughing and moving around] Mr. King provides a musical introduction followed by a discussion of some of the influences that shaped him as a musician.

RR 209 Hale Smith makes several class announcements and comments about inappropriate behavior before introducing the speaker, Mr. Fred King. Mr. King wants to have the evening be a workshop and offers a brief glimspe of his experience. He plays recorded music and a discussion follows.

RR 210 Leon Bailey introduces Fred King. King wants to interact with the class in a workshop setting. He begins with a relaxing exercise to demonstrate how music comes out of each individual's life.

RR 211 Leon Bailey shares several class announcements prior to introducing Fred King, "a man for all musical seasons." King wants to impress upon the class something they can take away with them--that music is to be experienced. That music works at levels deeply beneath the subconscious.


  • 1982 - 1987

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Biographical / Historical

Frederick L. King received his B.A. and M.A. in percussion and orchesteral conducting at the University of Iowa. He did post-graduate work at Juilliard School of Music, studying under New York Philharmonic timbanist, Saul Goodman. In 1969, King was a Ethnomusicology doctoral candidate at Columbia University and also worked and travelled internationally with with the New York Pro Musica (under Noah Greenberg). In addition, King was active in performaing and recording pop and jazz music. In August 1968, King invited to organize the department of percussion at the Puerto Rico Conservatory of Music (1968-1975). While at the Conservatory, King traveled and performed throughout the Caribbean with Pablo Casals, the founder of the Conservatory. He continued to be a freelance percussionist in New York and continued to teach and perform with symphonic orchestras, chamber music groups and was affiliated with Max Roach's M'Boom.

[Information from recordings and "Frederick King and the New Sound of Percussion," by Francis Schwartz, San Juan Star, 2 March 1969.]


4 Reels (Magnetic tape audio recordings ) : RR 208 1 reel, Side A-1:27:56, Side B-1:19:12; tape speed 3¾ IPS; track position ½-Track Mono; Substrate: Polyester. The recordings were combined for ease of listening. The combined run time of the digital recording is 1:12:18. RR 209 1 reel, 1:13:03; tape speed 3¾ IPS; track position ½-Track Mono; Substrate: Polyester. RR 210 1 reel, 1:24:51; tape speed 3¾ IPS; track position ½-Track Mono; Substrate: Polyester. RR 211 1 reel. 1:29:56; tape speed 3¾ IPS; track position ½-Track Mono; Substrate: Polyester.

Language of Materials

From the Series: English