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Say hello to Hammered!, Q2 Music's hour-long, weekday program devoted the extraordinary breadth and ever-evolving repertoire of music for keyboard. From concert grand to disklavier, synthesizer to clavichord, prepared piano to toy piano, Hammered! shares musical colors from ebony to ivory and every shade in between.
Throw a dart in New York City and you'll hit an adventurous, talented, experimental, and virtuosic pianist. Q2 Music will provide a happy home for makers and admirers of kaleidoscopic keyboard music of today, including both fresh, newly minted interpretations and revolutionary departures from tradition.
Latest Episodes and Articles
Monday, June 17, 2013
Late in his life, the famed Italian pianist and composer Ferruccio Busoni felt so straightjacketed by the tonal system that he said one of the only viable method of escape was the invention of new sounds through electronic instruments.
Monday, June 10, 2013
What is it about the opening measures of Ludwig van Beethoven's Fifth Symphony, or Igor Stravinsky's The Rite of Spring that generates such intense musical magnetism? This week on Hammered! we explore how the starts of pieces impact the music that follows.
Monday, June 03, 2013
The Van Cliburn International Piano Competition is one of the most prestigious competitions in the world. But it must be asked: can someone play something—ANYTHING?—after, like, maybe 1910!?
Monday, May 27, 2013
Igor Stravinsky's Rite of Spring turns 100 on Wednesday! Was there a bolder, more influential work in the 20th century? On the days surrounding Q2 Music's Rite Of Spring Fever, Hammered! focuses in on Stravinsky's variegated piano output and covers his early, neo-Classical, and serial periods.
Monday, May 20, 2013
With all the richness, and pianistic splendor of last week behind us, the only suitable response involves music of clarity and sparseness. This week on the program we're balancing Aimard's high note-per-second repertoire with meditative, slow-moving, and delicate repertoire in conjunction with our Spring Fund Drive.
Monday, May 13, 2013
Few pianists have impacted contemporary music more profoundly than the Frenchman Pierre-Laurent Aimard. Hear his insights and performances of Ives, Ligeti and Messiaen all week on Hammered!