Toby Twining on Chrysalid Requiem

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Read It is twelve years since I finished composing Chrysalid Requiem — a setting of the Latin funeral service, plus the "Libera me" and "In paradisum" from the burial service. Rather...

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Sara Fishko on Benjamin Britten's War Requiem

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Read In the early 1960s, I was in summer residence at an “arts camp” called Indian Hill. I was already quite a serious pianist by then, and during those sparkling, sun-dappled days i...

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The Mystical Power of Music

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Ten years ago on September 11, I was on the air here at WQXR from 7 p.m. until midnight. I had been called in at the last minute to cover for my colleague, June LeBell, who had been evacuated from Battery Park City to New Jersey earlier in the day. As I walked to the station that night, I remember how absolutely lost I felt. "What should I say? What should I do? How can we help?" It seemed so illogical to be playing music while television and radio stations all over the city were trying desperately to explain what had happened and to advise us about what to do next.

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Gavin Bryars on Cadman Requiem

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Read I last saw my friend and sound engineer Bill Cadman in Paris at the beginning of December 1988 when we had a drink together. On December 21st, Bill and his new girlfriend Sophie...

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Quiet Acts of Kindness

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Listen As part of Q2's Requiem Project, we've been searching the NYPR archives for voices that offer perspective on 9/11 and help us better understand the world in which we now li...

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Ingram Marshall on Gradual Requiem

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Read Musicians write requiems for all sorts of reasons. The Connecticut composer Ingram Marshall wrote his seminal tape piece Gradual Requiem in tribute to his father, who had recent...

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Requiems Discovered

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Listen Over the next few weeks, as we listen to your requiem suggestions and start to sketch out the 9/11 anniversary weekend programming, a ton of new music will be crossing our d...

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The Requiem Project

Friday, August 12, 2011

Do Although it stems from a specific religious tradition, the requiem has become a versatile, generous form through which many composers have addressed the fundamental human concerns...

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A Musical Memory Space

Friday, August 12, 2011

John Adams was one of the first major composers to take on the challenge of writing a work to commemorate the events of September 11, 2001. His Pulitzer Prize-winning work On the Transmigration of Souls is something of a sound collage, performed by orchestra and choirs along with pre-recorded ambient sound: we hear a voice reading names of people who were lost in the towers, the choirs singing reminiscences of their family members.

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Share Your Music

Thursday, August 11, 2011

For more than 500 years, Western classical music has used the requiem mass to bury the departed and console the living. Nearly 2,000 requiems have been written, to date — and that isn't even counting all the secular works meant to address the realities of death and mortality. 

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Share Your Memories

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Do Sometimes the enormity of a moment is captured by something small — the details of the everyday take on new meaning. What do you remember from September 11, 2001 and its immediate...

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The Q2 Listener Survey: Your Input Matters!

Thursday, July 14, 2011

At Q2 we’re devoted to championing the music of living composers and presenting it in the best possible way. But now we need your help and honest opinions. We want you to let us know ...

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Review: Nico Muhly's Compelling, Uneven Tale of Online Tragedy

Sunday, June 26, 2011

Nico Muhly's Two Boys, which got its world premiere at English National Opera on Friday, was envisioned as part crime procedural, part online morality tale. Despite a choppy first act...

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'Hi, I'm Nico Muhly...'

Friday, June 17, 2011

Joining us from the BBC studios in London in advance of the world premiere of Two Boys, Nico Muhly also takes time to conduct us through a tour of the kaleidoscopic influences behind his already prodigious catalog. 

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Postcards to the Internauts

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Greetings from sunny (I’m not kidding, the sun never sets) Iceland! I’m spending my days at Valgeir Sigurðsson’s Greenhouse Studios, where, to my surprise, June Hammered! guest host B...

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Listen Now: Seeing is Believing

Monday, June 13, 2011

Composer Nico Muhly's new album Seeing is Believing drops June 21, 2011, but until then you can hear it streaming 24/7 on-demand here as part of Q2's partnership with NPR Music's Firs...

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Two Boys Provoking Debate

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Though New Yorkers will unfortunately have to wait until the Met Opera's 2013-2014 season to see a local production of Tony Award-winner Bartlett Sher's staging of Nico Muhly's first opera, Two Boys (premiering in late June at the English National Opera), it seems like we're now more than ever bombarded with the dark and lurid issues that this complex, cautionary tale raises. 

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New Music Champions Unite!

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Q2 is listener-supported. Passionate about this great service and want to take a stand in support of new music? Become a Q2 listener-supporter and make a contribution to New York Public Radio today. And tell us why you listen to Q2. What is it about Q2 that gets your attention? What's valuable to you about Q2? Here are some highlights of our inaugural year.

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Spring Fever: Symphonic Metamorphosis

Saturday, May 14, 2011

The symphony has undergone such transformation since it first emerged as a conventional form hundreds of years ago. Concluding Carnegie Hall's Spring for Music festival, Kent Nagano and the Montréal Symphony Orchestra explore the evolution of the symphony beginning with Giovanni Gabrieli's Sacrae Symphoniae for Brass and finishing with Anton Webern's Symphony, Op. 21. This evening, May 14 from 5 to 8pm, Q2 responds with our own take on this large-scale form as it has transformed into the twenty-first century.

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Spring Fever: Dawn Upshaw, Soprano and Muse

Friday, May 13, 2011

This evening, Friday May 13 from 5 to 8 pm, Q2 continues work in tandem with WQXR's Spring for Music broadcast of the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra's performance with soprano, Dawn Upshaw. In addition to her role as a pedagogue and her career longevity as a singer, we draw inspiration from Upshaw's reputation for forging longstanding relationships with composers who have used her unique voice as their muse.

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