Maximum Reich 2.0

Thursday, September 29, 2011

To celebrate the 75th birthday of Steve Reich (born October 3, 1936) and the second birthday of Q2 Music (born October 8, 2009), we're presenting a renewed and rejuvenated version of...

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Osvaldo Golijov: Blending the Disparate and Ecstatic

Monday, September 26, 2011

Osvaldo Golijov is an Argentinian of Eastern European Jewish descent living in Boston at the start of the 21st century, and his music is in many ways an exploration of what, exactly, ...

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Over Land and Time with Kronos Quartet

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

To say that Kronos Quartet has earned a reputation as a tireless champion of new works with diverse collaborators doesn't come close to doing the ensemble justice. With a 30+ year career, over 750 commissioned works and arrangements, over 45 recordings, countless awards, including a newly minted Polar Music Prize and Avery Fisher Prize, and cemented relationships with iconic composers such as Terry Riley, Henryck Gorecki, Steve Reich, Philip Glass and Osvaldo Golijov, Kronos has an unmatched run of razor-sharp, new-music credentials.

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Reflections on Elgar's Cello Concerto

Sunday, September 11, 2011

On the 70th anniversary of her birth, read this archival reflection on Jacqueline du Pré’s life and career, and watch a video of her performance of the Elgar Concerto.

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Stories of Loss and Recovery

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Listen As part of The Requiem Project, we searched the WNYC Archives for voices that offer perspective on loss, grief and remembrance. The goal was for these voices to augment the mu...

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Requiem Project: Part V

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Listen The fifth segment of Q2's 10-hour Requiem Project mix features suggestions from listeners, a composition from Ingram Marshall, stories from a musician, a scientist, a policema...

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Requiem Project: Part IV

Friday, September 09, 2011

Listen   The fourth segment of Q2's 10-hour Requiem Project mix features suggestions from listeners, compositions from composers including Meredith Monk and Arvo Part, stories f...

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Requiem Project: Part III

Friday, September 09, 2011

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Requiem Project: Part II

Friday, September 09, 2011

Listen The second segment of Q2's 10-hour Requiem Project mix features suggestions from listeners, compositions from contributing composers including Gavin Bryars and Toby Twining, s...

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Requiem Project: Part I

Friday, September 09, 2011

Listen The first two hours of Q2's 10-hour Requiem Project mix features suggestions from listeners, compositions from contributing composers Meredith Monk and Ingram Marshall, a work...

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Meredith Monk on New York Requiem

Thursday, September 08, 2011

Read In 1993 during the period of the AIDS crisis, my friend Tom Bogdan asked me to write a piece for him to sing. As I began working, I realized that this could be the requiem I had...

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David Del Tredici Performs Missing Towers

Thursday, September 08, 2011

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There are only a few, fleeting moments when one feels instantly thrust in to history. How does a seasoned artist react to such ephemera? In the video below, New York composer David Del Tredici shares Gotham Glory: Missing Towers, his musical mirage of the two ghosts of 9/11 that loom over Ground Zero.

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William Basinski on The Disintegration Loops

Wednesday, September 07, 2011

Read In the process of archiving and digitizing analog tape loops from work I had done in 1982, I discovered some wonderful, sweeping pastoral pieces I had forgotten about. Beautiful...

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Olivia Giovetti on Rachmaninoff's All-Night Vigil

Saturday, September 03, 2011

Read On September 11, 1992, my father wrote a letter to his friends and family, entered the waters of the Massachusetts Bay off Revere Beach and never emerged. Because no body was ...

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What Remains

Thursday, September 01, 2011

Eighteen years ago, with whole chunks of my address book gutted by AIDS, I attended the first Broadway production of Angels in America. I emerged from the Walter Kerr Theater, the closing scene still lingering in my mind, to face a bitterly cold February night and a sky brilliant with stars. For a moment, like Kushner’s lost housewife, I imagined every friend I had lost as a separate constellation, mapped for me, forever, in a private welkin.

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Memorial Music: One Expected, One Not

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

In the days immediately after 9/11, our regular programming on WNYC 93.9 FM was suspended and we were doing wall-to-wall news coverage from NPR’s New York studio in midtown. I had been on the scene that Tuesday morning and was badly shaken by the events; and staying at home with nothing to do was definitely not helping me. So when NPR called to ask if I’d cover a live performance of the Requiem by Gabriel Fauré, and gather some sound from people at the church, I was relieved and grateful.

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Robert Moran on Trinity Requiem

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Read When Robert Ridgell (organist at Trinity Wall Street Church in New York) asked me for a new work to be commissioned by Trinity Wall Street and for his wonderful Trinity Youth Ch...

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The Ambiguity of Excerpting

Monday, August 29, 2011

As we take all the generous musical suggestions you've provided and strive to channel them into a cohesive, fluid stream of music for the 9/11 weekend, we acknowledge a complicated, but inevitable, decision. We have an idea how to proceed; however, we want to hear your thoughts as to the most appropriate, respectful course of action.

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To Score or Not To Score

Monday, August 29, 2011

Listen As part of Q2's Requiem Project, we're collecting stories from the  New York Public Radio archives to augment the music stream — voices that expand upon the themes in the mus...

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Annie Bergen on Johannes Brahms's German Requiem

Friday, August 26, 2011

Read The requiem that stands out for me is the performance I heard of Brahms’s Ein Deutsches Requiem (A German Requiem) shortly after the attacks of September 11, 2001. The performa...

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