Unpacking the Greatest Gift to 20th-Century Music

Thursday, December 27, 2012

Abstraction wrested music from the polarity of major and minor keys and Romantic-era emotions. Blogger David Patrick Stearns deconstructs the watershed years of 1910-1925.

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Reinventing Music: 1910-1925

Monday, December 17, 2012

Q2 Music has been invited to curate a dynamic, innovative sound chamber as part of The Museum of Modern Art’s multidisciplinary exhibition examining the rise of abstract art, Inventing Abstraction: 1910-1925. Stream the complete playlist on-demand. 

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Unsilent Night 2012: On foot and Online

Saturday, December 15, 2012

This year you can participate in the moving sound sculpture that is Phil Kline's Unsilent Night by simply streaming Q2 Music. The electronic caroling party begins Saturday at 7 pm.

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Q2 Music's Second Annual New-Music Countdown

Friday, December 07, 2012

It's time for Q2 Music's second annual new-music countdown! Between now and Christmas Day, vote for your favorite classical music from the last 100 years and we'll bring the year to a close with your top choices during a marathon countdown.

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Michel van der Aa Wins 2013 Grawemeyer Award

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Dutch composer Michel van der Aa has won the 2013 Grawemeyer Award for Music Composition. He is the second consecutive Dutch composer to win the $100,000 prize.

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A Multifaceted Elliott Carter Marathon

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Composer Elliott Carter died Nov. 5 at age 103. In celebration of his legacy, Q2 Music devotes a full day of programming Tuesday to his life and music.

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Colleagues and Champions Remember Elliott Carter

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

As part of our all-day celebration of the late Elliott Carter, we asked a handful of Carter experts, colleagues and collaborators to share their memories of the man and his music.

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Revisiting 'Elliott Carter at 100'

Tuesday, November 06, 2012

Conceived as a tribute to Elliott Carter on the occasion of his 100th birthday, this special program from 2008 explores the compositional roots of the iconic American composer, as well as the ramifications of his complex, powerfully influential music.

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The Rewarding and Unpredictable Music of Elliott Carter

Tuesday, November 06, 2012

Charles Ives wrote him a letter of recommendation to Harvard. He attended the New York premiere of The Rite of Spring. Decades later, Stravinsky himself would proclaim that he had written the first American masterpiece.

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A Mostly Crowdsourced Post-Hurricane Mixtape

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Today at 3 pm, Q2 Music turns over the airwaves to music suggested as examples of pieces that are appropriate to play in the immediate aftermath of Hurricane Sandy or that reference climatalogical disasters.

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Parade of New Voices on Q2 Music

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Q2 Music recenly put out a call soliciting demo tapes from the next generation of would-be radio hosts. The new lineup includes composer Suzanne Farrin, singer Charlotte Mundy and musician brothers, Doug and Brad Balliett.

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Take A Stand: Q2 Music's Fall Pledge Drive

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Q2 Music’s a listener-supported radio station. We rely on your pledge dollars to stay streaming 24 hours a day, every day. Chip in and make a contribution right now!

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Listening Party: An Hour with Claire Chase

Tuesday, October 02, 2012

Today from 3-4 pm, Q2 Music celebrates flutist Claire Chase's 2012 MacArthur Fellowship with an hour of experimental music from Chase and her esteemed International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE). The program features music by Kaija Saariaho, Edgard Varese and more.

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Behind the Perverse Pandemonium of HK Gruber

Monday, October 01, 2012

Heinz Karl Gruber (or HK Gruber, depending on your program) isn’t afraid of being called silly. One of the Austrian composer’s most notorious pieces, Frankenstein!! (yes, with two exclamation points), is formally described as a “pan-demonium,” and takes as its text some would-be Austrian children’s rhymes penned by an absurdist-minded pal of Gruber’s.

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Henry Cowell: A Man Made of Music: Part 2

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

In this, the second part of Henry Cowell: A Man Made of Music, host Joel Sachs presents the under-appreciated radical side of Cowell's writing following his 1936-1940 stint in prison and the composer's ongoing passion and advocacy for non-Western musics.

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Henry Cowell: A Man Made of Music: Part 1

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

In this, the first part of Henry Cowell: A Man Made of Music, host Joel Sachs presents a radio primer exploring the life and music of American maverick composer Henry Cowell. This show begins with a discussion of Cowell's ultramodern, experimental forays into composition for piano and how he became Charles Ives's first publisher.

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Henry Cowell: A Man Made of Music

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Q2 Music presents the radio complement to author Joel Sachs's landmark Henry Cowell biography, Henry Cowell: A Man Made of Music. Hear about this pioneering American composer and advocate for non-Western music.

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Mason Bates and DJ Masonic: Two Halves of a Modern-Day Composer-Performer

Thursday, September 20, 2012

The tradition of the star performer-composer is as old as classical music itself — Beethoven on the piano, Paganini on the violin. But Mason Bates isn't a virtuoso of the organ or the lute. The role of the performer and the role of the composer have changed: Bates's instrument is the laptop.

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John Cage at 100: "City Circus"

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

On September 5, 2012, John Cage would have celebrated his 100th birthday. To commemorate the legendary composer's centennial, New Sounds's John Schaefer presents 13 archival episodes of Cage interviews, rare recordings and performances Wednesdays this fall on Q2 Music at 8 pm.

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Interview: Original Music Workshop's Founder, Kevin Dolan

Monday, September 10, 2012

In order to get a better idea of the genesis of and programmatic philosophy behind Williamsburg's upcoming, $15.6 million Original Music Workshop, we asked its founder Kevin Dolan, a soft-spoken, former international tax attorney, a few questions.

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