Doug Balliett

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Those Italians Just Keep Getting Higher

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Did you ever notice just how high Italian composers write? From Puccini to Scelsi to Berio and everywhere in between, the Italians seem to love the highest range on each instrument, and as Oliver Knussen as pointed out, each generation seems to push the limits a little bit higher.


Michael Nyman is Awesome

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Why is Michael Nyman so awesome? Is it because he writes whatever he wants, unfettered by trend or dogma? Is it because he chooses beautiful harmonies, but is always searching for that new chord? Or is it just that his music is so damn groovy? Whatever it is it all adds up to be just to the tastes of the Brothers Balliett.

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Happy President's Day – oh, and Valentine's as well

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Ah, the sweet mid-February – a time when love blooms, greeting card companies experience a windfall, and congress is in full swing. Today at 3 pm, join the Brothers Balliett for presidential homages from Jennifer Higdon, Nico Muhly and Milton Babbitt as well an opera selection about a great first lady.


The Beatles Interventions

Thursday, February 06, 2014

Leonard Bernstein once wrote that the songs of the Beatles could easily stand next to the best songs of Schumann and Schubert. The Brothers Balliett listen Beatles covers and homages from Frederic Rzewski, John Cage and Alarm Will Sound.


The Brothers Balliett Talk to Harold Meltzer

Thursday, January 23, 2014

This week, the Brothers Balliett are  joined in the studio by composer, Rome Prize-winner and  Guggenheim Fellow Harold Meltzer. Listen Thursday at 3 pm.

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The Harpsichord Show

Thursday, January 09, 2014

This week, the Brothers Balliett take a listen to one an oft-misunderstood instrument: the harpischord. Listen at 3 pm for performances by 17th century composer Froberger, songstress Joanna Newsome and Czeck composer Viktor Kalabis.


The Brothers Balliett Best of 2013 Rundown

Thursday, January 02, 2014

Today at 3 pm, The Brothers Balliett take a look at some of their favorite releases from 2013, including music from Bang on a Can, International Contemporary Ensemble's Rebekah Heller, David Fulmer and more.


Music for Staring at the Fire

Thursday, December 26, 2013

Special for the holiday season, this week The Brothers Balliett offer music designed to accompany the obligatory fire-staring that is so much a part of this time of year. This music is designed to help you zone in, zone out, forget the world and focus on the fire.

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The Brothers Balliett Talk to Charles Wuorinen

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Charles Wuorinen befriended Edgard Varèse and Igor Stravinky in his youth and has collaborated with the likes of Salman Rushdie and Annie Proulx. Today at 3 pm he joins the Brothers Balliett for an interview and listening session.


The Monochromatic Show

Thursday, December 12, 2013

If there's one thing that the Brothers Balliett have learned from Rothko, it's that monochromaticism, in art OR music, is not necessarily a bad or boring thing. This week we explore ensembles built entirely of one sound color. Listen Thursday at 3 pm.


Mostly Imaginary Landscapes

Thursday, December 05, 2013

Does an aural representation of geography exist, or does "landscape" take on a new meaning when applied to music? Today at 3 pm, the Brothers Balliett explore landscape music by John Cage, Harrison Birtwistle and Brian Fernyhough.

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A Thanksgiving Cross-Culture Show

Thursday, November 28, 2013

Thanksgiving isn't just about tryptophan-induced comas – it's also about cultures meeting and deep grooves. This week, in a special Thanksgiving edition, the Brothers Balliett honor that early American meeting of cultures with three pieces that exemplify cross-cultural connections.


The Brothers Balliett Talk to Alex Mincek

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Today at 3 pm, the Brothers Balliett talk to composer and Guggenheim recipient Alex Mincek, who's collaborated with Yarn/Wire, JACK Quartet and Wet Ink among others.


New Music: The Next Generation

Thursday, November 14, 2013

This week, the Brothers gaze into the universe of contemporary music's rising stars. Listen at 3 pm for music by Stuart Breczinski, Carson Cooman, Jacob Gotlib and Lansing McLoskey.


Bizarre Instruments

Thursday, November 07, 2013

Last January, the Brothers Balliett presented the Grown-Person's Guide, examining the orchestra one section at a time. By popular request, this week, they add more recent and usual instruments to their rundown. Featuring the ondes martenot, barrel organ and a music box ensemble. Listen today at 3 pm.


The Brothers Balliett Spooktacular

Thursday, October 31, 2013

This Halloween, the Brothers Balliett serve up a cauldron of bone-chilling works by living (un-dead) composers. Listen at 3 pm for hair-raising Ondes Martinot features by Etienne Rolin and Lindsay Cooper alongside uneasy music by John Harbison and Robert Moran.


Young New York Ensembles and the Brothers that Love Them

Thursday, October 24, 2013

This week the Brothers Balliett celebrate Q2 Music's Fall Pledge Drive with a cross section of the hottest young New York ensembles, from Goya-inspired works to collaborations among the most prominent New York composers. Listen today at 3 pm.


24-Hour Halloween Scarathon

Friday, October 18, 2013

Today, Q2 Music celebrates new music's favorite holiday, Halloween, with its first 24-hour scarathon of hair-raising microtones, densely clustered choruses and heart-pumping slasher film suites.


The Brothers Balliett Talk to Ray Lustig

Thursday, October 17, 2013

This week, the Brothers are joined in the studio by composer Ray Lustig, a composer who is in constant dialogue with the past while also drawing on concepts of modern disease and internet latency. Listen today at 3 pm.


The Brothers Balliett Talk to Gene Pritsker

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Whether you're looking for an orchestra made entirely of samples, broken-down Bach, or full-scale hip-hopera, Gene Pritsker is your man. He's orchestrated the Cloud Atlas film and had his music premiered by the Berlin Philharmonic. The Brothers sit down to talk shop with Pritsker Thursday at 3 pm.