Born in 1981, Nico Muhly is a composer living and working in New York, NY. He blogs at www.nicomuhly.com.
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Monday, February 27, 2012
Composer, pianist and erstwhile boy soprano Nico Muhly has been a part of Q2's musical family since the beginning. Today at 12 pm, we revisit the composer's four-part survey of his first love: choral music.
Sunday, December 19, 2010
Composer Nico Muhly hosts a witch's brew of selections from the New York Philharmonic CONTACT! New Music series, featuring seven world premieres commissioned by the orchestra.
Thursday, September 16, 2010
Today, Benjamin Britten and other 20th Century luminaries. Is there anything better than his Te Deum in C? If you can make it through "...whom that hast redeemed with thy precious blood" without losing your mind, you are more dignified than I.
Wednesday, September 15, 2010
I live for cheesy mid-century choral music. Today: Herbert Howells and Charles Villiers Stanford.
Tuesday, September 14, 2010
Today, Henry Purcell and John Blow! Purcell is, I think, the last composer who was allowed to write such unstructured music; his long verse anthems and Te Deum are abstract, meandering and episodic pieces where each little bit of text is its own little étude. I think all of my problems as a composer — and all my delights — can be traced back to these capricious, difficult and charming pieces.
Monday, September 13, 2010
Choral music is my first love. Even though my voice broke in 1994, I still return to the emotional landscapes of Byrd, Tallis, Gibbons, Howells and Britten as a sort of home base for all of the music I write. In this four-part series on Q2, we explore a few centuries of (mainly) English choral music, ignoring, as the genre itself suggests, the better part of the 18th and 19th centuries. This is by no means comprehensive, but is, rather, my own strange itinerary through the pieces I adore.
Friday, December 11, 2009
Writing about Steve Reich’s music feels like writing about a family member or a childhood friend: There are too many stories and too many strange intimacies to really create a coherent narrative. I first discovered Reich as a teenager; I’m pretty sure Music for 18 Musicians was the first album I bought, and then I got deep into it very quickly.
Thursday, April 30, 2009
Nico Muhly's piece Keep in Touch is performed with the composer on piano and Overnight Music host Nadia Sirota on the viola. The composer describes the work as "a lament, a sort of chaconne divided up into sections by more freely composed cadenzas for the viola."