13 Days When Music Changed Forever : August 2011
Tuesday, August 30, 2011
This piece, which debuted at the San Francisco Tape Music Center, and the minimalist outpouring that it sparked, were a reaction to the rigid strictures of serialism and the stranglehold of the academic composers of the time.
Tuesday, August 23, 2011
This publication in Pravda of the article titled "Chaos Instead of Music" signaled Stalin’s displeasure with Shostakovich’s opera Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk and led to the composer’s “redemption” in his Symphony No. 5.
Tuesday, August 16, 2011
Before Ives, American concert music was almost entirely based on European models. After him, through Copland, Cage, and beyond, American “classical” music found its own voice. Hear why tonight at 10 pm.
Tuesday, August 09, 2011
Sibelius in his time was seen as a nationalist along the lines of Grieg, but we now hear his music as radical and astonishingly prescient.
Tuesday, August 02, 2011
Stravinsky’s completely original instrumentation and rhythms, and his use of dissonance, have made this work one of the most important of the 20th century. Hear how it happened, tonight at 10 pm.