Nadia Sirota : April 2012

On Language

Monday, April 30, 2012

One of the more provocative concepts introduced to me by a music teacher in my youth had to do with the Hungarian language and accent patterns in the music of Bartok. This week we consider whether a composer's spoken language affects his/her musical language.

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From Massive to Miniscule

Monday, April 23, 2012

This week we'll make our way through some stunning organ works, focusing on its ability to produce sounds massive and miniscule. There will be Messiaen, obviously, but also David Lang and Nico Muhly and a ton of surprises. Tune in and crank up the subs for the earth-shaking organ!

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A Massive Can of Worms

Monday, April 16, 2012

How do we get pieces which translate so beautifully from stage to audience member to translate as comprehensibly to the intimacy of recorded media? This week, I play pieces that are not only musically well-suited to the radio, but are recorded in a way that suits the format as well.

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Memory Pieces

Monday, April 09, 2012

Nothing brings to relief the joy of life more clearly that loosing a loved one. This is one of the hardest lessons of being human, and, not surprisingly, a rich ground for creative material. If you think about it, the Classical tradition, such as it is, has everything to do with revering the dead. We deify composers posthumously, lauding everything they have created in an ecstatic, ongoing memorial.

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