Obsessive Choral with Nico Muhly

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Composer, pianist and erstwhile boy soprano Nico Muhly has been a part of Q2's musical family since the beginning. Despite his tender age of 29, he's just released two new Decca CDs, including one ("A Good Understanding") devoted to his recent choral works, and we thought now would be the time to explore the passion for choral music that underpins his creativity. Muhly visited the studio to take us back to his earlier days as a chorister and share some of his choral obsessions from past centuries. Here's what he has to say:

"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."

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