Ever-Expanding Access into the Minds of Today's Most Brilliant, Colorful and Idiosyncratic Composers
We here at Q2 Music will always strive to bring you the best and brightest in new-music. But now we are beginning to explore the spaces between the music. You will now be able to hear the voices of the composers themselves as they provide exclusive, concise introductions to subsequent music.
Q2 Music affirms its commitment to enshrining the insights and wisdom of today's composers. We will archive these introductions online and continue to add more composers to the mix both in-stream and online. Check back as we look to add more of your favorite composers to this page!
John Luther Adams | Timothy Andres | Mason Bates | Derek Bermel | Tyondai Braxton | Martin Bresnick | Gavin Bryars | Caleb Burhans | Elliott Carter | Chou Wen-chung | Jacob Cooper | John Corigliano | Sebastian Currier | David Del Tredici | Avner Dorman | Osvaldo Golijov | Michael Gordon | Judd Greenstein | JacobTV | Scott Johnson | Aaron Jay Kernis | Phil Kline | David Lang | Lowell Liebermann | Ingram Marshall | Missy Mazzoli | Meredith Monk | Paul Moravec | Nico Muhly | Angélica Negrón | Per Nørgård | Paola Prestini | Steve Reich | Poul Ruders | Esa-Pekka Salonen | Morton Subotnick | Michael Torke | Peteris Vasks
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Monday, July 21, 2014
While the music of Kaija Saariaho, Magnus Lindberg and Esa-Pekka Salonen has become quite familiar to American audiences in recent years, that of their important predecessor Per Nørgård has remained offshore. Join Phil Kline this week from 11 am to 1 pm on Q2 Music for a look at the Scandinavian symphonist.
Saturday, July 20, 2013
Caleb Burhans clearly has a sense of purpose. As a founding member of various performer collectives like Alarm Will Sound and Newspeak – and with his contributions as a composer to several projects on the New Amsterdam and Cantaloupe labels – any casual observer might easily be able to identify the string-player/vocalist as an important part of the contemporary classical scene in New York.
Tuesday, July 16, 2013
April 14, 2014, composer John Luther Adams was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Music for his most recent orchestral composition "Become Ocean." Listen to the composer introduce his music and join us today at 4 pm for an hour of celebration.
Tuesday, May 07, 2013
English composer and bassist has achieved sonically rich musical results in works like The Sinking of the Titanic and Jesus' Blood Never Failed Me Yet. Read an appreciation of the composer's work.
Monday, April 29, 2013
While never fully breaking from the expressive language developed by Mahler and his 20th-Century heirs, Corigliano develops it to often harrowing extremes. Read a profile of the celebrated American composer and listen to him introduce his music.
Wednesday, April 03, 2013
Poul Ruders’s diverse body of compositions is tied together by his smooth absorption of many styles and modes. Read a full profile on the Danish composer, featured on this weekend's CONTACT! performance with The New York Philharmonic, and listen to him introduce his music.
Monday, February 25, 2013
Given his Yale teaching post and the number of composers he has mentored there, Martin Bresnick may wind up being remembered as the Nadia Boulanger of the late 20th-century American scene: a rite of compositional passage embodied in a single instructor.
Wednesday, February 06, 2013
Avner Dorman is a composer of musical spices, perfumes and toxins in a figurative sense. His music is piquant — vivid, present, spicy. Read a profile of the Israeli-born composer and hear him introduce many of his key works.
Monday, January 14, 2013
Now that Elliott Carter has passed, we might well bestow the title of “world’s most impressive late-blooming composer” onto the shoulders of Esa-Pekka Salonen. Read a full portrait of the Finnish composer-conductor and listen to him introduce many of his key works.
Tuesday, November 06, 2012
Charles Ives wrote him a letter of recommendation to Harvard. He attended the New York premiere of The Rite of Spring. Decades later, Stravinsky himself would proclaim that he had written the first American masterpiece.
Monday, October 01, 2012
Heinz Karl Gruber (or HK Gruber, depending on your program) isn’t afraid of being called silly. One of the Austrian composer’s most notorious pieces, Frankenstein!! (yes, with two exclamation points), is formally described as a “pan-demonium,” and takes as its text some would-be Austrian children’s rhymes penned by an absurdist-minded pal of Gruber’s.
Thursday, September 20, 2012
The tradition of the star performer-composer is as old as classical music itself — Beethoven on the piano, Paganini on the violin. But Mason Bates isn't a virtuoso of the organ or the lute. The role of the performer and the role of the composer have changed: Bates's instrument is the laptop.
Tuesday, August 14, 2012
Jacob ter Veldhuis, the Dutch composer better known as JacobTV, comes as close to pop art as classical music is ever likely to get. Borrowing the "speech-melody" technique of Scott Johnson and Steve Reich, he loops sampled conversation to form the basis for his music.
Monday, August 06, 2012
A decade or two before post-minimalism became the lingua franca of emerging American composers, the young Michael Torke was already building his career on it. Learn more about Torke and listen to the composer himself introduce many of his key works.
Tuesday, July 24, 2012
Tan Dun's teacher, student of Edgard Varèse, Chou Wen-chung stands at the intersection of Asian and European traditions, of old and new logics for cross-cultural listening.
Thursday, July 05, 2012
For a newcomer to Terry Riley, In C is where to begin, with its 53 melodic fragments passed back and forth between whatever instruments may have been assembled, and which are paced against the constant pulse of a piano’s top two Cs.
Friday, June 08, 2012
From time in the serialist trenches of academia to a position in the front ranks of the neoromantic movement, David Del Tredici has played a surfeit of roles over the last half-century. Read Seth Colter Walls's portrait, and listen to the composer introduce his works.
Tuesday, May 22, 2012
It will be hard to keep Latvian composer Peteris Vasks's passionate, yearning, eminently accessible music secret here much longer. Read Daniel Stephen Johnson's portrait and listen to the composer introduce his own music.
Tuesday, May 01, 2012
In recent decades, American composer David Lang has been best known as a founding member of the Bang On A Can collective – something of an activist-spirited composer/performer/educator outfit based in New York.
Saturday, April 28, 2012
There's hardly a DJ alive who hasn't slowed a vocal down, or sped it up, to fit another beat, while keeping it in the same key. This landscape is the place where composer Jacob Cooper calls home.