Obsessive Choral with Nico Muhly

Obsessive Choral with Nico Muhly: Weekdays at 7:00 pm, Starting Monday, September 13, 2010

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.

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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.

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Extreme Simplicity and Extreme Complexity

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.

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Howells and Stanford

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

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Purcell, Blow and Contemporaries

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.

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A Good Understanding

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

In conjunction with Obsessive Choral with Nico Muhly, Q2 is pleased to offer a free, limited-time download of the title track from Nico Muhly's new choral album, "A Good Understanding." This track, courtesy of Decca Records, will be available through Sunday, September 19.

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Tudor and Jacobian Music

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.

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