Part of Classical 105.9 WQXR, Q2 Music is a listener-supported, New York-based online station devoted to the music of living composers; a home for immersive festivals, live webcasts and on-demand concerts from today’s leading new-music performers and venues.

Recently in Q2 Music

Two Takes on the Music of Multi-Instrumentalist Caleb Burhans

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

On Tuesday, June 18 at 8 pm, Q2 Music streams an adrenalized double bill of new-music powerhouse Alarm Will Sound and the music of composer Caleb Burhans, and the lyrical, ambient electronic duo, itsnotyouitsme, consisting of Burhans and guitarist Grey McMurray.

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Daniel Wohl 'Corps Exquis' Marries the Electronic and Acoustic

Monday, June 17, 2013

On "Corps Exquis," composer Daniel Wohl's first full-length album, electronic and acoustic elements are brought together to construct a haunting, stylish sonic world. Stream the album in full this week only.

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From Brooklyn to Europe and Back Again

Monday, June 17, 2013

Electro-acoustic tracks from Daniel Wohl’s new album "Corps Exquis" are sprinkled between concertos by Penderecki and Holmboe on this week’s episode of The New Canon.

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When The Piano Isn't Enough...

Monday, June 17, 2013

Late in his life, the famed Italian pianist and composer Ferruccio Busoni felt so straightjacketed by the tonal system that he said one of the only viable method of escape was the invention of new sounds through electronic instruments.

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The Brothers Balliett Talk to Eric Nathan

Thursday, June 13, 2013

This week the Brothers kick off a new series that invites composers to play and discuss their own music, and help to curate the rest of the show. The inaugural guest in this new series is 2013 Rome Prize-winner and Chelsea Music Festival composer-in-residence Eric Nathan.

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Music Boxes, Toys and Found Sounds with Angélica Negrón

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Combining found sounds and toy instruments with electronics and orchestral instruments, Angélica Negrón's compositions a sound both futuristic and nostalgic. Take a video tour of her apartment in Greenpoint, Brooklyn.

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Deerhoof's Bite-Sized, Mullet-Grabbing Mixtape

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Over the course of a 12-album career, Deerhoof has proven itself one of independent rock's most consistently inventive and eclectic ensembles. For their Mixtape, each member contributes 15 minutes of their favorite classical music.

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Listen: Juilliard Musicians Go Finnish with a Flourish

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

On March 28, the Juilliard School's new-music ensemble, AXIOM, partnered with members of the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki to present a concert highlighting music of American and Finnish origin. Led by conductor Susanna Mälkki, music director of the Ensemble Intercontemporain, the concert was part of an exchange program that will also send Juilliard musicians to Helsinki this August. 

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Fred Lerdahl's Mania for Order

Monday, June 10, 2013

On its surface, the history of modern classical music is about chaos and an explosion of style. But one of the strongest through-lines of the past century has been a mania for order. Volume 4 of Bridge Records's "The Music of Fred Lerdahl" is a case in point.

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Spirals

Monday, June 10, 2013

On this week’s episode of The New Canon, we listen to playful and thoughtfully-constructed works by Fred Lerdahl, Dmitri Tymoczko and George Tsontakis.

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Born from Silence

Monday, June 10, 2013

What is it about the opening measures of Ludwig van Beethoven's Fifth Symphony, or Igor Stravinsky's The Rite of Spring that generates such intense musical magnetism? This week on Hammered! we explore how the starts of pieces impact the music that follows. 

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46 Different Recordings of The Rite of Spring in 3 Minutes

Monday, June 10, 2013

From 46 different recordings, Q2 Music presents the iconic “Augurs of Spring” performed by as many ensembles and soloists as could be squeezed into 3 minutes.

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Krazy Koncertos

Thursday, June 06, 2013

Two samples from America and two from Europe are on the roster this week as The Brothers Balliett investigate that most wily of musical forms—the chamber concerto. Featuring music of Charles Wuorinen, Brian Ferneyhough, Ezra Sims and Beat Furrer. Listen at 3 pm.

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Captivating Sound Worlds with Daniel Wohl

Wednesday, June 05, 2013

Electroacoustic composer Daniel Wohl has collaborated with a growing roster of ensembles including So Percussion, Eighth Blackbird the ensemble TRANSIT, with whom he'll release the forthcoming record "Corpus" later this month. Hear his Mixtape Wednesday at 3 pm.

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Boston Modern Orchestra Project Spotlights Unjustly Neglected Composer

Monday, June 03, 2013

The latest entry in BMOP's mile-long discography: the Symphony and Violin Concerto of Martin Boykan. Listen to the full album stream.

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The New Old Guard

Monday, June 03, 2013

This week's episode of The New Canon features new composer portraits of the late Elliott Carter and German-born, American composer Ursula Mamlok. We also hear from the Boston Modern Orchestra Project's new album of works by Martin Boykan. Listen today at 3 pm.

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Hosting a New-Music Cliburn Competition

Monday, June 03, 2013

The Van Cliburn International Piano Competition is one of the most prestigious competitions in the world. But it must be asked: can someone play something—ANYTHING?—after, like, maybe 1910!?

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Early Music...Again??

Thursday, May 30, 2013

The sonic possibilities of historic instruments are indeed immeasurable. Today's composers have recently realized this—and with this realization came an entire orchestra of new sound colors. Today's Brothers Balliett episode tackles early instruments in modern music and the art of the new-music remix.

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George Steel and Phil Kline Indulge Stravinsky Obsession

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Conductor and New York City Opera general manager George Steel joins host Phil Kline for an in-depth look into the feverish, multifaceted innovations of Stravinsky's Rite of Spring. Hear this interview at 8 am and 8 pm on Q2 Music. 

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Top 10 Essential Rite of Spring Recordings

Monday, May 27, 2013

Recordings of The Rite of Spring began appearing shortly after the advent of the electronic microphone and continue to today. Phil Kline talks about his Top 10 Rite favorites. 

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