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Unsilent Night 2012: On foot and Online

Saturday, December 15, 2012

This year you can participate in the moving sound sculpture that is Phil Kline's Unsilent Night by simply streaming Q2 Music. The electronic caroling party begins Saturday at 7 pm.

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Oliver Knussen Strikes Cadences of Memorial and Elegy

Friday, December 14, 2012

Oliver Knussen’s recently released album of eight short works that have never been recorded before is swathed in the cadences of memorial and elegy. Stream the entire album in full for this week only.

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On-Demand Audio: Christopher Taylor Plays Messiaen

Friday, December 14, 2012

Recorded live at the Metropolitan Museum of Art's Medieval Sculpture Hall, powerhouse pianist Christopher Taylor delivers a cogent account of Olivier Messiaen's complete Vingt Regards sur l’Enfant-Jésus.

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A Swiss Sojourn

Thursday, December 13, 2012

The Brothers Balliett revisit one of their favorite new music locations: Switzerland. This show is a thanks to all their Swiss buddies, and a reminder that Swiss composers are full of invention. Listen today at 3 pm.

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A Baroque Minimalism with Gregory Spears

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Composer Gregory Spears has collaborated with So Percussion, Eighth Blackbird and JACK quartet among others. His Mixtape illustrates his fascination with the parallels between early and contemporary music--a juxtaposition that appears frequently in his own music.

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The London Sinfonietta's New Music Show

Monday, December 10, 2012

"New Music Show" features the talents of five British-based composers with backgrounds as disparate as the London club scene, noise rock and installation art as well as so-called classical music.

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Writing the Future

Monday, December 10, 2012

This week on The New Canon, we hear new music from The London Sinfonietta's Writing the Music commissioning program, Kurt Rohde and the Left Coast Chamber Ensemble, and Erased Tapes artists Michael Price and Nils Frahm.

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Remembrance Of Things Past

Monday, December 10, 2012

This fall has seen the passing of William Duckworth, Elliott Carter and Jonathan Harvey, who died last week at age 73. This week we present the music, influences and echoes of these three compositional giants.

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Q2 Music's Second Annual New-Music Countdown

Friday, December 07, 2012

It's time for Q2 Music's second annual new-music countdown! Between now and Christmas Day, vote for your favorite classical music from the last 100 years and we'll bring the year to a close with your top choices during a marathon countdown.

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The Brothers Balliett Stockhausen Spectacular

Thursday, December 06, 2012

We've dedicated this week's show to an often-misunderstood figure from late 20th-century music - Karlheinz Stockhausen. Between the classic moment-to-moment drama of Kontakte to industrial jazz realizations of the Zodiac cycle, these selections will put good old Karlheinz in a whole new light. Today at 3 pm.

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Christopher Tignor's Portrait of a 20-Something Kid

Wednesday, December 05, 2012

Composer/violinist Christopher Tignor has worked with a healthy cross section of the new-music community, from Brooklyn Rider string quartet to the conductor-less string orchestra A Far Cry. He also leads the bands Slow Six and Wires Under Tension. Hear his mixtape today at 3 pm.

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A Terribly Beautiful, Cold Blue Anthology of New Music

Monday, December 03, 2012

Cold Blue Two presents 14 distinctive ways to make clear, "pretty" music, by composers including Harry Partch, John Luther Adams, Ingram Marshall and others.

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Musical Microcosms from Cold Blue

Monday, December 03, 2012

This week's episode of The New Canon features selections by John Luther Adams, Gavin Bryars and more from the Cold Blue label's chilling new compilation. We'll also hear new recordings of music by Warren Gooch, Rain Worthington and shakuhachi master James Nyoraku Schlefer.

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Celebrating Cage and Debussy

Monday, December 03, 2012

Two of arguably the most influential composers of the 20th century turned super old this year: John Cage and Claude Debussy . This week on Hammered! we pay homage to these modern musical titans.

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Can a Mouse Swallow a Dinosaur?

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Can a Mouse Swallow a Dinosaur? An extreme question, to be sure - but one that Italian composer Salvatore Sciarrino addresses in his solo-flute (!) arrangement of J.S. Bach's towering Toccata and Fugue in D-minor. Join the Brothers Balliett today at 3 pm.

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Steven Schick on New Noise and Old Friends

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

A founding member of the Bang on a Can All-Stars and red fish blue fish, percussionist Steven Schick is currently Artist in Residence with the International Contemporary Ensemble. For his Mixtape, he offers a listening list of pieces that changed his perception of music.

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The Long Overdue Reissue of Laurie Spiegel's 'Expanding Universe'

Monday, November 26, 2012

Composer Laurie Spiegel had something like a career year in 2012, at least so far as attention goes. Stream for this week only the reissue of her classic 1980 album, "The Expanding Universe."

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Sprouts, Complexity, and Transcendence

Monday, November 26, 2012

Beethoven’s influence cannot be measured. This week on Hammered! pianist-composer Michael Brown features his impact on different musical forms, the composer's revolutionary spirit, and transcendent late works.

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Sounds of Earth and Sky

Monday, November 26, 2012

This week's episode of The New Canon features new releases and recordings of music by Laurie Spiegel, Peter Eotvos, and Oliver Messiaen

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Michel van der Aa Wins 2013 Grawemeyer Award

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Dutch composer Michel van der Aa has won the 2013 Grawemeyer Award for Music Composition. He is the second consecutive Dutch composer to win the $100,000 prize.

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