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.

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Music For A Summer Evening

Monday, June 24, 2013

Nothing accompanies a sweated-through T-shirt and an oppressively humid summer evening like George Crumb, right? Get your dog day's musical antidote all week on Hammered! with summertime music not written by George Gershwin.

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On Chaos

Monday, June 24, 2013

This week's episode of The New Canon is all about chaos, and an attempt to find order within chaos, as we check out new recordings from So Percussion, the Eclipse Quartet, Yungchen Lhamo and Anton Batagov.

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Music for Percussion and the Manhattan Bridge

Friday, June 21, 2013

Today at 6:30 pm, join Q2 Music and NPR Music for the world premiere of Archway, a work for So Percussion and multimedia artist Eli Keszler. The event is free and open to the public.

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State of the String Quartet

Thursday, June 20, 2013

One of the best things about hosting a new-music radio show is the implied permission to blow a lot of one's own money on tons of new CDs. This week's show is built entirely from new additions to our ever-growing library, and includes music by Harbison, Wuorinen and Haladyna.

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Steven Mackey's Music for Sleepless Nights

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

The music of Grammy-winning composer and guitarist Steven Mackey has been performed by an extensive roster of orchestral and chamber groups. His Mixtape features selections to get you through sleepless nights.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 and Eighth Blackbird.

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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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