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The Pleasure (Notes From the Road)

Monday, August 13, 2012

When faced with a particularly lovely set of circumstances, say an amazing meal in an amazing place, a close friend of mine is wont to exclaim, "I have The Pleasure. " This is a pleasure not in transition, it's an instant, almost a location of total contentedness. Sometimes you are able to kind of back up and notice loveliness.

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Family Trees

Monday, August 13, 2012

Did you know that Stephen Sondheim was a pupil of Milton Babbitt? Or that Cage studied with Schoenberg? This week we tease out the often unexpected musical relationships between some of the last century's greatest pedagogues and their students.

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The Epic and the Intimate

Monday, August 13, 2012

This week on The New Canon, we get up close and personal with Cornelius Dufallo's "Journaling," our current Q2 Music Album of the Week, and with new recordings of music by Ernst Krenek, Helmut Lachenmann, Poul Ruders and more. 

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Bruce Brubaker's Choice of the Unexpected

Wednesday, August 08, 2012

On Wednesday at 3 pm, new-music pianist Bruce Brubaker offers an hour of music ranging from Meredith Monk to Missy Mazzoli to Django Reinhardt's Quintette du Hot Club de France.

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The Propulsive Post-Minimalism of Michael Torke

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. 

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A Few Irrelevant Questions

Monday, August 06, 2012

Last week we talked a little about jockishness in music, while sort of casually mentioning beauty. Maybe this topic is too nuts/obvious/irksome, but what are the categorical elements of composition? In addition to the sports of performing difficult material and gut-wrenching beauty, what are the constituents of a plush musical idea?

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Estonian Echoes and Visual Sounds

Monday, August 06, 2012

This week on The New Canon, catch some breezes from Estonia with new recordings by native bassoonist Martin Kuuskmann and composer Arvo Pärt. The latter's new album, Pilgrim's Song, is this week's Q2 Music Album of the Week.

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The Humanity of Pärt's 'Pilgrim's Song'

Monday, August 06, 2012

Listen to the new all-Pärt disc by Estonia's Voces Musicales all this week. Selections range from Sol LeWitt–like spareness of Summa to the sweetness and pathos of Magnificat to the darker, denser textures of the title track.

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Returning To The Source

Monday, August 06, 2012

This week on Hammered! we hear Schoenberg's five incomparable piano works alongside the music of composers he may – or may not – have impacted.

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Ingram Marshall: Quiet Music for a New England Summer

Wednesday, August 01, 2012

The composer Ingram Marshall writes otherworldly soundscapes that defy easy categorization and often incorporate elements of Indonesian Gamelan. Listen to his Mixtape on Thursday at 7 pm.

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Participate: Phil Kline's dreamcitynine

Monday, July 30, 2012

Tonight at 6:30 pm, Q2 Music joins forces with 60 percussionists arrayed around Lincoln Center's Josie Robertson Plaza for a live performance of dreamcitynine.

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Stainless Staining: The Music of Donnacha Dennehy

Monday, July 30, 2012

The final entry of pianist Lisa Moore’s three-part EP series may be its most listenable. Featuring the music of Donnacha Dennehy, it offers Moore the opportunity to display every angle of her versatile chops.

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Be Part of a World Premiere: Phil Kline's dreamcitynine

Monday, July 30, 2012

On Friday at 6:30 pm, 60 percussionists will disperse across Lincoln Center Plaza perform a live version of Phil Kline's GPS-based homage to John Cage's Indeterminacy. Join Q2 Music and participate. Here's how.

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Radiolab Conducts the Choral Color Experiment

Monday, July 30, 2012

When WNYC's science-and-wonder show Radiolab was working on a program about colors, it needed an aural representation of the rainbow. Enjoy a behind-the-scenes look at how it came together.

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Nothing But New Newer Newest

Monday, July 30, 2012

Part of listening to contemporary music these days is exploring the musical tributaries resulting from a single body of music, tracing lines of influence to larger, more expansive pools and discovering unexplored oases along the way. This week we consider the new and unfamiliar, offering keyboard music never before heard on Q2 Music by known and yet-known composers alike. 

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Eastern Tides

Monday, July 30, 2012

This week on the New Canon, we look at our current album of the week, a two-track EP by pianist Lisa Moore and composer Donnacha Dennehy called Stainless Staining. We'll also hear some new releases and historic reissues with an Eastern European flair.

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Amazing Physical and Mental Feats

Monday, July 30, 2012

Over the past few days, my obsessive Olympics-watching has been mostly gymnastics-focused. Watching these young human people execute the virtually impossible in an extremely high-pressure situation is RIVETING. I think there's DEFINITELY some element of this in our love of virtuosi. 

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Involuntary Songs with Bill Bragin

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Declared “one of the most influential figures in the New York live-music business” by The New York Times, Bill Bragin is the director of public programming at Lincoln Center. Wednesday at 3 pm, Bragin presents a playlist that runs from contemporary classical to world music, post-rock and beyond.

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The Inestimable and Visionary Impact of Chou Wen-chung

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.

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Greetings from Camp

Monday, July 23, 2012

I was so excited when Alarm Will Sound asked me to sub with them in Missouri for two weeks for their annual Mizzou New Music Summer Festival. In grand summer camp tradition, we have the crazy luxury of rehearsing together for six or seven hours a day for two weeks.

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