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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

Outright Blinged-Out New Music from The Brothers

Thursday, May 16, 2013

What is the blingiest thing going on in new music? This week, The Brothers take an opportunity to look at some of the most glittering, exciting, unusual, and outright blinged-out music on the market. Listen Thursday at 3 pm.

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Eighth Blackbird's Rough-and-Ready Free-for-All

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Grammy-winning ensemble Eighth Blackbird keeps a busy concert schedule, including premieres from Aaron Jay Kernis, Bryce Dessner and Steve Mackey in 2013 alone. Listen to their "free-for-all" Mixtape.

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On-Demand Video: An Evening with Nico Muhly and Two Boys

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

On May 14, Q2 Music and NPR Music presented a live video webcast previewing the American debut of composer Nico Muhly's opera Two Boys. The evening also included performances by songwriter Sam Amidon, violist Nadia Sirota and violinists Angela and Jennifer Chun. Watch the whole show.

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Rite of Spring Fever: A Q2 Music Centennial Marathon

Monday, May 13, 2013

On Wednesday, May 29, in celebration of the 100th anniversary of the infamous premiere of The Rite of Spring, Q2 Music presents Rite of Spring Fever—a 24-hour marathon of contrasting interpretations of Stravinsky's masterpiece.

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Your First Time and Subsequent Obsession with The Rite of Spring

Monday, May 13, 2013

Composer Phil Kline has thought about The Rite of Spring "at least once every day since he first heard it at the age of four." When did you first hear it? What did you think? Do you have a favorite version? Let us know.

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Discover Ireland's Electronic and Electroacoustic Music

Monday, May 13, 2013

"On the Nature of Electricity & Acoustics" offers a compelling glimpse into two strands of modern Irish music. Stream the full compilation this week.

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The Rite of Spring Goes Solo

Monday, May 13, 2013

On Wednesday, pianist Vicky Chow celebrated the centennial of the premiere of Stravinsky's The Rite of Spring with a live performance from The Greene Space. Watch the full event.

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Pierre-Laurent Aimard's Contrapuntal World

Monday, May 13, 2013

Few pianists have impacted contemporary music more profoundly than the Frenchman Pierre-Laurent Aimard. Hear his insights and performances of Ives, Ligeti and Messiaen all week on Hammered!

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Distant Proximity

Monday, May 13, 2013

This week’s episode of The New Canon features Wolfgang Rihm’s musical meditations on the symphonies of Brahms, and electro-acoustic music from Ireland and Denmark.

 

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The Electric Guitar Show

Thursday, May 09, 2013

The electric guitar: symbol of rebellion, youth, and danger or legitimate color to be used in serious composition? Perhaps it's both. The Brothers Balliett takes a critical look at the myriad uses of this hundred-year-old instrument.

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Mark Dancigers with Music that Moves

Wednesday, May 08, 2013

Composer and electric guitarist Mark Dancigers is Artistic Director of the New York-based NOW Ensemble, for whom he's composed numerous chamber works. His Mixtape includes music by Paul Lansky, Jan Gabarek as well as fellow composer-guitarist Steven Mackey. Listen at 3 pm.

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Gavin Bryars's Underground Sanctuaries of Ambient Sound

Tuesday, May 07, 2013

English composer and bassist has achieved sonically rich musical results in works like The Sinking of the Titanic and Jesus' Blood Never Failed Me Yet. Read an appreciation of the composer's work.

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Share Your Favorite Q2 Music Discoveries

Monday, May 06, 2013

Help program Q2 Music's upcoming pledge drive by calling in with favorite pieces/composers discovered while streaming Q2 Music. Your message and selections will then be played beginning Wednesday, May 14. 

The Brutal, Unprecedented Music of Galina Ustvolskaya

Monday, May 06, 2013

Years after her death, the West is still discovering "Shostakovich student Galina Ustvolskaya." Sample her relentless, mysterious sound with Ivan Sokolov's recording of her complete piano music.

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I Want to Live

Monday, May 06, 2013

This week’s episode features works recordings from women’s choir The Crossing, the Molinari String Quartet, and pianist Ivan Sokolov playing Galina Ustvolskaya.

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In Their Own Words

Monday, May 06, 2013

When in doubt return to the source, especially when that source is Elliott Carter, David Lang, or other informed, articulate and engaging promoters of their own music. This week on the program we let the artists do the talking.

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Summing up Crossing Brooklyn Ferry

Friday, May 03, 2013

Curated by Bryce Dessner and Aaron Dessner of The National, last weekend's Crossing Brooklyn Ferry included performers from the new-music community alongside bona fide art-rock stars like TV on the Radio. Listen to interview clips from the festival.

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Paging Dr. Feldman, Dr. Morton Feldman

Thursday, May 02, 2013

On the fence about American composer Morton Feldman? Let the Brothers Balliett make you a fan with this week's episode featuring quintessential Feldman works. Listen today at 3 pm.

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Olga Bell with Music that Challenges

Wednesday, May 01, 2013

Composer, vocalist and multi-instrumentalist Olga Bell has collaborated with Osvaldo Golijov, Philip Glass and the hip hop group Das Racist. She also sings and plays keyboard with Dirty Projectors. Listen to her Mixtape.

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Listen: Chinary Ung's 70th Birthday Concert

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

On Tuesday, April 30 at 8 pm, Q2 Music streams Chinary Ung's 70th Birthday Concert performed by the New York New Music Ensemble and featuring the New York premiere of Aura along with several chamber works.

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