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Who Exactly is Saying That A Mass Has to Have Words?

Thursday, March 26, 2015

More and more composers are retaining the old, beautiful, ritualistic form of the liturgical Mass, but jettisoning certain aspects to keep it fresh. Like, for instance, the words.

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National Recording Registry Adds Joan Tower's Fanfares for the Uncommon Woman

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Joan Tower's cheekily provocative responses to Aaron Copland are now preserved in the National Recording Registry.
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A Taste of San Francisco's Switchboard Music Festival

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

San Francisco's Switchboard Music Festival brings together an eclectic mix of mostly local new-music makers for one day each April. The curators offer a sneak listen of what to expect.

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Conductors and Critics on Contemporary Orchestral Music

Monday, March 23, 2015

When preparing to webcast 24 hours of orchestral music written in the 21st century, it is advisable to seek out expert opinions. Hear from conductors and critics on today's orchestra. 

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What I Talk About When I Talk About Tristan Perich

Monday, March 23, 2015

The music of Tristan Perich has always been almost as much about physicality as about sound. A Meehan/Perkins recording of his "Parallels" showcases ecstatic endurance and nuance.

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Listen: ETHEL, Kaki King and John King

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Saturday, March 21 ETHEL string quartet, guitarist Kaki King and composer John King came together at the Ecstatic Music Festival for an evening of collaboration.

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Wait, WHAT Instrument is That??

Thursday, March 19, 2015

This week, the Brothers Balliett listen to composers who use extended techniques and bizarre instruments to achieve new and unusual sounds.

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Listen: All-Star 80th Birthday Celebration for Terry Riley

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

March 18 at 7:30 pm, Q2 Music presented a live audio stream of Terry Riley's 80th Birthday Concert, live from the Ecstatic Music Festival. Listen to the entire show on demand.

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Kronos Quartet and Tanya Tagaq Tap Canadian Cool in 'Tundra Songs'

Monday, March 16, 2015

Thanks be to Björk: it was her collaboration with Tanya Tagaq that brought the singer from Nunavut, Canada the much-deserved attention of a worldwide musical audience. 

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Listen: AXIOM Performs Cage, Harrison and Nancarrow

Saturday, March 14, 2015

Ensemble AXIOM presented a program of John Cage, Lou Harrison and Conlon Nancarrow in a collaboration with pianist Han Chen and Juilliard's graduate resident quartet, the Aeolus Quartet.

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Listen: Strings of Ensemble LPR Premiere David Longstreth and Mica Levi

Friday, March 13, 2015

On March 11, Ensemble LPR gave two premieres, from David Longstreth and Mica Levi, alongside works by Claude Vivier and Iannis Xenakis at Le Poisson Rouge.

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Defacing the Romantics with David Kaplan

Thursday, March 12, 2015

This week, the Brothers Balliett are joined by pianist David Kaplan for a listen to modern musicians who scribble all over great Romantic chamber music with astounding results.

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Benjamin Hochman Reinvigorates a Familiar Theme in 'Variations'

Monday, March 09, 2015

The composers on "Variations," pianist Benjamin Hochman's new disc on the Avie label, are ideally suited to the form of Theme and Variations. Stream the album in full. 

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Formal Insanity

Thursday, March 05, 2015

What is the form of a symphony? Is it four movements: fast, slow, fast, fastest? This week, the Brothers Balliett  listen to composers redefining the rules of orchestral music.

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Listen: Julia Holter, Alex Temple and Spektral Quartet

Tuesday, March 03, 2015

Julia Holter and Chicago's Spektral Quartet recently appeared at the Ecstatic Music Festival to play music inspired by James Blake, Guillaume de Machaut and transformation.

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Symphomania: 24 Hours with the 21st-Century Orchestra

Monday, March 02, 2015

Join us all day today, March 28, for an encore presentation of Symphomania, a 24-hour marathon stream that offers a vision of orchestral music composed in or after the year 2000. 

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Jukka Linkola and Ville Matvejeff Draw Inspiration from Fairy Tales, Heavy Metal Heroics

Monday, March 02, 2015

A new release features two relative unknowns in Finnish contemporary music: Jukka Linkola and Ville Matvejeff. Hear why their music deserves broader recognition.

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Listen: Bang on a Can People's Commissioning Fund Concert

Thursday, February 26, 2015

On Feb. 26, the Bang on a Can All-Stars presented world premieres of new music by Wilco's Glenn Kotche, Jace Clayton (aka DJ/rupture) and Donnacha Dennehy. Listen to the entire concert.

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Listen: Jennifer Higdon's Civil Words World Premiere

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

February 9, American baritone Thomas Hampson delivered the world premiere of Jennifer Higdon's Civil Words, a song cycle set to texts from the American Civil War.

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Art Tatum to Luciano Berio with Carman Moore

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Carman Moore's "MADIBA," an orchestral piece inspired by Nelson Mandela, will receive its world premiere this Friday at Carnegie Hall. Hear his Mixtape Wednesday at 3 pm.

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