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Video: 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 ...

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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 contribut...

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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. ...

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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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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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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 ...

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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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Hosting a New-Music Cliburn Competition

Monday, June 03, 2013

The Van Cliburn International Piano Competition is one of the most prestigious competitions in the world. But it must be asked: can someone play something—ANYTHING?—after, like, maybe 1910!?

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The New Old Guard

Monday, June 03, 2013

This week's episode of The New Canon features new composer portraits of the late Elliott Carter and German-born, American composer Ursula Mamlok. We also hear from the Boston Modern O...

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Early Music...Again??

Thursday, May 30, 2013

The sonic possibilities of historic instruments are indeed immeasurable. Today's composers have recently realized this—and with this realization came an entire orchestra of new sound ...

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George Steel and Phil Kline Indulge Stravinsky Obsession

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Conductor and New York City Opera general manager George Steel joins host Phil Kline for an in-depth look into the feverish, multifaceted innovations of Stravinsky's Rite of Spring. H...

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Top 10 Essential Rite of Spring Recordings

Monday, May 27, 2013

Recordings of The Rite of Spring began appearing shortly after the advent of the electronic microphone and continue to today. Phil Kline talks about his Top 10 Rite favorites. 

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The Many Musical Caps of Igor Stravinsky

Monday, May 27, 2013

Igor Stravinsky's Rite of Spring turns 100 on Wednesday! Was there a bolder, more influential work in the 20th century? On the days surrounding Q2 Music's Rite Of Spring Fever, Hammer...

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Mapping the Vast Unknown

Monday, May 27, 2013

This week's episode of the New Canon features world premiere recordings of Alexander Raskatov as performed by the Hilliard Ensemble and Giacinto Scelsi as performed by violinist Weipi...

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The First Time I Heard The Rite of Spring

Friday, May 24, 2013

Listen to some of today's leading composers and musicians as well as your favorite NY Public Radio hosts weigh in on the first time they heard The Rite of Spring, as part of Q2 Music'...

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State of the Woodwind Quintet

Thursday, May 23, 2013

How does a composer approach writing a piece for five instruments that are so different in sound production that creating a perfectly blended sound is almost an impossible task? This ...

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Vote: Your Favorite Rite of Spring Recordings

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

On May 29, Q2 Music will do something it's never done before: play one piece in contrasting interpretations for an entire 24-hour period. Vote now for your favorite recordings of Stra...

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