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The Holy Trinity of Contemporary Polish Music

Monday, January 16, 2012

For the first of two curated sets during Muzyka Nowa, Polish composer and electronic musician Jakub Ciupinski joins us to explore the holy trinity of 20th Century Polish New-Music -- Krzyztof Penderecki, Witold Lutoslawski, and Henryk Mikołaj Górecki.

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But First, A Mazurka...

Monday, January 16, 2012

Despite the immense stylistic variety of Polish music from the last fifty years, many of these works demonstrate a keen sense of historical context, nodding appreciatively through the centuries. Tune in for the piano course to this week's Muzyka Nowa smorgasbord and explore the keyboard music of Polish modernism. In context.

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Titans of Polish Music: Past, Present, and Future

Monday, January 16, 2012

It may sound kind of obvious, but one of the perks of working at this station is constantly being exposed to new music. This week, we are celebrating Polish music from the past 50 years or so, and I’m happy to say that aside from the heavy hitters (cough, PendereckiGórecki, cough) this music is basically all completely new to me! Not just new, but both awesome AND new.

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The Madness Behind the Scenes

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Composers find their inspiration in pretty much anything—from an architectural shape to subway noise. Join us on Cued Up this Sunday at 2 pm to hear Gavin Bryars, Jacob T.V., Nico Muhly, and more share the madness "behind the scenes" of their creative processes.

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Dual Nature with Rachel Barton Pine and Mohammed Fairouz

Friday, January 13, 2012

On Friday at 1 pm, The New Canon asks composer Mohammed Fairouz and violinist Rachel Barton Pine why two is the happiest number in the music world.

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In a Landscape

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Each Thursday at 7 pm this winter, stream Q2 Music for weekly Webcasts of new-music shows as recorded live at premiere venues around New York City. This week's concert features pieces by Elliott Carter, Colin Jacobsen, John Cage, and more peformed live at the Chelsea Art Museum.

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Composers Speak Out!

Monday, January 09, 2012

This is a really special week on the show. While I know you’ve become accustomed to my riffs on the providence of music written by people who are still alive, this week we get to hear about everything – from inspiration to circumstance to execution – right from the mouths of the creators. That’s right, this week I’ll be joined by a dozen or so composers who will guide us through the lion’s share of this week's programming.

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Tuned to a New Frequency

Monday, January 09, 2012

New-music junkies thrive on hearing new sounds, on experiencing novel, sonic worlds. Really, is there anything more exciting than listening to a piece for the first time?

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The Art of Intimacy

Sunday, January 08, 2012

Chamber music carries a unique charm that's not always as easily experienced while listening to a large-scale orchestral work. The intimate setting of performance creates a close bond between performers and the listener. This week on Cued Up we'll keep warm from the cold winter weather with compelling chamber music by an assortment of contemporary composers. 

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Find the Fourth Way with the Gurdjieff Folk Instruments Ensemble

Saturday, January 07, 2012

Make listening to the Music of Georges I. Gurdjieff one of your resolutions for 2012. Read on for more about this enlightened disc and to snag a free download this week only of Armenian Song.

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Harp and Altar with Bridget Kibbey

Friday, January 06, 2012

This Friday at 1 pm, The New Canon talks about the mysteries of the harp, asking harpist Bridget Kibbey and composer Kati Agócs how an ancient instrument thrives in a modern context.

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Digging Deep

Thursday, January 05, 2012

Each Thursday at 7 pm this winter, stream Q2 Music for weekly Webcasts of new-music shows as recorded live at premiere venues around New York City. This week's concert is taken from the first evening of the 10th Anniversary Celebration of the annual Look & Listen Festival.

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Ask And Ye Shall Receive

Monday, January 02, 2012

You might think that your thoughtful criticisms and carefully considered suggests are simply lost in cyber ether upon clicking submit, but we actually heed and thrive on your comments. So, this week on Hammered!, you're the programmers!

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Welcome to The Future!

Monday, January 02, 2012

Hey there, 2012, you’re looking mighty fine! Every time I cross the threshold of a new year, I cannot help but think of it as a mild miracle of time travel. Remember the first time, in grade school, a classmate bid you farewell for the weekend with the remark “see you next year?” It was mind-blowing!

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When the Clock Strikes '12

Friday, December 30, 2011

The New Canon takes a break from its weekly live chat and listening party in observance of the holidays, but rings in the New Year with a glimpse of what's in store for 2012.

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Results of Q2 Music's Inaugural New-Music Countdown

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Taking a cue from the WQXR Classical Countdown, Q2 Music asked listeners to vote for their favorite pieces of classical music composed in the 20th and 21st centuries. See what made the cut.

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Moody Manipulation and Snowy Sentiment fill 'Sólaris'

Thursday, December 29, 2011

With winter officially here, there's no better time than to slip into Ben Frost and Daníel Bjarnason's imagined score for Andrey Tarkovsky's haunting film Solaris. Read on for more information and to snag a free download, this week only, of "Reyja."

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One-Day-Only, Miniature, Year-End Pledge Drive

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

TEN! NINE! EIGHT! SEVEN! SIX! Wait wait!! We’re not quite there yet!! We still have a few precious moments left of 2011, and even more pertinently, just a few more days left until the twenty eleven charitable donations deadline!! What better way to sort out your 2011 taxes than to make a tax-deductible donation to your favorite locale on the internet for all things new and wonderful, Q2 Music!

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At The River

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

The third in a series of pieces having to do with Charles Ives and the tradition of musical Americana, At the River is an old-school piano “fantasy” on the American hymn "Shall we Gather at the River?."

 

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All That Glitters

Monday, December 26, 2011

This week, in celebration of some of the longest nights of the year, Q2 Music is exploring music about the stars, planets, celestial bodies and other glittery, wintry nighttime things.

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