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Joining us from the BBC studios in London in advance of the world premiere of Two Boys, Nico Muhly also takes time to conduct us through a tour of the kaleidoscopic influences behind his already prodigious catalog. 

From his musical awakenings as a boy chorister singing English verse anthems to throwing together dinners for close friends to the tone rows of Webern's Op. 24, all manner of inspiration, both timeless and contemporary, sacred and secular, finds expression in his music. Through the ensemble of these exclusive introductions, we begin to appreciate the complexity of a compositional voice that is searching to define itself as both uncompromisingly modern and distinctive but also steeped in tradition and indebted to such elder statesmen as Steve Reich, John Corigliano, Philip Glass, David Lang, Christopher Rouse and David Rakowski.

Hear these introductions preceding the piece in question in Olivia Giovetti's interview with Nico Muhly Monday at noon and throughout the entire five-day festival, ENO Does Nico, beginning Monday, June 20.


A Good Understanding (2005)
SATB, trebles, percussion, organ


A Hudson Cycle (2005)
piano


Bright Mass with Canons (2005)
SSAATTBB, organ


By All Means (2004)
chamber orchestra


Clear Music (2003)
cello, harp, celeste


Detailed Instructions (2010)
symphony orchestra


Drones and Piano (2010)
piano and tape


Duet No. 1, "Chorale Pointing Downwards" (2003)
viola and cello


Etude 1 and Etude 1A (2009)
viola and tape


Expecting the Main Things from You (2005)
SATB, string quartet, percussion, organ


Fire Down Below (from I Drink the Air Before Me) (2009)
small ensemble


First Service (2004)
choir


Flexible Music (2003)
marimba, saxophone, piano, guitar


Honest Music (2002)
violin and pre-recorded CD


How About Now (2006)
flute, clarinet, electric guitar, piano, bass


It Goes Without Saying (2005)
clarinet and tape


Joshua (2007)
film soundtrack


Keep in Touch (2005)
viola and tape


Motion (2009)
clarinet, string quartet, piano


Mothertongue (2008)
vocalist, electronics, small ensemble


Music Under Pressure (from I Drink the Air Before Me) (2009)
small ensemble


One Day Tells its Tale to Another (from I Drink the Air Before Me) (2009)
trebles, small ensemble, tape


The Only Tune (2008)
small ensemble


Pillaging Music (2005)
percussion, piano, celeste, tape


Quiet Music (2007)
piano


The Reader (2008)
film soundtrack


Seeing is Believing (2007)
solo electric six-string violin and chamber orchestra


Senex Puerum Portabat (2008)
choir


Step Team (2008)
symphony orchestra


The Storm Center (from I Drink the Air Before Me) (2009)
small ensemble


Varied Carols (from I Drink the Air Before Me) (2009)
small ensemble


Wonders (2008)
small ensemble