'Hi, I'm Nico Muhly...'

Nico Muhly Provides Personalized Introductions to his Key Works

Friday, June 17, 2011

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

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Comments [4]

How utterly cool is it to have Nico Muhly guest hosting at Q2???

Jun. 20 2011 07:46 AM
rebecca robarts from Boston MA

This will be great. A 5 day festival leading up to the premiere of the opera at the ENO!...So good that Q2 is making this a major event. Looking forward to it.

Jun. 19 2011 09:55 AM

@Michael, You're welcome and we're glad you're enjoying. During ENO Does Nico, we'll be streaming all the music of Nico's fit to stream. You'll hear his introductions and well as his thoughts on his musical influences from Louis Andriessen to David Lang to William Byrd.

Jun. 18 2011 05:42 PM
Michael from St. Paul, MN

This is really wonderful, thank you for piecing this together for us to enjoy.

Will you be streaming any of his music on Q2 during ENO does Nico?

Jun. 18 2011 11:33 AM

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