A Cause for Commission!

Celebrating A Shimmering Array of Musical Commissions

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Sunday, December 18, 2011

For young composers, getting commissioned is a momentous occasion that calls for celebration. 

Whether the composer is commissioned for a colleague’s flute recital or a full-on and fully-spotlit concerto for a major symphony orchestra, the idea of a “commission” puts the composer in a different mindset. The work is no longer the fruit of seemingly infinite hours of solitary work subject to recurring doubts and recriminations, but an ongoing collaboration between composer and performer. One can even venture further to say that for many composers, the first musical ideas emerge from knowing the performers as friends, musicians or just human beings.

This Sunday, we salute commissions and the performers and ensembles that have sought new music from adventurous composers. Join us at 2 p.m. as we celebrate commissioned works by Maria Schneider, Matthias Pintscher, Arvo Pärt, David Lang, Chris Kapica, and others.

Hosted by:

Gity Razaz

Comments [6]

Pejman from New York, NY

Great choices of commissioned music. It made me wonder as how the commissioner influences the creative process in a composer. And also think about the differences between a musician commissioning a piece to a composer versus a music patron (typically an art-loving rich person) making the commission.

Dec. 21 2011 02:53 PM
Sorena from NY

It's awesome, I really enjoy it.

Dec. 19 2011 12:28 AM
Parisa from Chicago

I very much enjoyed this week's program. A very interesting and important subject matter was brought up!

Dec. 18 2011 11:20 PM
Saba from New York

It was my first time being informed about this program and I enjoyed it very much. It was amazing.

Dec. 18 2011 09:33 PM
Bodie from New York, NY

Lovely show as always.

Dec. 18 2011 07:00 PM
Anton Goldberg from New York, NY

Thank you for yet another wonderful program! I look forward to next weeks!

Dec. 18 2011 01:09 AM

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