The Madness Behind the Scenes

Composers Share the Secrets Behind their Work

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Sunday, January 15, 2012

In this age of ultimate freedom in creating art, the inspiration and creative process for a piece of music can be often as fascinating as the end product. Composers these days find their inspiration in pretty much anything—from an architectural shape to subway noise, and while they might seem like shy creatures, most of them (including myself) love to share the madness "behind the scenes."

This week’s Cued Up features a handful of composers who will share their secrets, from disparate musical ingredients to the meanings behind the titles of some of their works. All of these works are taken from live in-concert recordings here in New York City.

We’ll hear Gavin Bryars introduce his The Sinking of Titanic—a work that leaves abstract concert music behind to embrace an old memory—and listen to JacobTV discuss the process behind his mesmerizing and kinetic Bob Dylan-inspired 3rd string quartet. We’ll also hear Nico Muhly, Michael Gordon, and Steve Reich, sharing their thoughts on some of their most captivating works.

Cued Up streams Sundays at 2 pm with repeats Tuesdays at 8 pm and Thursdays at 4 pm.

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