Can a Mouse Swallow a Dinosaur?

The Brothers Balliett streams Thursdays at 3 pm and Sundays at 8 pm on Q2 Music

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Thursday, November 29, 2012

Can a Mouse Swallow a Dinosaur? An extreme question, to be sure - but one that Italian composer Salvatore Sciarrino addresses in his solo-flute (!) arrangement of J.S. Bach's towering Toccata and Fugue in D-minor.

Prompted by this question and unusual arrangement - which seems to ask how extreme you can get with simple materials (like a solo flute, for instance) - The Brothers Balliett explore varies kinds of extremes in this week's show, which also includes music by Vladimir Ussachevsky, Hugh Le Caine, Michael Torke, and Dieter Amman.

Hear what happens when the sound of a leaky faucet is the only inspiration for a piece, or what happens when you write an event-filled piece that never changes key. Above all, keep your ears open for those extreme moments! But for goodness sake, don't try to eat a dinosaur.

Hosted by:

Brad Balliett and Doug Balliett

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