After Bach

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Saturday, April 06, 2013

On this edition of All Ears, it's an all-American experience showcasing the many musical influences existing our country and in the concert hall.

During the Renaissance period in music, it was quite chic for composers to write music that featured performers stationed in different sections of a hall or church. American composer John Adams employed that antiphonal style of writing when he composed Tromba Lontana or "Distant Trumpet" for the Houston Symphony Orchestra in the 1980's. This week, host Terrance McKnight kicks off the show with Adam's "Distant Trumpet" and presents a program of concert music by many other American composers.


Tromba Lontana

John Adams

City of Birmingham Orchestra

Sir Simon Rattle



Artists Ought to Be Writing

Jason Moran, composer/piano

Marvin Sewell, guitar

Tarus Mateen, bass

Nasheet Waits, drums



String Poetic:Nocturne

Jennifer Higdon

Jennifer Koh, violin

Reiko Uchida, piano




Meredith Monk

Meredith Monk and vocal ensemble




John Corigliano

Andrew Russo, piano

Steven Heyman, piano

Black Box


Sometimes I Fell Like a Motherless Child


Velvet Brown



Essay for Orchestra No.1, Op. 12

Samuel Barber

St. Louis Symphony Orchestra

Leonard Slatkin, conductor



Piano Trio – “Typical Music”

Evan Ziporyn

Arden Trio

New Albion


Afro Blue

Mongo Santamaria/ V. Coleman

Imani Winds



Child: My Very Empty Mouth

David Lang

Sentieri Selvaggi



Last Round

Osvaldo Golijov

St. Lawrence String Quartet

Ying Quartet

Mark Dresser, bass


Comments [1]

Barbara Ann Buklad

Perfect Bach aftermath! It's so nice to be introduced to such beautiful contemporary (and fairly contemporary) American music. Thank you for sharing your knowledge and love of music.

Apr. 06 2013 11:03 PM

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