Music Connects

David Garland, host on WQXR and of WNYC's Spinning on Air, fills in for Nadia all this week

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Monday, May 10, 2010

Music connects us to composers' ideas and musicians' talent; to emotions and shared experiences; to the secular and the sacred; to other cultures, and to each other. Monday through Friday, May 3-7, from 12-4, a.m. and p.m., I’ll connect you to music that might enlarge your world.

East and West are connected by music that combines western instruments with Balanese Gamelan; Garrett Fisher's The Passion of Saint Thomas More connects modern and medieval idioms to tell the story of a difficult decision; a portion of La Monte Young's Well-Tuned Piano connects us to an extraordinary world of sound; and Harry Partch's Seventeen Lyrics of Li Po combine a unique composer's sensibility with that of an 8th Century Chinese poet. Here's one of the Li Po lyrics set by Partch:

Before The Cask Of Wine

The spring wind comes from the east and quickly passes, Leaving faint ripples in the the golden bowl of wine.
The flowers fall, petal after petal, myriads together.
You pretty girl, wine-flushed
Your rosy face is rosier still.
How long may the peach and plum trees flower By the green-painted house?
The fleeting light deceives man,
Brings soon the stumbling age.
Rise and dance
In the westering sun,
While the urge of youthful years is yet unsubdued!
What avails to lament after one's hair has turned white like silken threads?

Rise, dance, and respond to Q2!

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Comments [7]

Vic from !

Dear David,
I, too, enjoyed listening to your shows this week on Q2.
I don't know the inside story there at the station, but I wish the administration at WNYC would allow you to crossover, and have your own show on Q2.
Best regards

May. 16 2010 02:42 AM
Christopher

Thanks you for a wonderful week of intriguing
music!
I love the Cage piece that is playing now.
Never heard this one... sort of like String Quartet
in 4 Parts w/ silence inserted.

May. 14 2010 03:51 PM

Another super week, David, thanks, and this Braxton piece (Platinum Rows) has superb energy, Stravinsky would be proud! :-) Maybe Q2 could help Tyondai get a live hearing in New York? Thanks for the great connections all week long. -p.

May. 14 2010 01:06 PM
David Garland from Q2

Charlie, my condolences; thanks for writing.

Porter, thanks for your welcome!

Vic, I had wanted to squeeze in "Let's Go Away for a While" last week; I'm glad it's at least resonating in your imagination.

--David Garland

May. 11 2010 02:35 PM
Charlie Kıentzler from Turkey

I am ın a hotel room in Ankera, Turkey mornıng the loss of my Anıta at the hospital.

We were together 56 yr.It is reasuring to hear sounds from home, on faithful WQXR.

May. 10 2010 01:11 PM

David, delighted you're back this week! Such beautifully prepared and carefully contextualized shows last week, the travel theme was great. Looking forward to the Connections of this week, welcome back!
-p.

May. 10 2010 12:10 PM
Vic from !

Hey, David ~
You'll be back for another week...Cool
& I know I'm barking up the wrong tree with my response to Li Po's lyrics but ~ check it out
Brian Wilson's > PET SOUNDS >
& "Let's Go Away For A While" ~>
A timeless river flow this tender moment in time

Best regards

May. 08 2010 02:48 AM

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