How Do We Write a Song Today?

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Thursday, June 25, 2015

Aaron Roche (Courtesy of the artist)

Think about art song – who comes to mind? It probably starts with Schubert and Schumann. Now fast-forward: we see Mahler, Wolf, Lennon, McCartney, Ives, Bolcom – and today? The song-writing tradition is thankfully not just alive and well, but thriving. This Thursday at 3, the Brothers Balliett take a look at the kinds of songs composers are producing today.

Working as a traditionalist who is anything but traditional, Wolfgang Rihm is perhaps the composer who has digested all of music history and fashioned it into something truly unique and expansive. "Ende der Handschrift", a song cycle for tenor and piano, is absolutely stunning. We've also been moved by the songs of Aaron Roche, and today we'll hear selections from his first CD. And of course, being a new music show, we must subvert the idea of the song altogether – something Pierre Jalbert does to great effect in his The Invention of the Saxophone.

Join Doug, Brad, and some brilliant song composers on this week's edition of The Brothers Balliett.


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Brad Balliett and Doug Balliett

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