Summer 24-Hour Marathon: What's Your Roadtrip Playlist?

Suggest pieces that accompany travel for Q2 Music's July 24 marathon

Monday, July 07, 2014

What's the playlist to your summer road trip? What's the playlist to your summer road trip? (Bust It Away Photography)

The windows are down, the cruise control is on, and the back seat is packed with snacks. It's finally the sprawling, summer road trip you've always wanted to take.

So, what's coming through the speakers?

For this month's 24 on the 24th marathon, we've collected music for traveling. Whether it's a solo bassoon piece for the airplane trip to a country across the world or a grand, symphonic work for the drive across a sweltering highway near the Rockies, music and movement have been intertwined for centuries.

Since everyone has a different soundtrack for travel, we invited Q2 Music listeners to weigh in with their choices. We also asked a handful of composers and performers – Nico Muhly, Judd Greenstein, Vicky Chow, Ralph van Raat, Maya Beiser, David T. Little, Mellissa Hughes, Florent Ghys and Doyle Armbrust – to call in with some of their favorite roadtripping music.

Join us all day for music to accompany the sight of trees passing by a car window or asphalt underneath your feet. Maybe the pairing is literal, such as John Adams's Road Movies, or perhaps it's more atmospheric, like Anna Thorvaldsdottir's Hrim that echoes the expansiveness of landscapes. Follow our playlist here, and enjoy an encore presentation on the entire marathon Sunday, July 27. 

Hosted by:

Suzanne Farrin


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Comments [11]

Joseph marcus from Paris, France


Having a marathon based on the standard Q2 repertuar is one thing, but to have to listen to it again on the following weekend is a bit too much! This being said, your monthly marathon could be more itersting if it focused rather than scattered around the theme it purported to present.


your devout listener

Joseph, Paris

Jul. 27 2014 04:25 PM

Thanks!! Hear the whole thing again this Sunday.

Jul. 25 2014 04:46 PM

Q2 NYC Music - I am home alone on this fabulous road trip for the mind. Thank You - Keep up the good work.

Jul. 24 2014 12:22 PM
Ibrahim Mahboob from Toronto

Ah, it was the studio Desert Music by Järvi. I recognized a familiar wrong note in a marimba chord in the fifth mvmt.

Jul. 24 2014 12:21 PM
Ibrahim Mahboob from Toronto

Yay for the Desert Music! Is the recording Q2 played today by Kristjan Järvi, Tonkünstler-Orchester & Chorus sine nomine? I have their Chandos studio version but this almost sounds more live (date?)

Jul. 24 2014 12:09 PM

I assume that's "exploration" and not "expiration" ;) (no good music ever expires after all!) but discovery and exploration are what we strive for every day on Q2M, so in that sense you'll have 365 days/year, 24 hours/day of roadtrippin.

Jul. 24 2014 10:45 AM
Prov from Brooklyn

I enjoy adventure and expiration. That's why I hope that the music is entirely new to me

Jul. 24 2014 09:09 AM
Nathan from Westchester County

On long road trips, I listen to Grateful Dead's "Blues for Allah" - the entire album. It goes through changes, and keeps me upbeat all along the way.

Jul. 24 2014 09:00 AM
Margaret Jones from Indianapolis, IN

Phillip Schroeder's "A Necessary Autumn" from Passage Through a Dream...would make you wish your road trip would never end!!

Jul. 23 2014 10:49 AM

Roomful of Teeth! (the whole album)

If I'm on a train at night, though, it has to be Ann Southam "Simple Lines of Enquiry."

Jul. 15 2014 11:12 AM
Sandra Mogensen from Toronto

Adams' "Short Ride in a Fast Machine" came on the car radio while I was doing a 16-hour road trip recently.

Jul. 12 2014 12:10 PM

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