Episode #9

Listen: Stephen Hartke's 'Netsuke' in World Premiere by Members of Eighth Blackbird

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Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Composer Stephen Hartke (Philip Channing)

On May 20, 2011, violinist Matt Albert and pianist Lisa Kaplan from Eighth Blackbird gave the world premiere of Stephen Hartke's Netsuke in the Coolidge Auditorium of the Library of Congress. 

Stephen Hartke is an American composer of contemporary classical music, who in 2013 received a Grammy Award for Best Classical Contemporary Composition for his work, Meanwhile - Incidental Music to Imaginary Puppet Plays. In the program note, Hartke writes that Netsuke was inspired by six Japanese "netsuke" carvings from the Bushell Collection at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. 

This on-demand music is part of a new partnership between Q2 Music and Concerts from the Library of Congress to share works that the Library of Congress either commissioned or presented as world or US premieres dating back to the 2009-2010 season.

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