Musical Genetics 101: A Little Goes A Long Way

Big-concept keyboard pieces built from small-scale materials

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Monday, October 14, 2013

This week, musical genetics 101. We survey keyboard-centric pieces whose forms are born from the brief but compact strands of musical DNA that begin them. 

Maybe it's a short rhythmic fragment, a melodic gesture, a harmonic progression, but all the music on this week's program grows from these initial musical impulses and builds upon the latent musical potential contained within those materials. Think 'musical tessellations', or maybe the mapping of a work's compositional 'genome'. 

Tune in for scores by a handful of tried and true minimalist favorites, including Steve Reich, both John Adams (Coolidge and Luther), David Lang, and Kyle Gann, in addition to brilliant piano-centric chamber music by Gavin Bryers, Mark Dancigers, Patrick Burke, Morton Feldman, Ann Southam, and many, many others. 

Hosted by:

Conor Hanick
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