Vote: What 24-Hour Marathon Would You Like to Hear?

Select Your Favorite Listener-Nominated Marathon

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Vote now for Q2 Music's first listener-selected 24-hour marathon! Vote now for Q2 Music's first listener-selected 24-hour marathon! (Keith Ivey/flickr)

In the first half of 2014, you've heard monthly 24-hour marathons on Q2 Music celebrating The Best of 2013 (January), New Music in Film (February), Kronos Quartet (March), Electronic and Electroacoustic Music (April), Arvo Pärt (May) and Meet the Composer(s) (June). Now we want to know what organizing musical idea you would like to hear featured over the course of an entire day on August 24

To help narrow down the possibilities, we asked you to select a topic and explain the reasons behind your choice. From the over fifty entries, we've chosen the Top 5 based on similar suggestions and our ability to program a robust, representative sampling of music.  



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Comments [4]

Beata from Princeton NJ

Jared, I do agree with you that Hovhaness's music is ignored with a few exceptions (Mysterious Mountain, etc.) by many radio stations with the exception of WPRB.
If you love Hovhaness you missed a really great Hovhaness 24 hour Marathon
presented at WPRB for Hovhaness's 100 birthday on Classical Discoveries with many rare LP's, as well as well many other rare recordings of Hovhaness's music on the same program.

Jul. 20 2014 10:40 AM
Jared from Greenwich CT

My vote or first choice would be for an Alan Hovhaness marathon. As a tremendous AH fan I have just about every recording that has ever been made, including from Poseidon records, Hovhaness's own vinyl-era record label.
Still his music deserves much more visibility; even with the wealth of available recordings, AH is still not the household name that he should be. I'm most certain that 3/4 of WQXR listeners do not know the American master and that many who do only have heard the masterpiece "Mysterious Mountain" (Symphony 2 opus 132) or possibly "And God Created Great Whales", however I myself have only heard the latter on WQXR twice, over a period of several years.

Whether it's his mostly modal and achingly beautiful works or his mysterious aleatoric soundscapes ("controlled chaos" was his sonic invention!), his important and revered "Armenian period", or works inspired by ancient Asian court music, baroque contrapuntal structures and so on....Hovhaness's sound world is always a deeply spiritual one, one that wholly transports the listener. That indeed is the kind of beauty the modern world, with all it's 'uncontrolled' chaos- needs for a 24 hour period!

Jul. 08 2014 09:31 PM

bang on a can!

Jul. 08 2014 12:02 PM
Katelin from NYC

I miss Dietrich so very much. How about a Fischer-Dieskau Festival?!

Or maybe a great piano trios one? Or let David Dubal pick something!

Jul. 03 2014 03:48 PM

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