Time For A Little Night Music

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Saturday, March 04, 2017

Moonlight. (rachel_pics/Flickr)

This week, The Furthermore looks no further than its own time slot for inspiration. At this time of the year, 9 pm is night — full on, not-getting-any-darker night. So we will hear a little night music. 

Yes, we’ll hear "A Little Night Music," or as Mozart originally called it, Eine kleine Nachtmusik. But we’ll also hear Eine kleine Mitternachtmusik — “A Llittle Midnight Music,” courtesy of the inventive American composer George Crumb. Crumb’s series of variations for piano is based on the melody from “Round Midnight,” the jazz standard by Thelonius Monk. We’ll hear nocturnal works by Aleksandra Vrebalov, Maria Schneider, Bela Bartok and John Luther Adams, as well. Probably best enjoyed after dimming the lights.

Program playlist:

Thelonius Monk: Round Midnight, excerpt
Hazel Scott, piano

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Eine kleine Nachtmusik, fourth movement
Colin Davis/Philharmonia Orchestra

Thelonius Monk: Round Midnight
Hazel Scott, piano

George Crumb: Eine kleine Mitternachtmusick, Variations on Round Midnight
Emanuele Arciuli, amplified piano

Bela Bartok: Music For Strings, Percussion and Celesta, third movement ("night music")
Chicago Symphony Orchestra; Georg Solti, conductor

John Luther Adams: Night Peace, excerpt
Atlanta Singers; Kevin Culver, conductor

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Eine kleine Nachtmusik, second movement
Philharmonia Orchestra; Colin Davis, conductor

Maria Schneider: All Night, In Gusty Winds
Dawn Upshaw, soprano; Scott Robinson, clarinet; the Australian Chamber Orchestra

Aleksandra Vrebalov: Starry Night, from The Sea Ranch Songs
Kronos Quartet

George Crumb: Eine kleine Mitternachtmusick, Variations on Round Midnight
Emanuele Arciuli, amplified piano

Alexander Scriabin: Nocturne in D Flat for the Left Hand, Op. 9/2
Nicholas McCarthy, piano

Comments [2]

Listener from NY

Thelonious

Mar. 05 2017 06:37 PM
Adele Fisher from Nassau County, Long Island

Loved all the music! Thanks!

Mar. 04 2017 10:10 PM

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