When Words Get in the Way

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Saturday, April 12, 2014

Bobby McFerrin performs in the Soundcheck studio. Bobby McFerrin performs in the Soundcheck studio. (Michael Katzif / WNYC)

The term “wordy” most often has a negative connotation. It’s true that sometimes words do get in the way. But in music, it's not an all-or-nothing proposition.

This week on All Ears, host Terrance McKnight blends the spoken with the unspoken and the old with the not so old. We feature choral music by David Lang, and a wordless serenade to Mozart by Bobby McFerrin.

We also turn our focus to the Baroque. Louis Couperin was a 17th-century keyboard composer whose music has a flavor unlike that of Bach, Handel or Vivaldi. His music isn’t recorded or performed often these days but it's progressively Baroque and it kicks off this week’s program.

There’s also music for mallet instruments by Steve Reich. Enough said.

Comments [3]

To mithrandir03, Here's the Couperin information

Pavane in f-sharp
Louis Couperin
Rafael Puyana, harpsichord

Apr. 28 2014 08:31 PM

What was the harpsichord piece by Couperin that opened the program? I meant to take a look here last week to find out, but I totally forgot, and it seems the playlist for this show is not listed. Thanks!

Apr. 19 2014 10:08 PM
Joanne Collier from NYC

The David Lang choral piece was thrilling in its close and surprising harmonies. Thank you so much for playing it.

Apr. 12 2014 10:44 PM

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