Nico Muhly


Born in 1981, Nico Muhly is a composer living and working in New York City. He blogs at

Nico Muhly appears in the following:

'Jesus Christ the Apple Tree'

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

For the final day of Q2 Music's inaugural Advent Calendar, download a delicious bell-filled rendition of "Jesus Christ the Apple Tree" from composer Nico Muhly.


Obsessive Choral with Nico Muhly

Monday, February 27, 2012

Composer, pianist and erstwhile boy soprano Nico Muhly has been a part of Q2's musical family since the beginning. Today at 12 pm, we revisit the composer's four-part survey of his fi...


Get In CONTACT! with Nico Muhly

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Composer Nico Muhly hosts a witch's brew of selections from the New York Philharmonic CONTACT! New Music series, featuring seven world premieres commissioned by the orchestra.

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Extreme Simplicity and Extreme Complexity

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Today, Benjamin Britten and other 20th Century luminaries. Is there anything better than his Te Deum in C? If you can make it through "...whom that hast redeemed with thy precious blood" without losing your mind, you are more dignified than I.

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Howells and Stanford

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

I live for cheesy mid-century choral music. Today: Herbert Howells and Charles Villiers Stanford.


Purcell, Blow and Contemporaries

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Today, Henry Purcell and John Blow! Purcell is, I think, the last composer who was allowed to write such unstructured music; his long verse anthems and Te Deum are abstract, meandering and episodic pieces where each little bit of text is its own little étude. I think all of my problems as a composer — and all my delights — can be traced back to these capricious, difficult and charming pieces.


Tudor and Jacobian Music

Monday, September 13, 2010

Choral music is my first love. Even though my voice broke in 1994, I still return to the emotional landscapes of Byrd, Tallis, Gibbons, Howells and Britten as a sort of home base for all of the music I write. In this four-part series on Q2, we explore a few centuries of (mainly) English choral music, ignoring, as the genre itself suggests, the better part of the 18th and 19th centuries. This is by no means comprehensive, but is, rather, my own strange itinerary through the pieces I adore.

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Eight Days of Steve: Nico Muhly

Friday, December 11, 2009

Writing about Steve Reich’s music feels like writing about a family member or a childhood friend: There are too many stories and too many strange intimacies to really create a coherent narrative. I first discovered Reich as a teenager; I’m pretty sure Music for 18 Musicians was the first album I bought, and then I got deep into it very quickly.

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Nico Muhly's Keep in Touch

Thursday, April 30, 2009

Nico Muhly's piece Keep in Touch is performed with the composer on piano and Overnight Music host Nadia Sirota on the viola. The composer describes the work as "a lament, a sort of ch...

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