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Alex Ambrose

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A Musical Memory Space

Friday, August 12, 2011

John Adams was one of the first major composers to take on the challenge of writing a work to commemorate the events of September 11, 2001. His Pulitzer Prize-winning work On the Transmigration of Souls is something of a sound collage, performed by orchestra and choirs along with pre-recorded ambient sound: we hear a voice reading names of people who were lost in the towers, the choirs singing reminiscences of their family members.

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Two Boys Provoking Debate

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Though New Yorkers will unfortunately have to wait until the Met Opera's 2013-2014 season to see a local production of Tony Award-winner Bartlett Sher's staging of Nico Muhly's first opera, Two Boys (premiering in late June at the English National Opera), it seems like we're now more than ever bombarded with the dark and lurid issues that this complex, cautionary tale raises. 

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100 Composers Under 40

Sunday, April 17, 2011

A few weeks ago, Q2 and NPR Music launched a crowdsourced project to determine who were your favorite composers under the age of 40, and by extension those pieces which were shaping our contemporary musical scene and defining what it actually means to be a composer in the 21st century. On Facebook, Twitter and the aggregating pages on Q2 and NPR Music, an international array of comments poured in, reaching almost 800 suggestions in total. With much debate and awareness of such a list's limitations, we've narrowed the field down to 100 composers, each represented by one song, and are proud to present it here in a randomized stream.

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Gavin Bryars: Never Failed Me Yet

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Each day from April 14-20, Q2 spotlights the mind and music of composer Gavin Bryars. Explore the many different aspects of a style informed by jazz, minimalism, Renaissance polyphony and constant experimentation.

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Terrance McKnight 3.0

Thursday, March 03, 2011

At 7 p.m. on March 3, 2008, WNYC listeners heard Lou Bell Johnson's confident, impassioned rendition of the African American spiritual "Stand by Me" slowly morph into the opening strains of the final movement of Beethoven's Piano Sonata No. 30 in E Major, and knew something special was in the air. The two pieces, initially wary of one another and reluctant to coexist, soon settled into willing accomplices in the creation of beautiful, transformative moment. Seconds later, newly arrived Evening Music host Terrance McKnight announced himself to WNYC audiences and to New York. 

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Composers' Forum: Milton Babbitt

Tuesday, February 01, 2011

In this 1973 interview from the WNYC archives, Milton Babbitt speaks with legendary announcer Martin Bookspan. Included are live concert recordings of performances that were not commercially available at the time.

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Alan Pierson to Lead the Brooklyn Philharmonic

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Finally!! Brooklyn lives up to its hipper-than-hip image! Alan Pierson, the 36-year old conductor of the groundbreaking New Music ensembles Alarm Will Sound and Dublin-based Crash Ensemble, is bringing his prodigious talents and badass programmatic instincts to the Brooklyn Philharmonic as their new Artistic Director, effective immediately. Pierson has made a name for himself as a tireless advocate of innovative music through collaborations with composers such as Steve Reich, Aphex Twin, Michael Gordon and Donnacha Dennehy.

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So Percussion on Q2

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

You've hopefully heard Q2's "stings" countless times by now. Stings are the pre-recorded, station-identifying short bits of music used as segues between songs. In radio jargon, they're also referred to as sweepers, stingers, radio/station imaging, bumpers, shotguns... admittedly, the radio industry has some eccentric terminology.

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Making Music with Helium Tanks and Suspension Coils

Friday, October 08, 2010

Kraft has finally come to New York, carrying with it the local, found-object flavor that composer Magnus Lindberg requires when installing this legacy-defining piece.

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Junkyard Orchestra

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

On a sweltering Friday afternoon, a group of musicians including the Finnish composer Magnus Lindberg piled into a van bound for a Staten Island junkyard. Their task? To find ingredients for the composer's 1985 work, Kraft.

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Elliott Sharp and Dither Want Audience Participation, in Chalk

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Composer and performer Elliott Sharp teams up with the New York-based Dither guitar quartet to perform at the Whitney Museum tonight at 7 p.m. to perform Christian Marclay’s Chalk Board. Learn more about the performance and watch WQXR's video about the project.

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Featured CD: Einojuhani Rautavaara

Monday, October 26, 2009

Finnish composer Einojuhani Rautavaara might not yet be a household name here in the United States, but with the release of a 4-CD set of his complete concertos, that might change. Tune in to Q2 all this week as we feature these concertos and other pieces from his vast and exquisite catalogue.

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