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Conor Hanick

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And Now For Something Completely Different ...

Monday, March 18, 2013

The timbral language of the harpsichord intriguingly, if not unexpectedly, connects the modern and pre-Classical eras. This week on Hammered! we explore that lineage by juxtaposing music from the Baroque era with more recently written scores, all composed for the harpsichord.

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Stop, I'm Feeling Cyclical

Monday, March 11, 2013

Almost all cogent musical structures are built on some kind of repetition or cycle. This week on Hammered! we decode the musical cycles behind some of the century's most fascinating architectural blueprints.

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Conceptions of the Concept Album

Monday, March 04, 2013

The mark of a well-constructed album is that its individual parts form a greater whole, each work elevated through the connections made with adjacent tracks. Tune in this week on Hammered! for five such albums.

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Loops, Ladders and Wind-Up Birds

Monday, February 25, 2013

Brooklyn-based composer Ryan Anthony Francis draws on the influences of artist M.C. Escher, author Haruki Murakami and poet Wilhelm Muller. Hear what they've told him this week at 10 am on Hammered!.

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Also Sprach A Living Composer!

Monday, February 18, 2013

It's our winter pledge drive. All this week on Hammered! we pass the mic among a collection of composers to introduce their own works for piano. It's one of many features that you hea...

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Songs WIth / Out Words

Monday, February 11, 2013

Differentiating the piano from other percussion instruments is partly, and perhaps most meaningfully, its ability to imitate the human voice, to sound cantabile. This week on Hammered! the piano takes center stage and accompanies itself in a series of one-instrument art song recitals. 

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When The Piano Isn't Enough ...

Monday, February 04, 2013

Late in his life, the famed Italian pianist and composer Ferruccio Busoni felt so straightjacketed by the tonal system that he said one of the only viable method of escape was the inv...

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Studying the Etude

Monday, January 28, 2013

Taking a page out of the great Nicholas Hodges' recent programatic playbook, this week on Hammered! we re-contextualize a handful of classic etudes by throwing in fistfuls of freshly composed ones, some so difficult only a machine can play them!

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All Things Ecstatic

Monday, January 21, 2013

A beloved addition to the NYC festival circuit, the multi-dimension and ultra-collaborative Ecstatic Music Festival kicks off this Friday. Q2 Music is its proud digital partner, and this week on Hammered!, to get into the mood, we not only survey music from the festival's composers, musicians and ensembles, but more generally embrace all things ecstatic.

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Born from Silence

Monday, January 14, 2013

What is it about the opening measures of Ludwig van Beethoven's Fifth Symphony, or Igor Stravinsky's The Rite of Spring that generates such intense musical magnetism? This week on Hammered! we explore how the starts of pieces impact the music that follows. 

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Composing With The Nature Of Sound

Monday, January 07, 2013

This week on Hammered! we dive deep into the music of the spectral school, exploring the sounds of Tristan Murail, Gerard Grisey, Claude Vivier and more alongside bits of "proto-spect...

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Postnuclear Winterscenario

Monday, December 31, 2012

Here we are, pre-New Year and post-Mayan "apocalypse", confronted with another expiration of a calendar year and the contemplation of that particular sort of cosmic mystery. This week...

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The Technicolor Music of Olivier Messiaen

Monday, December 24, 2012

It has become a sort of holiday tradition on Hammered! to indulge in Olivier Messiaen's two-hour holiday season epic Vingt Regards sur l’Enfant-Jésus. Tune in at 10 AM this week for f...

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Portrait Of The Artist

Monday, December 17, 2012

As a follow-up to our five-day pianist profile series last fall, aptly titled Solid Gould, Hammered! presents a week's worth of hour-long musical portraits of some of the great pianists of the contemporary music world, including performances from the late Charles Rosen.

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Remembrance Of Things Past

Monday, December 10, 2012

This fall has seen the passing of William Duckworth, Elliott Carter and Jonathan Harvey, who died last week at age 73. This week we present the music, influences and echoes of these three compositional giants.

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Celebrating Cage and Debussy

Monday, December 03, 2012

Two of arguably the most influential composers of the 20th century turned super old this year: John Cage and Claude Debussy . This week on Hammered! we pay homage to these modern musical titans.

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Sonatas For All Ages

Monday, November 05, 2012

Let's lead with a nerdy but apt musicological posit: the sonata is a shifty and elusive form. It contracts, expands and reconfigures to hold any type of musical material, so much so that it is perhaps most accurate to evoke the sonata's original and most basic meaning, simply "to sound."

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Living For The Live Performance

Monday, October 22, 2012

This week on Hammered!, in coordination with our Fall Pledge Drive, we hear highlights from our vast archive of live piano performances.

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When The Piano Isn't Enough ...

Monday, October 08, 2012

Late in his life, the famed Italian pianist and composer Ferruccio Busoni felt so straightjacketed by the tonal system that he said one of the only viable method of escape was the inv...

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Composing With The Nature Of Sound

Monday, October 01, 2012

Gerard Grisey, one of the godfathers of the spectral school, had an almost tactile relationship to sound, saying "I start more with the physical aspect of things, the physical aspect of sound, the quality of spectrums" before composing. This week on Hammered! we try to understand what the heck that actually means with a deep dive into the music of the spectral school.

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