Tribute to John Lennon


On this date, the 30th anniversary of John Lennon’s death, New Sounds celebrates the influence that Lennon had outside his sphere.  We’ll hear music by Vijay Iyer, his "re-imagining" of "Imagine,” and Canadian electric guitarist/composer Tim Brady’s “Strumming: homage à John Lennon.”  Of the many homages, we’ll also hear a lovely meditation for piano and cello built around the chord sequence from John Lennon’s “Imagine,” from Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Aaron Jay Kernis. 

Then there’s a kind of tribute from New York composer Michael Gordon, in his piece, "I Buried Paul." The work starts the way that “Strawberry Fields Forever ends,” and is titled with the words that  John Lennon, according to unverified legend, intoned as it fades out.  We'll also listen to a suite for piano, Chinese flute and cello by David Lanz, music from the Vitamin String Quartet, and music by Michael Hedges as well.

PROGRAM #3147, Tribute to John Lennon    (First aired on 12/08/2010)                                                





Vijay Iyer


Imagine [3:44]

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Tim Brady

My 20th Century

Strumming: homage à John Lennon [10:45]

Ambiances Magnétiques AM 189

Aaron Jay Kernis (piano), Michael Finckel (cello)

Chamber Music

Meditation (In Memory of John Lennon) [9:47]

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David Lanz

Liverpool: Re-Imagining the Beatles


London Skies: A John Lennon Suite [10:15]

Moon Boy Music 0884502676952
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Vitamin String Quartet

Strung Out Volume 5: The String Quartet Tribute to 2007’s Best Songs

Working Class Hero: The String Quartet Tribute to Green Day’s Tribute to John Lennon [4:19]

Vitamin Records VIT-1287

Michael Hedges

Live on the Double Planet

Come Together [5:13]

Windham Hill 1066
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