Episode #3224

New Music for Electric Violin

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Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Listen to compositions for electric violin on this New Sounds program.  We'll hear Nico Muhly's Seeing Is Believing, a concerto for electric violin, which features the Aurora Orchestra and Thomas Gould on electric six-string violin, Also, we'll hear music by John Adams from his work, "The Dharma At Big Sur" - "Sri Moonshine" for electric violin and orchestra. It's an homage to the beat poets and to minimalists, like Terry Riley, with its Eastern-tinged strings and shimmering suspended chords.  Plus, other works.

PROGRAM #3224, music for electric violin          





John Adams

Dharma at Big Sur

Part 1. A New Day [14:28]

Nonesuch Records**

Nico Muhly

Seeing is Believing

Seeing is Believing [24:28]

Decca 478 2731**



Ocean Waves [7:47]

ECM Records #1403**

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**In most better stores; in NY, try J&R on Park RowOther Music on 3rd St., etc.

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Comments [2]

steve o from NYC

Both the Adams and Muhly sound so conventional and "already heard that before"... Muhly especially is just a pastiche composer... no identity could be the new identity. Adams started out that way too I guess grabbing orchestration tips from past revolutionaries and harmonic and rhythmic ideas from Reich, Riley and Glass. Now like Muhly, he just has nothing hew to say.

Jul. 24 2011 06:40 PM


Jul. 18 2011 01:08 PM

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