The Sonic Mystery

Part of The Tristan Mysteries on WNYC

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Tuesday, May 01, 2007

Tristan und Isolde is essentially the longest unresolved chord in history (all five hours of it). In this episode of The Tristan Mysteries, Amy O'Leary takes us on a magical mystery tour of Wagner's expansive musical language—and shows us how a few simple measures of music affected entire generations of composers. Also, composer Jed Distler joins George Preston in the studio for an expansive survey of Tristan's musical legacy.

Contributors to The Sonic Mystery include:

  • Danny Felsenfeld, Composer & Critic
  • Andy Laster, Composer & Jazz Saxophonist
  • Bill Viola, Video Artist, The Tristan Project
  • Sean McCaul, Vibraphonist and Marimba Player
  • Jaime Fatas, Saxophonist

Executive Producer, The Tristan Mysteries: Limor Tomer
Producer/Host, The Sonic Mystery: Amy O'Leary
Producer/Host, Tristan's Legacy: George Preston
Web Producer, The Tristan Mysteries: Brad Cresswell

The Tristan Mysteries is supported, in part, by a grant from The Corporation for Public Broadcasting.

The Sonic Mystery

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What's that famous "Tristan Chord" all about, anyways? We hear from composer Danny Felsenfeld, who takes a look under the hood to reveal the power, beauty and "game" of Wagner's astonishing music—and illustrates how those few simple notes have become part of the musical collective unconscious.

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Wagner's Progeny

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Jed Distler is a groundbreaking advocate for contemporary music as artistic director of ComposersCollaborative inc. The acclaimed composer/pianist joins George Preston in the studio to dust Wagner's fingerprints from the musical map—and show us how Tristan und Isolde is still leaving its mark nearly 150 ...

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Wagner's Progeny - Part Two

Listen on demand to the second half of George Preston's Evening Music interview with composer/pianist Jed Distler.


Web Exclusive: Bill Viola

Listen to the extended version of our interview with Bill Viola, video artist for The Tristan Project, and Adam Weinberg, Director of the Whitney Museum. Part of The Tristan Mysteries on WNYC.


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