Spoken Like Scott

Scott Johnson helped define what it meant to be a modern day composer when he moved to New York in 1975 and dedicated himself to creating a hybrid music- a style that has its roots in the classical tradition, but welcomes contemporary instruments and technology at the same time. Johnson felt the need to dispel any notion that classical music was dead by embracing the use of electric guitar in concert works, and also using spoken language and tape loops in compositions as a way of creating musical melodies from patterns of speech. Composer Steve Reich was an influence in this regard, with works like It's Gonna Rain and Come Out. Tonight, we hear It Raged, written for the Kronos Quartet with tape loop. Also, music of Thelonious Monk and John Adams.

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