Spoken Like Scott

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Monday, October 05, 2009

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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Comments [3]

Joseph Virgilio from Monmouth County, NJ

So sad to see this giant of a city dissolve into a single classical music station. I can feel the perimeter tightening!

Oct. 05 2009 09:18 PM
Susan from Kingston

Why would you want to extend all talk radio into the evening hours? What is happening with Evening Music? Terence McKnight is the best thing that has happened to WNYC in recent years. Keep Evening Music the way it is. The last thing that I want to hear is more talk...

Oct. 05 2009 08:51 PM
Travis from Brooklyn

When WNYC becomes all talk (boo!) will Evening Music still be around? Same time slot? Same programming, or will it become more like the programming on 96.3? Will the show still be as innovative?

I'm so upset that WNYC is becoming all talk, and I don't like the new place on the dial.

But, please, keep Evening Music the way it is. It's the best program ever!

Oct. 05 2009 04:57 PM

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