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Musical Symmetries

Friday, June 01, 2007

Contemporary composer Steve Reich explains the various symmetrical techniques that animate the music he loves. Produced by Trent Wolbe.

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William Bolcom

Friday, December 08, 2006

Plenty of classical composers like to borrow a snippet from pop music, or throw in a little reference to a well-known song in a piece of "serious music." William Bolcom prefers to go whole hog. WNYC's Sara Fishko talked to Bolcom for our series ...

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John Corigliano on Aaron Copland

Friday, November 17, 2006

The composer John Corigliano has collected an impressive stack of awards for his music. He won an Academy Award for his score to the movie The Red Violin, and a Pulitzer Prize for his Second Symphony. Jonathan Mitchell asked Corigliano about the music that ...

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John Zorn

Friday, September 29, 2006

Saxophonist and composer John Zorn may have just won a $500,000 MacArthur fellowship, but he started out as a rebel in the 1970s and transformed New York's downtown music scene. Since then, he's led a hardcore band, a jazz quartet and a chamber ensemble, and he founded ...

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Vive La French Music

Thursday, September 07, 2006

Ned Rorem is an American composer who loves French music. He spoke with WNYC's Sara Fishko as part of a series on living composers and their relationship with the past.

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An Hour With Philip Glass

Thursday, June 01, 2006

"There was a whole new wave of culture forming, and we wanted our music to be part of it."

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Friedhofer

Friday, April 28, 2006

In some ways, the career of film composer Hugo Friedhofer was a typical Hollywood story. He was a brilliant musician who created some of the most memorable scores -- like the soundtrack to The Best Years Of Our Lives -- but never got the fame he deserved. WNYC's

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Armando Bayolo

Saturday, October 01, 2005

Composer Armando Bayolo had two great epiphanies in his musical life — John Williams' Star Wars score, and a long, dense, Minimalist piece using hammers by Louis Andriessen, the Steve Reich of the Netherlands. Produced by David Krasnow.

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Adam Guettel

Saturday, August 27, 2005

Most of the classic American musicals — Oklahoma, The King and I, South Pacific, The Sound of Music — were written by one composer, Richard Rodgers. Now Rodgers' grandson, Adam Guettel, is a composer with a huge hit on his hands: The Light in the Piazza, which won ...

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Diamanda Galas

Saturday, July 23, 2005

The avant-garde composer and vocalist, Diamanda Galas, tells us what she looks for in a critic of her music. Galas is Greek and sings many languages, so she immediately went to the etymology of the matter. Produced by Trey Kay.

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Stormy Music

Saturday, February 19, 2005

The composer Lois Vierk names her music after dramatic phenomena, like Jagged Mesa or Demon Star or Simoom, an Arabic name for a powerful wind. So it seemed appropriate that when producer Jonathan Mitchell interviewed her about what makes beautiful music, the forces of nature weighed in with their ...

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Special Guest: William Bolcom

Saturday, February 12, 2005

William Bolcom is a Pulitzer Prize-winning composer of song cycles, chamber pieces, rags, symphonies, and operas — including A Wedding and McTeague in which he collaborated with director Robert Altman. Bolcom dedicated most of his career to setting to music all the poems in William Blake’s Songs of Innocence and ...

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Special Guest: Greg Sandow

Saturday, October 23, 2004

Kurt Andersen and Greg Sandow find what's right and wrong with the symphony orchestra in America, and consider what orchestras need to do to survive. 

Greg Sandow is a widely published critic and educator. He is the classical music writer for The Wall Street Journal and a frequent contributor to ...

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A Man in a Room, Gambling

Saturday, October 02, 2004

Who knew that a beautiful, evocative series of short musical pieces could be written about how to cheat at cards? Gavin Bryars and Spanish artist Juan Munoz collaborated on ten pieces of music they called A Man in a Room, Gambling. Lush strings accompany Munoz as he describes ...

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Nancarrow's Player Piano

Saturday, September 25, 2004

In the 1940s and '50s, American composer Conlan Nancarrow used an old-fashioned tool to create music no human could have played or heard before. To write his compositions, Nancarrow used mind-bending mathematical formulas to cut extremely complex rolls for the player piano. Produced by Sarah Lilley

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Rumsfeld Songs

Saturday, September 25, 2004

The Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld has a playful, evasive manner of speech. Some call this spin, others poetry. When musician Phil Kline ran across a collection of Rumsfeld quotes, he was so taken with the rhetoric that he composed music to accompany the text. In his Three ...

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Stormy Music

Saturday, July 31, 2004

The composer Lois Vierk gives her music titles taken from dramatic phenomena, like Jagged Mesa and Demon Star and Simoom, an Arabic name for a certain wind. So it seemed appropriate that when producer Jonathan Mitchell interviewed her about what she considers beautiful music, the forces of nature intervened.

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Special Guest: Greg Sandow

Saturday, May 29, 2004

Kurt Andersen and the writer and composer Greg Sandow find what's right and wrong with the symphony orchestra in America, and consider what it needs to do to survive. 

Greg Sandow is a widely published critic and education. He is the classical music writer for The Wall Street Journal and a frequent ...

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Morton Feldman

Saturday, March 20, 2004

Morton Feldman was a composer who decided graph paper could set his music free. He created a whole new way of notating music in the 1960's. It included a lot of scribbled marks in rows of little boxes. The music scholar David Bernstein and percussionist Jan Williams describe how Feldman's ...

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Nancarrow's Player Piano

Saturday, March 13, 2004

In the 1940s and ‘50s American composer Conlan Nancarrow used an old-fashioned tool to create music no human could have played or heard before. To write his compositions, Nancarrow used mind-bending mathematical formulas to cut extremely complex rolls for the player piano. Produced by Sarah Lilley

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