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30 Pieces in 30 Days

30 Pieces: William Bolcom's Violin Concerto

Sunday, January 18, 2015

This month, WQXR is taking 30 pieces from the 2014 Classical Countdown and asking music experts to give us their "next step" compositions. Today: Bolcom's Violin Concerto.

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New Sounds

Clarinet-Centric New Music

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Hear new music for clarinets, including a preview of the new album, "Orphic Machine" by clarinetist/composer Ben Goldberg, space-jazz from Belgium, music by Derek Bermel & more.

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Mixtapes

A Tribute to My Teachers

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Composer and clarinetist Derek Bermel has worked with diverse cross-section of the new-music community, including the Boston Modern Orchestra Project and eighth blackbird. Listen here to his Mixtape.

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Hammered!

Born from Silence

Monday, June 10, 2013

What is it about the opening measures of Ludwig van Beethoven's Fifth Symphony, or Igor Stravinsky's The Rite of Spring that generates such intense musical magnetism? This week on Hammered! we explore how the starts of pieces impact the music that follows. 

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Mixtapes

Accounting in Reverse with Jayson Greene

Wednesday, March 06, 2013

Jayson Greene has an omnivorous musical appetite. Managing Editor for eMusic and a writer for Pitchfork and the Village Voice, he's also a classically trained musician. His mixtape stretches from Debussy to Suzanne Ciani and Elliott Carter.

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Mixtapes

A Tribute to My Teachers

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Composer and clarinetist Derek Bermel has worked with diverse cross-section of the new-music community, including Boston Modern Orchestra Project, Mos Def and eighth blackbird. His Mixtape is a tribute to his teachers which include Louis Andriessen and Henri Dutilleux. Listen today at 3 pm.

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Hammered!

Born from Silence

Monday, January 14, 2013

What is it about the opening measures of Ludwig van Beethoven's Fifth Symphony, or Igor Stravinsky's The Rite of Spring that generates such intense musical magnetism? This week on Hammered! we explore how the starts of pieces impact the music that follows. 

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Q2 Music Album of the Week

The Transcontinental Travels of Derek Bermel and Alarm Will Sound

Monday, November 19, 2012

Like an only slightly lower-strung version of Carl Stalling's Looney Toons scores, Derek Bermel's music often changes its mind halfway through a phrase, doubles back and becomes something completely different.

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The New Canon

The Omnivorous Tendencies of Bermel and Turnage

Monday, November 19, 2012

This week, we hear new recordings of works by Mark-Anthony Turnage, Alan Hovhaness and Ronald Bruce Smith, as well as selections from our album of the week by Alarm Will Sound.

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Q2 Music Live Concerts

Percussive Fireworks from So Percussion and Friends

Thursday, May 31, 2012

Hosted by Q2 Music's Phil Kline, the opening night of the 2012 Look & Listen Festival offered an array of percussive fireworks for marimba, Mbira, vibraphone and more, led by the evening's curators, So Percussion.

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New Sounds

Theme & Variations - Goldberg Variations

Monday, May 28, 2012

From a Satie-influenced piano solo to electronics to a large jazz-based ensemble, Bach’s celebrated variations are themselves varied for this New Sounds program.  We’ll hear some varations adapted almost beyond recognition, by composers like Derek Bermel, David Del Tredici, and Uri Caine.  Listen to a version arranged by Karlheinz Essl for string trio with electronic manipulation of the instruments along with Derek Bermel's funky Kontraphunktus.

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Q2 Music Live Concerts

Listen: Music from China and Music from Copland House

Wednesday, April 04, 2012

Recently, the Ecstatic Music Festival showcased two ensembles, Music from Copland House and Music from China, performing four world premieres that mixed Chinese and Western styles and instrumentation.

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New Sounds

Orchestra of the 21st Century

Saturday, March 31, 2012

For this New Sounds, we'll focus on the orchestra of the 21st Century.  Chances are this orchestra is a bit leaner and more versatile than a  100 member-plus symphony orchestra and most likely includes electric and/or electronic instruments.  We'll hear many examples, including Alarm Will Sound, the Boston Modern Orchestra Project (BMOP) and Sujian Stevens' The BQE Project, a work for a quirky symphony orchestra. And more.

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Q2 Music

Derek Bermel: Travels in Ethnomusicology

Monday, October 17, 2011

After his clarinet was stolen from a Paris phone booth, Derek Bermel explains, he gave up busking to become a goatherd in the south of the country. He has studied the music of Yemen in Jerusalem, the music of Thrace in Bulgaria, choro music in Brazil, and in Ghana the music of a xylophone-like instument called the gyil, and conducted a choir of emotionally disturbed boys at a residential center in New York City.

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The New Canon

Super SONiC

Monday, October 03, 2011

SONiC, a festival celebrating composers under 40 and works all written within the 21st Century opens next week. Today, we chat with SONiC co-producer Derek Bermel and featured composer, Kenji Bunch, to find out: what will set this century apart from the last?

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The New Canon

Prizing the Pulitzer

Monday, July 25, 2011

Prestigious and controversial, the Pulitzer Prize is the theme of Music From Copland House's two-part concert series at the Caramoor Festival, and the focus of this week's New Canon chat with musicians Derek Bermel, Michael Barrett and Michael Boriskin. Our chat begins Monday at 4 p.m.

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New Sounds

Theme & Variations - Goldberg Variations

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

From a Satie-influenced piano solo to electronics to a large jazz-based ensemble, Bach’s celebrated variations are themselves varied for this New Sounds program.  We’ll hear some varations adapted almost beyond recognition, by composers like Derek Bermel, David Del Tredici, and Uri Caine.  Listen to a version arranged by Karlheinz Essl for string trio with electronic manipulation of the instruments along with Derek Bermel's funky Kontraphunktus. 

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