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Responsorium 9/11

Sunday, September 11, 2011

WNYC

Listen to Pulitzer-prize winning John Adams’ - “On the Transmigration of Souls,” written for the first anniversary of the attacks.  Then there's Michael Gordon’s “The Sad Park,” made from the electronically manipulated voices of children who witnessed the World Trade Center attack, and premiered in September of 2006.  Plus, an excerpt from Robert Moran’s brand-new “Trinity Requiem,” featuring the Trinity Youth Chorus.   

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WQXR Blog

Composer John Adams Reflects on Pulitzer Work, Public 'Overreaction' to Sept. 11

Wednesday, September 07, 2011

Composer John Adams, looking back at On the Transmigration of Souls, his 2002 piece remembering Sept. 11, expresses satisfaction with the work's success, but also concerns about the public's "orgy of self pity."

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Q2 Music

A Musical Memory Space

Friday, August 12, 2011

John Adams was one of the first major composers to take on the challenge of writing a work to commemorate the events of September 11, 2001. His Pulitzer Prize-winning work On the Transmigration of Souls is something of a sound collage, performed by orchestra and choirs along with pre-recorded ambient sound: we hear a voice reading names of people who were lost in the towers, the choirs singing reminiscences of their family members.

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WQXR Features

Decade 9/11: Responses in Classical Music

Sunday, August 07, 2011

Writing a piece about a major disaster, war or other crisis is one of the bigger challenges a composer may face. In this guide to pieces about September 11, we explore how every composer faced a specific hurdle and how they arrived at a given solution.

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New Sounds

Preaching to the Choir (Encore Edition)

Thursday, August 04, 2011

The only show that could ever reach you, would be the one built around the voice of preachers. And that's what we'll hear on this episode of New Sounds. There's Steve Reich's classic "It's Gonna Rain," when he stumbled upon the out-of-sync patterns created with two cheap tape recorders, playing back the voice of a preacher man.

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Cued Up

Primal Counterpoint

Sunday, July 31, 2011

Rhythm is often experienced in a very primal way, and perhaps it is because of its organic presence within our own existence. This week's Cued Up orbits around the rhythms of composers Andy Akiho, John Adams, Daniel Wohl, Julian Day and Filippo Perocco.

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New Sounds

New Music for Electric Violin

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Listen to compositions for electric violin on this New Sounds program.  We'll hear Nico Muhly's Seeing Is Believing, a concerto for electric violin, which features the Aurora Orchestra and Thomas Gould on electric six-string violin, Also, we'll hear music by John Adams from his work, "The Dharma At Big Sur" - "Sri Moonshine" for electric violin and orchestra. It's an homage to the beat poets and to minimalists, like Terry Riley, with its Eastern-tinged strings and shimmering suspended chords.  Plus, other works.

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The New Canon

John Adams's Rib

Monday, July 11, 2011

John Adams, the composer of Nixon in China and Doctor Atomic, is having a banner summer. Soprano Jessica Rivera and flutist Eric Lamb enter The New Canon to discuss his powerful and potent allure.

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Q2 Music

Spring Fever: Music in Time of War

Thursday, May 12, 2011

Artists have often used their art as a means of making sense of the horrors of war and taking a political stance: from Salvador Dalí's painting Face of War to Kryzstof Penderecki's string orchestra work Threnody for the Victims of Hiroshima. On May 12 as part of Carnegie Hall's Spring for Music Festival, the Oregon Symphony takes the stage and presents a program titled Music for a Time of War featuring cornerstone works by John Adams, Charles Ives, Benjamin Britten and Ralph Vaughn Williams.

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Operavore

Two Adams Combine their Ribs for an Operatic Eve

Friday, April 01, 2011

Earlier this morning it was announced that composers John Adams and John Luther Adams will be collaborating on an opera—the former’s seventh and the latter’s first. Their proposed subject matter? An opera based on the life of Sarah Palin.

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Top 5 @ 105

Top Five Works About American Presidents

Thursday, February 17, 2011

It’s unfortunate to think that Washington’s and Lincoln’s birthdays were conflated into one Presidents’ Day, but on the other hand, it does give an excuse to celebrate all America’s leaders. Here are a top five.

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Metropolitan Opera

Adams's Nixon in China

Saturday, February 12, 2011

John Adams's landmark 1987 opera tells the story of Richard Nixon's 1972 visit to China and his meeting with Mao Tse-tung. On today's broadcast, James Maddalena reprises his landmark role as the disgraced former president while the composer leads from the pit.

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Hammered!

Piano Casserole

Monday, January 24, 2011

A lot to digest last week, no? The Ecstatic Music Festival marathon gave us a taste of its "multi-genre" offerings, performer-composers flourished in unique collaborations, and Q2 was blarring John Adams's El Niño, which typically ends with head-banging to "Shake The Heavens." This week on Hammered!, too much of last week's good things means reheating the uneaten pianistic highlights and serving them anew.

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WQXR Features

Nixon in China: An Insider's Perspective

Monday, January 24, 2011

U.S. diplomat Winston Lord had a nearly four-decade long relationship with China, including a front-row seat to the historic 1972 meeting between Nixon and Mao, the subject of John Adams’ opera Nixon in China. The opera has its Met premiere on Wednesday.

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Q2 Music

John Adams' Operatorios

Monday, January 17, 2011

In advance of the Metropolitan Opera premiere of John Adams' opera Nixon in China Q2 is presenting all four of his operas as well as his one oratorio, El Niño, every night this week at 7 pm.

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Hammered!

The Third Law of Classical Mechanics

Monday, January 10, 2011

Music is historically a very reactive material: Renaissance motets paraphrased liturgical chants; sonata structures were modeled on Mozartean tonal schemes; "Choral" symphonies were (at least) a century-long preoccupation. This week Hammered! investigates musical actions and reactions in the modern era, showcasing compositional "causes" and "effects".

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Hammered!

A New Year In New Music

Monday, January 03, 2011

With annual retrospectives tapering off and best-of lists becoming so-last-year, it's time to ratchet our sights 180 degrees and look ahead to a new year in new music. This week on Hammered! we'll supply the soundtrack to a coordinated survey of 2011's contemporary music highlights in New York City.

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Hammered!

That Time Of Year Again ...

Monday, December 27, 2010

As the New Year looms and another 365 day cycle prepares to reset, we at Hammered! started thinking -- as any good contemporary music show should -- about John Adams. To what clock does music like his set its watch? This week Hammered! investigates by offering piano works that confront notions of time-ticking and temporal organization. 

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New Sounds

New Approaches to Orchestral and Chamber Music

Saturday, August 21, 2010

We’ll hear some new approaches to orchestral, choral, and chamber music on this New Sounds.  Listen for conventional classical instruments with overdubs, processed orchestral music with an electronic sheen, gentle glowing choral music, classical music ringtones, and hi-tech as applied to chamber music. 

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Studio 360

You'll Love This

Monday, June 21, 2010

This weekend saw the opening of 'I am Love,' an Italian film directed by Luca Guadagnino and starring Tilda Swinton (performing in Italian). It's beautiful to watch, but what's really exciting is how beautiful it sounds.

Pulitzer prize-winning composer John Adams is the source for ...

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