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Hammered!

Runs in the Family

Monday, March 17, 2014

Family ties resemble teacher-student relations in weird ways. A student's music might "resemble" a teacher's style, or sometimes try very hard to disassociate itself. This week on Hammered! we sort through the branches of four different musical family trees.

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Hammered!

Timing Is Everything

Monday, December 30, 2013

One cycle ends, another begins, ushering in new priorities, new methods of organization, and probably a renewed gym membership. This week on Hammered! we honor this most momentous of metronome clicks with piano music that uniquely addresses the question of time and the temporal.

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The Brothers Balliett

Five Takes on the Voice

Thursday, September 05, 2013

In the last fifty-or-so years, composers have explored an exceptionally wide range of expression in music for solo voice. Today at 3 pm, the Brothers Balliett feature vocal music by Milton Babbitt, Harrison Birtwistle and Philip Glass.

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The Brothers Balliett

Summer Symphony Series #3

Thursday, August 08, 2013

For the third installment of their 4-part Summer Symphony Series, the Brothers Balliett feature orchestral music of German composer Hans Werner Henze and American composer Milton Babbitt. Listen today at 3 pm.

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The Brothers Balliett

America the Dissonant

Thursday, July 04, 2013

America's the birthplace of plenty of musical styles, from jazz to hip-hop to minimalism, and today American music is as varied as its human landscape. Let's celebrate the Fourth with some home-grown American tunes. Fire up that B-B-Q.

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Hammered!

Runs in the Family

Monday, April 29, 2013

Family ties resemble teacher-student relations in weird ways. A student's music might "resemble" a teacher's style, or sometimes try very hard to disassociate itself. This week on Hammered! we sort through the branches of four different musical family trees.

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Hammered!

Family Trees

Monday, May 07, 2012

Did you know that Stephen Sondheim was a pupil of Milton Babbitt? Or that Cage studied with Schoenberg? This week we tease out the often unexpected musical relationships between some of the last century's greatest pedagogues and their students.

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New Sounds

Post-Jazz

Sunday, June 19, 2011

What do you get when you infuse driving rock rhythms and cover songs, along with folk traditions of several countries together and put it in the hands and horns of jazz players?  Well, for this New Sounds, we'll call it "post-jazz."  Folks like The Bad Plus make this music, having fun by covering songs by Yes or Rush, and upping the fun quotient even more by doing arrangements of songs by Ligeti and Stravinsky. 

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Cued Up

League of Extraordinary Gentlemen

Sunday, February 06, 2011

This week on Cued Up on Q2, we continue to celebrate the uncompromising vision of the late Milton Babbitt with a New York premiere of one of his most mesmerizing and compelling string works, Transfigured Notes (1986), along with premieres by Elliott Carter, Joan Tower and So Percussion's Jason Treuting.

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WQXR Blog

We're Listening

Friday, February 04, 2011

In this special show, Q2 explores the work of the composer Milton Babbitt, who passed away on Jan. 29 at age 94. Included are many longtime Babbitt colleagues, students and fellow composers whose lives he's touched.

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Q2 Music

New, Old, and Unexpected with Milton Babbitt

Wednesday, February 02, 2011

This two-hour, 70th-birthday celebratory episode of WNYC host Tim Page's groundbreaking series New, Old and Unexpected is the culmination of Q2's archival look at the life and times of recently deceased composer and pedagogue Milton Babbitt. This immersive, unparalleled interview with the seminal 20th century composer paves the way for host Nadia Sirota's exploration Friday at 8 p.m. on Q2 of how Babbitt forever changed our contemporary musical landscape and language.

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Q2 Music

Composers' Forum: Milton Babbitt

Tuesday, February 01, 2011

In this 1973 interview from the WNYC archives, Milton Babbitt speaks with legendary announcer Martin Bookspan. Included are live concert recordings of performances that were not commercially available at the time.

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Q2 Music

Remembering the Composer: Milton Babbitt

Monday, January 31, 2011

As opinions from across the spectrum of musically-minded come in about the passing of Milton Babbitt's passing, we thought we'd launch Q2's audio coverage with a 1985 Meet the Composer interview of Milton Babbitt with longtime WNYC host Tim Page. Listen Friday evening at 8 p.m for Q2 host Nadia Sirota's deep audio rich dive into the life and music of Milton Babbitt, with insights from many of Babbitt's closest colleagues, collaborators and students.

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WQXR Features

Milton Babbitt, Avant-Garde Composer, Dies at 94

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Milton Babbitt, a composer known for his staggeringly complex yet lucid, jazzy and occasionally humorous work, died on Saturday in Princeton, NJ. He was 94.

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