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New Sounds

Bells, Mallets, and Winds

Monday, June 23, 2014

This New Sounds is chock-a-block full of unusually textured new music, featuring some percussion-based works and other recent arrivals which may or may not incorporate wind families of clarinet, saxophone, bassoon, and then add to that hammered dulcimer, zither, marimba and/or accordion.

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New Sounds

Unusual Uuses of the Voice

Thursday, March 06, 2014

Listen to other ways of making music with the human voice on this New Sounds.  Hear music that occupies the space between speech and song by the late American composer Robert Ashley (he passed away this past Monday), responsible for the development of video- or television-operas. Revisit his work, “The Backyard,” featuring keyboard, tabla, and the composer’s voice, which is perhaps a comic opera about reincarnation (touching on bank robbery, cocktail lounges, geriatric love, adolescent elopement) and includes camera directions, because after-all, it is a “television-opera.”

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New Sounds

Robert Ashley, In Memoriam

Wednesday, March 05, 2014

Robert Ashley, composer of 20th and 21st century opera, died this past Monday at the age of 83. To mark his passing, we revisit this New Sounds program from September 30, 1991.

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New Sounds

“What's Opera, (Doc)?”

Saturday, September 15, 2012

If the central idea of opera is people singing, then why are these pieces still called operas?  We’ll hear music from Laurie Anderson ’s “United States,” Robert Ashley’s “Perfect Lives,” and Philip Glass’s “Einstein On The Beach.”

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New Sounds

Bells, Mallets, and Winds

Sunday, August 19, 2012

This New Sounds is chock-a-block full of unusually textured new music, featuring some percussion-based works and other recent arrivals which may or may not incorporate wind families of clarinet, saxophone, bassoon, and then add to that hammered dulcimer, zither, marimba and/or accordion.

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New Sounds

“What's Opera, (Doc)?”

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

If the central idea of opera is people singing, then why are these pieces still called operas?  We’ll hear music from Laurie Anderson ’s “United States,” Robert Ashley’s “Perfect Lives,” and Philip Glass’s “Einstein On The Beach.”

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New Sounds

Bells, Mallets, and Winds

Monday, August 15, 2011

This New Sounds is chock-a-block full of unusually textured new music, featuring some percussion-based works and other recent arrivals which may or may not incorporate wind families of clarinet, saxophone, bassoon, and then add to that hammered dulcimer, zither, marimba and/or accordion.

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New Sounds

Program #723

Wednesday, August 04, 2004

This New Sounds program from September 30, 1991 was the first time "television-opera" composer Robert Ashley had visited the WNYC studios. His work is widely considered to be the pre-cursor of "music-television," since, according to Ashley, "many more people watch television than go the opera." Together, he and host John Schaefer discuss his work "Improvement (Don leaves Linda)", the reissue of his opera, the Kitchen-commissioned "Perfect Lives," in conjunction with the publication of opera's libretto as a book, and other projects on the horizon.

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New Sounds

Program #723

Monday, September 30, 1991

This New Sounds program from September 30, 1991 was the first time “television-opera” composer Robert Ashley had visited the WNYC studios. His work is widely considered to be the pre-cursor of "music-television," since, according to Ashley, “many more people watch television than go the opera.” Together, he and host John ...

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