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      String Quartet Plus…

      Ever since its creation by Haydn in the 18th century, the string quartet has been one of the preeminent vehicles for more musical innovation. This show features new directions for the string quartet, pairing the quartet with unusual other instruments like frame drum, alto flute and more. William Kraft: Music for String Quartet and Percussion, […]

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      "The fallboard of a Knabe grand piano made in around 1884" by Emeraldnabi is licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0

      "The fallboard of a Knabe grand piano made in around 1884" by Emeraldnabi is licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0

      Tickling the Ivories

      All music written for and adapted for piano. Seth features sneak previews upcoming releases from Bridge Records, including the latest Etudes from David Rakowski to new recordings from the acclaimed piano duo Quattro Mani. Hear the exotic sounds of an etude for talking piano to a piece featuring the unusual piano-like instrument, the celesta. David Rakowski […]

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      Bob and Kathleen Lombardo in 2013

      Bob and Kathleen Lombardo in 2013

      Rebroadcast: Robert Lombardo

      Robert Lombardo’s sixty years of compositions has made an extraordinary mark on the Chicago contemporary classical music scene. Relevant Tones on WFMT is remembering the late Kathleen Lombardo, whose poems inspired and are frequently the texts of many of Robert’s compositions.

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      The depiction of Medusa from painter Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio.

      The depiction of Medusa from painter Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio.

      Musical Mythology

      Seth talks with composer Stacy Garrop about the new recording of her Mythology Symphony inspired by Greek myths. Starting with the exhilarating piece Becoming Medusa, which tells the story of Medusa, a beautiful woman turned into a hideous monster, to the quiet sounds of Penelope Waits, the touching tale of a wife waiting for her […]

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      Composer Einojuhani Rautavaara died July 27, 2016 at the age of 87.

      Composer Einojuhani Rautavaara died July 27, 2016 at the age of 87.

      Remembering Einojuhani Rautavaara

      The great Finnish composer Einojuhani Rautavaara died on July 27, 2016.  He was easily the best-known and widely considered the greatest Finnish composer of his generation and he was the last living link to Jean Sibelius. We were lucky enough to interview him in his home in 2014 for the program In the Field: Finland. In […]

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      Soundward: The Best Through the Ages

      Back by popular demand! Seth welcomes Phil Kline, host on Q2 Music and composer who makes music in many genres and contexts, into a rousing debate and conversation about newly released music like Abrahamsen’s Let Me Tell You while rediscovering old favorites like Satie’s Portrait De Socrate. Another exciting installment of Soundward! Check out Phil Kline weekdays at […]

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      Image Credit: Alex Delfanne

      Image Credit: Alex Delfanne

      What is Wandelweiser?

      Originally a German musical creation, Wandelweiser is a kind of extreme minimalism that is fast becoming popular with composers around the world. We talk with two of its creators, Jürg Frey and Eva-Maria Houben, about the phenomenal growth of this movement. Jürg Frey: More or Less Normal a.pe.ri.od.ic 5:37 Frey: 60 Pieces of Sound (excerpt) […]

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