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      Alarm Will Sound performing Logon Rock Witch by Aphex Twin (arr. Jonathan Newman)

      Alarm Will Sound performing Logon Rock Witch by Aphex Twin (arr. Jonathan Newman)

      A big trend in the 2000’s saw contemporary music ensembles commissioning composers not to write new pieces for them but to arrange music by pop artists. We’ll listen to music from two such collaborations: Alarm Will Sound performing arrangements of electronic musician Aphex Twin and Osso Quartet’s arrangements of indie pop superstar Sufjan Stevens.

      Sufjan Stevens: Year of the Snake (excerpt)
      1:37

      Sufjan Stevens (arr. Olivier Manchon): Year of the Snake
      Osso String Quartet
      5:06

      King Crimson (arr. Ziporyn): Epitaph
      Maya Beiser, vc.
      Innova 900
      8:37

      Philip Glass, Symphony No. 1, Low Symphony, I (excerpt)
      Brooklyn Philharmonic/Davies
      Point Music 438150
      3:38

      Beck (arr. Kahane): Mutilation Rag 2:08
      Ymusic
      2:09

      Kraftwerk: Pocket Calculator (excerpt)
      Kraftwerk
      :53

      Kraftwerk: Pocket Calculator
      Balanescu String Quartet
      3:50

      Sigur Rós (arr. Prutsman): Flugufrelsarinn
      Kronos Quartet
      Nonesuch 307452
      8:26

      Queen/Tolga Kashif: The Queen Symphony, III (Who Wants to Live Forever, Save Me)
      Royal Philharmonic/Tolga Kashif
      EMI 57395
      7:25

      Aphex Twin: Logon Rock Witch (excerpt)
      Aphex Twin
      :24

      Aphex Twin (arr. Jonathan Newman): Logon Rock Witch
      Alarm Will Sound
      Cantaloupe 21028
      3:10

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