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      Sonata Form Redux

      Sonata form is one of the oldest compositional structures in classical music but it’s being rediscovered, and in many cases repurposed, by contemporary composers. What is the lasting appeal? We’ll play music by four composers looking to the past for formal inspiration.

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      In the Field: Palermo

      We go In the Field to the rustic town of Palermo Italy for the International Rostrum of Composers where we heard a stunning array of new music by three generations of creative artists from around the world.   Musical Content Ian NG Ka-chun Performed Live by B3 Brouwer Trio at Auditorio del Conservatorio Superior “Hop […]

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      Starting from Scratch

      This week’s Relevant Tones focuses on composers who have tried to step outside the box, redefine their definitions of music, and start over without limitations. We’ll be examining the works of Alvin Lucier, Chris Preissing, James Tenney, Lou Harrison, and more. Musical Content Alvin Lucier: I am sitting in a room (excerpt) James Tenney: Cellogram William […]

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      Composer Cosmology

      As astrophysicists like Neil deGrasse Tyson learn more about the cosmos and present their often strange and wondrous findings to the public, the creative mind can’t help but be captivated and inspired, and composers are certainly no exception. From super strings to quarks, multiple dimensions to M theory, we’ll play several imaginative works by composers […]

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      The (R)evolution of Steve Jobs

      Composer Mason Bates brings Steve Jobs life story to the stage in Santa Fe Opera’s production of The (R)evolution of Steve Jobs. The opera combines expressive electronics with electric guitar, Bates’ signature rich orchestration and sleek lighting design for a truly modern experience. Musical Content Mason Bates: The (R)evolution of Steve Jobs Performed Live by […]

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      Bernard Rands

      Bernard Rands

      Composer Spotlight: Bernard Rands

      Pulitzer Prize winning composer, Bernard Rands shares his thoughts on his catalogue of over a hundred published works and recordings with Seth. From his 1963 premiere at Darmstadt to 1986 Kennedy Center Friedheim Award winning orchestral suites Le Tambourin, to his 2011  Chicago Symphony Orchestra commission, Danza Petrificada and beyond. Musical Content Bernard Rands Ursula […]

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      Soundward: Time Travel

      Over the years pop artists have been making the transition from guitar slaying Hair Rock to classical composers. Seth and Q2 Music’s Phil Kline feature musicians like Kip Winger, Billy Joel, Jonny Greenwood and Roger Waters. Why are they making the transition and does it work? Musical Content Paul Lansky Janus Trio “Prelude” :55   […]

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