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      The late Dean Drummond plays his invented instrument, the Zoomoozophone.

Credit @ Michelle V. Agins/New York Times

      The late Dean Drummond plays his invented instrument, the Zoomoozophone. Credit @ Michelle V. Agins/New York Times

      Invented Instruments

      This week we explore modern music performed on recycled materials. From Harry Partch’s “Quadrangularis Reversum,” to Dean Drummonds’ “Zoomoozophone,” many recent composers have forsaken traditional instruments in favor of their own invented apparatuses.

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      Seth interviews composer, Ilya Levinson, and cellist, Ian Maksin, in the WFMT studio.

      Seth interviews composer, Ilya Levinson, and cellist, Ian Maksin, in the WFMT studio.

      Ilya Levinson

      We sat down with composer, Ilya Levinson, to talk about his story as a composer in Chicago. The program also features live performances of Levinson’s works by cellist, Ian Maksin.

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      albums

      CD Grab Bag 2013

      Enjoy this eclectic variety of new music performed by the latest and greatest musicians. This program is straight from our mailbox to your ears.

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      The New York City skyline as seen from Ellis Island.

      The New York City skyline as seen from Ellis Island.

      Stravinsky and Schoenberg: The Past 100 Years, Part 3 of 3

      In our final exploration of the past 100 years of musical modernism, we take a look at composers who fit in neither the uptown nor the downtown traditions of composition.

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      Painting of Arnold Schoenberg

      Painting of Arnold Schoenberg

      Stravinsky and Schoenberg: The Past 100 Years, Part 2 of 3

      This week we take a look at the legacy of Arnold Schoenberg, who created a model of atonality that continues to influence modern composers in the present day.

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      Part of Nicholas Roerich's design for the original 1913 production of Le Sacre du Printemps.

      Part of Nicholas Roerich's design for the original 1913 production of Le Sacre du Printemps.

      Stravinsky and Schoenberg: The Past 100 Years, Part 1 of 3

      In part one of this three part series, we start with the first performance on the Le Sacre du Printemps, 100 years ago in 1913, and uncover the path that lead all the way to late 20th and 21st century minimalism.

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      New Artistic Director of the American Composers Orchestra, Derek Bermel

      New Artistic Director of the American Composers Orchestra, Derek Bermel

      American Composers Orchestra

      The American Composers Orchestra, under the new direction of Derek Bermel, is the only orchestra in the world dedicated solely to commissioning and performing music written by American composers.

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      Gyan Riley (guitar), Iva Bittova (voice/violin), Evan Ziporyn (clarinet)

      Gyan Riley (guitar), Iva Bittova (voice/violin), Evan Ziporyn (clarinet)

      Eviyan Trio

      Iva Bittova, Gyan Riley and Evan Ziporyn of the Eviyan Trio combine their influences from around the world to create a soundtrack for the 21st century global village.

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