Contemporary Classical Music
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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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      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.

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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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