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Aware Awareness

An Interview with Yair Klartag By · Date 04/26/2017 · Title Image © Idan Zelikovich I met the composer Yair Klartag in 2011, when I moved into an apartment he was renting in the Swiss city of Basel. We studied composition there together under Georg Friedrich Haas. Even then, his music seemed lightyears ahead in […]

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Know The Land

Sung Jin Hong is the artistic director and conductor of the New York ensemble One World Symphony. In this playlist, he explores identity and idealism in music. Here is his introduction to the selection.   “What is it about Mignon that has captivated composers for over two centuries? More than 70 different composers have given voice […]

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Matchups

A Profile of Chung Yiu-kwong By · Date 03/30/2017 The melody from the hymn Dies Irae breaks the creamy quiet of a restaurant in upmarket Taipei, and the patrons raise their eyes from their waffles and cake and Vienna coffee. The disrupter of the mid-Thursday morning hush is Chung Yiu-kwong, Taiwan’s most noted classical composer, […]

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A Brexit Day Playlist

Music of Europe, Pacifism, and Time Title Image Sybren Stüvel (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0) · Date 03/30/2017 To celebrate the 75th birthday of Coventry-born composer Brian Ferneyhough, the Birmingham Contemporary Music Group has invited the pioneering Arditti Quartet to perform his music in the heart of the Midlands. Also featuring Oliver Janes on clarinet and the […]

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Lyric Engine

An Interview with Ashley Fure By · Title Image © Ross Karre · Date 03/30/2017 The American composer Ashley Fure writes music of a flickering and gorgeous intensity. Recently, she was in Marseille doing research for an upcoming work. We chatted via Skype about happy sonic accidents, alternative careers, and the state of diversity activism […]

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#pieces Issue 50

#pieces Issue 50 …we’re reading, listening to, and putting together. What’s going on with John Adams’s Twitter lately? In Lolita, Humbert Humbert says, “You can always count on a murderer for a fancy prose style.” It’s a hilarious line—far funnier than anything in Alejandro L. Madrid’s article, which simply makes a reasonable point about tokenism […]

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A #HearAllComposers Playlist

A Small Selection of Music by Women By VAN Team · Date 03/23/2017 On March 21, musicians and music lovers who desired more diverse orchestral programming took to Twitter with the hashtag #HearAllComposers, to encourage symphony orchestras to program music by non-male and non-white composers. The hashtag came largely from the efforts of Emma O’Halloran, […]

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Moderate Anarchy

An Interview with Sigiswald Kuijken By · Title Image ANNE VANAERSCHOT · Date 03/23/2017 The Belgian baroque violinist, violoncello da spalla player, and conductor Sigiswald Kuijken was born in 1944 near Brussels. His way of playing early music makes the continuing modern-style performances of many works seem, at least to my ears, completely irrelevant.When I […]

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An Arthur Kampela Playlist

Frictions and Utopian Mixtures Title Image © KAI BIENERT · Date 03/16/2016 To celebrate the 75th birthday of Coventry-born composer Brian Ferneyhough, the Birmingham Contemporary Music Group has invited the pioneering Arditti Quartet to perform his music in the heart of the Midlands. Also featuring Oliver Janes on clarinet and the conductor Emilio Pomarico, a […]