What are you listening to today,
and what drew you to that particular piece, performer, or genre?

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Right now I'm listening to Janine Jansen - Szymanowski: Mythes

It's mystical and captivating and riveting.   I just "discovered" this superb violinist, Janine Jansen, and can't get enough of her playing.  Now I want the score for this music!

Janine Jansen - Szymanowski: Mythes

现在 - Xiànzài - (now) - I'm listening to Kim Margerum - nice tracks, and cool trumpet...

Today I've been listening to Caroline Adelaide Shaw, who just won the 2013 Pulitzer Prize for music!   Her four-movement piece for 8 voices, called "Partita", is an exciting mix of old and new, avant garde and traditional.   Well worth listening for any aspiring composer. 

Partita is a simple piece.
Born of a love of surface and structure,
of the human voice,
of dancing and tired ligaments,
of music,
and of our basic desire to draw a line from one point to another.

You can hear the entire piece here: Partita by Caroline Adelaide Shaw

Partita was inspired by Sol LeWitt’s Wall Drawing 305.

I can't get enough of this

Oh wow, Ray - I LOVE the Ligeti bagatelles!!!  And these performers are perfect!  They really show us how to play superbly, have fun and be creative, all at the same time.  Thanks so much for sharing this.   Now you have me hooked ...

Julie,

If you want more on these performers check this out

http://www.youtube.com/user/CarionProductions

One thing I am listening to is Rush, including the example linked below, written in 1980. Rush represents to me an example of where the great musicians of our day have gone to, instead of classical.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MdLUx_F2FUA

A couple of composers I've stumbled onto recently:

One is Mason Bates, who Michael Tilson Thomas has dubbed as one of the "American Mavericks". I really his enjoy his "Mothership", particularly the version performed by LSO and conducted by Tilson Thomas (link below)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N0K1kJOins4

 

The other is Christopher Theofanidis. I really like his "All Joy Wills Eternity" (link below)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oSoeW9qZWOA

Those are great pieces!   What fun to learn of composers who are new to me, and to love their work!  Thanks so much for sharing these, Robert.

Have you ever seen Michael Tilson Thomas in live concert?  He's one of my heros - superb conductor and superb communicator and teacher.  Have you ever listened to the MTT files?

Hi Robert : Thanks for sharing, I look forward to having a listen to the people you mentioned....

Robert Hunter said:

A couple of composers I've stumbled onto recently:

One is Mason Bates, who Michael Tilson Thomas has dubbed as one of the "American Mavericks". I really his enjoy his "Mothership", particularly the version performed by LSO and conducted by Tilson Thomas (link below)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N0K1kJOins4

 

The other is Christopher Theofanidis. I really like his "All Joy Wills Eternity" (link below)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oSoeW9qZWOA

I had a sudden urge to hear Revueltas!    Come go to Mexico with me ....  My favorite part is the tuba just sort of wandering around in tuba-land, or doubling the piccolo.   Talk about highs and lows!

Silvestre Revueltas: Homenaje a Federico García Lorca

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