Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Q2 announces new shows

Q2, already the leading Internet radio station for new music, has announced a series of new and returning shows.

Among the new shows is Mixtape, airing from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday and 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday. Q2 explains, "What is the sound of 21st century classical music? What does it mean to be a composer in an age that’s seemingly post-everything? Every week on Mixtapes, Q2 Music asks one of today’s active and 'big A' Artists to weigh in and choose an hour of music that they find particularly compelling in today’s exciting new-music climate. Read testimonies from the artists themselves and stream past shows on-demand."

Monday, April 9, 2012

Free download of Judd Greenstein piece

The Minnesota Orchestra is offering a free download of a new four movement piece by Judd Greenstein, "Acadia." Well worth a listen. (Via Nico Muhly on Twitter).

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

William Duckworth has written a piano concerto

Exciting news from one of my favorite composers, William Duckworth. Pianist Bruce Brubaker  persuaded Duckworth to compose a piano concerto, and Duckworth has finished the project.

Duckworth reports that "Big Piano" has seven movements and is 24 minutes long. No word yet on performances or a recording. More here.

Some of Duckworth's best pieces are for the piano (including, obviously, the "Time Curve Preludes," which have been recorded by Brubaker, Andy Lee and Neely Bruce) so I eagerly look forward to hearing the concerto.

Monday, April 2, 2012

Andy Lee hopes you get the joke now

My wife and I were driving home silently Sunday after doing some shopping when I suddenly exclaimed, "It's an April Fool's joke!"

Earlier Sunday, I had been surprised by pianist R. Andrew Lee's Twitter announcement, "I am pleased to announce that this summer, with @Hedgehogmusic, I'll be recording all three of the Boulez sonatas!"

Wow, I thought, maybe I hadn't given Boulez his due. I always thought Andy and I liked the same stuff -- I discovered him on the Internet years ago because of his interest in William Duckworth's "The Time Curve Preludes" -- so I was startled that he was recording music I loathed Then again, people change, and I've been listening to more twelve-tone music lately (my "tutor" on this has been Boom) so maybe Andy was evolving in his tastes, too ...  Not that I've suddenly acquired a taste for Boulez, I brooded.

Then it suddenly dawned on me that Sunday was April 1.

On Monday, Mr. Lee fessed up. "Just to be clear, I've no intention of recording the Boulez Sonatas. Sorry if I got anyone's hopes up. #AprilFools"

The decidedly minimalist and postminimalist Lee now says, " I realized shortly after that tweet that you'd have to know what I do for that to be funny ... My wife always gets on me for my sarcasm being too subtle. I suppose that goes for all my humor. :)"