#232 Activist Music

We live in a charged political environment and though music is often seen as an escape, many composers have chosen to use their work to make a statement. From Ted Hearne’s The Source, based on the story of Chelsea Manning, the US Army Private who infamously leaked classified military documents to WikiLeaks in 2010 to … Continue reading #232 Activist Music

#221 Pianist/Composers

From Mozart and Chopin to Leonard Bernstein and Aaron Copland the composer-pianist is easy to trace through time. Now, in the 21st century, there is a resurgence in the tradition. Relevant Tones is examining the diverse composer-performer community from Philip Glass to Yiruma. Hosted by Seth BousteadProduced by Sarah Zwinklis Music Loose Changes by Jed DistlerQuattro … Continue reading #221 Pianist/Composers

#175 Bright Sheng

Chinese composer Bright Sheng grew up hearing traditional Chinese music but became fascinated by Western classical music. As a composer, he’s forged a highly successful career blending both sound worlds into a fascinatingly distinctive sonic identity. Bright Sheng: H’un Lacerations (excerpt) New York Chamber Symphony/Gerard Schwartz New World 80407 1:06 Sheng: Dance Capriccio Shanghai Quartet; … Continue reading #175 Bright Sheng

#132 Still Goldberg After All These Years

When harpsichordist Johann Gottlieb Goldberg asked Bach to write pieces for him to play to help a Saxon count get to sleep at night he could hardly have realized that he was playing a key role in creating music that would inspire audiences and musicians for centuries. Not only are the Goldberg Variations among the … Continue reading #132 Still Goldberg After All These Years