Cool Stuff I’m Listening To: August 6, 2011

This week, I listened to Nadia Sirota’s program on Q2 featuring winning music from “Roma, Roma Ma,” an Italian competition. Here is some of what I heard:

  • Gradus by Stephen Hartke, for violin, bass, bass clarinet, piano, percussion, cello. In the fall semester at the composition studio, we studied Stephen Hartke’s Wulfstan at the Millennium before seeing it performed by the USC Thornton Contemporary Music Ensemble. Wulfstan is also a wonderful work, and it had given me plenty of inspiration to explore timbre in the creation of an ensemble. I definitely recommend both of these pieces.
  • Visions and Miracles by Christopher Theofanidis, for string orchestra

I can’t also help but mention that I got my album from Kakande in the mail early this week…yay! It’s still in rotation too. (Yes, I am a CD lover, despite the fact that I happily own an iPod. Great album notes are gold!)

Happy listening!

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