NonPop Show 074

Program Notes:
(running time – approx. 34 min.)

“That the Night Come – The Night Birds” by Donnacha Dennehy
Grá agus Bás
Nonesuch

“Stories of the Unknown” by Lukas Ligeti
Afrikan Machinery
Tzadik

“33 Samra Zabobra” by Carlos Stasi
The Persistence of Past Chemistries (Ethos Percussion Group)
The Orchard

NonPop Show 073

Program Notes:
(running time – approx. 46 min.)

“Tower” by Maryanne Amacher
Sound Characters
Tzadik

“Requiem” by Gavin Bryars
Cadman Requiem
Philips

“Black Angels – Return” by George Crumb
Black Angels: Kronos Quartet
Nonesuch

“September Canons” by Ingram Marshall
Ingram Marshall: September Canons
New World Records

“In Time Of” by Steven Sametz
Chanticleer: Colors of Love
Teldec

Anne Midgette on Why to Care About Minimalism


Minimalism is a frustratingly incorrect term for a compositional approach that developed in the second half of the 20th century and that, in hindsight, turns out to be the most important contribution the United States has made to the field of composition. “Minimalism” is a flawed term because most of the composers associated with it — notably Steve Reich and Philip Glass — reject it.

(from Today’s Zaman)

Well, that’s one way to look at it.

Composers are the last ones to want to be reduced to a label of any kind, so I’d be reluctant to base the validity of a label on their good opinion. I find that most composers reject *any* label put on them. Everyone wants to be a special flower, right?

NonPop Show 072

Program Notes:
(running time – approx. 34 min.)

“Ontslaan” by Larry Polansky
The World’s Longest Melody
New World Records

“Soundings for a New Piano” by Ann Southam
Ann Southam: Soundings for a New Piano
Irritable Hedgehog