A fundamental component of what separates the performance practice of contemporary music from earlier periods is the concept of extended techniques. We examine music that takes traditional piano writing as a starting point, but deviates from the...
Ah, the Etude
Ah, the etude – a subgenre all too familiar to pianists. This week on Hammered!, join pianist-composer Conrad Tao for etudes that not only test the technical abilities and boundaries of performers, but also test the limits and push the boundaries of...
Music For A Summer Evening
Nothing accompanies a sweated-through T-shirt and an oppressively humid summer evening like George Crumb, right? Get your dog day's musical antidote all week on Hammered! with summertime music not written by George Gershwin.
The Many Musical Caps of Igor Stravinsky
Igor Stravinsky's Rite of Spring turns 100 on Wednesday! Was there a bolder, more influential work in the 20th century? On the days surrounding Q2 Music's Rite Of Spring Fever, Hammered! covers his early, neo-Classical, and serial periods.
Runs in the Family
Family ties resemble teacher-student relations in weird ways. A student's music might "resemble" a teacher's style, or sometimes try very hard to disassociate itself. This week we sort through the branches of four different musical family trees.
Portrait Of The Artist
As a follow-up to our pianist profile series last fall, Hammered! presents a week's worth of hour-long musical portraits of some of the great pianists of the contemporary music world, including performances from the late Charles Rosen.
Conceptions of the Concept Album
The mark of a well-constructed album is that its individual parts form a greater whole, each work elevated through the connections made with adjacent tracks. Tune in this week on Hammered! for five such albums.
The Road Less Traveled
This week on Hammered! we queue up portions of Frederic Rzewski's epic musical novel The Road—in addition to a few driving playlists of our own—and provide five discrete soundtracks built for summer travel.
Evoking Images with Music
There is a deep descriptive tradition in music, a tradition that embraces art's ability to comment, observe, and depict. Join composer-pianist Conrad Tao this week to hear piano works by Claude Debussy, Michael Harrison and others that evoke colorful,...
Pledging Allegiance To Charles Ives
Charles Ives work is a mash-up of styles, a collage of cultural "found sounds", a reverence for the musical relics of our national history. This Fourth of July week, tune in for the piano-based repertoire of American music's great experimental pioneer.
Hosting a New-Music Cliburn Competition
The Van Cliburn International Piano Competition is without a doubt one of the most prestigious - and grueling - competitions in the world. This week, we increase the mean date of composition with a week-long new-music competition circuit.
In Their Own Words
When in doubt return to the source, especially when that source is Elliott Carter, David Lang, or other promoters of their own music. This week we let the artists do the talking with interspersed introductions by some of the decade's most prominent...
This week on Hammered! we explore the mountains of chamber music that includes piano(s), or, otherwise put, music for piano+. Hear music from Thomas Ades, Ezequiel Vinao, Benjamin Broening and many more.
Stop, I'm Feeling Cyclical
Almost all cogent musical structures are built on some kind of repetition or cycle. This week on Hammered! we decode the musical cycles behind some of the century's most fascinating architectural blueprints.
Happy Birthday, John Zorn
Maverick force of nature and New York new music fixture John Zorn turned 60 last week and the whole city is celebrating. This week on Hammered! we explore his tremendously varied keyboard output alongside the music of other modern musical mavericks.
Mechanical Music with David Friend
For the month of August, pianist David Friend of ensemble TRANSIT and the Bang on a Can Festival Ensemble guest hosts Hammered! Week One: Mechanical Music from John Adams, Donnacha Dennehy, Conlon Nancarrow and more.
Pianist-Composer Conrad Tao Hosts Hammered!
For the remainder of July, Q2 Music invites composer-pianist Conrad Tao to guest host Hammered! Listen at 10 am weekday mornings for a series of special episodes curated by Tao.
Born from Silence
What is it about the opening measures of Ludwig van Beethoven's Fifth Symphony, or Igor Stravinsky's The Rite of Spring that generates such intense musical magnetism? We explore how the starts of pieces impact the music that follows.
Pierre-Laurent Aimard's Contrapuntal World
Few pianists have impacted contemporary music more profoundly than the Frenchman Pierre-Laurent Aimard. Hear his insights and performances of Ives, Ligeti and Messiaen all week on Hammered!
Frederic Rzewski Celebrates 75
The composer-pianist tradition prevails in the early 21st century through Frederic Rzewski, who turns 75 on Saturday. Host Jed Distler returns to pay tribute to one of new music's iconic veterans.
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