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Say hello to Hammered!, Q2 Music's hour-long, weekday program devoted the extraordinary breadth and ever-evolving repertoire of music for keyboard. From concert grand to disklavier, synthesizer to clavichord, prepared piano to toy piano, Hammered! shares musical colors from ebony to ivory and every shade in between.

Say hello to Hammered!, Q2 Music's hour-long, weekday program devoted the extraordinary breadth and ever-evolving repertoire of music for keyboard. From concert grand to disklavier, synthesizer to clavichord, prepared piano to toy piano, Hammered! shares musical colors from ebony to ivory and every shade in between.
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Newark, NJ

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WNYC

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Say hello to Hammered!, Q2 Music's hour-long, weekday program devoted the extraordinary breadth and ever-evolving repertoire of music for keyboard. From concert grand to disklavier, synthesizer to clavichord, prepared piano to toy piano, Hammered! shares musical colors from ebony to ivory and every shade in between.

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@Q2music

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English

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WQXR c/o New York Public Radio 160 Varick Street, 8th floor New York, NY 10013 (646) 829-4000


Episodes

Born from Silence

6/10/2013
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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.

Duration:01:01:12

Hosting a New-Music Cliburn Competition

6/3/2013
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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.

Duration:01:02:27

The Many Musical Caps of Igor Stravinsky

5/27/2013
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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.

Duration:00:59:59

Runs in the Family

4/29/2013
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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.

Duration:01:03:28

Studying the Etude

4/22/2013
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Taking a page out of the great Nicholas Hodges' recent programatic playbook, this week we re-contextualize a handful of classic etudes by throwing in fistfuls of freshly composed ones, some so difficult only a machine can play them!

Duration:01:02:43

Frederic Rzewski Celebrates 75

4/19/2013
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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.

Duration:01:00:19

Group Dynamics

4/8/2013
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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.

Duration:01:00:08

Portrait Of The Artist

4/1/2013
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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.

Duration:01:02:46

Bach To The Future

3/25/2013
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Echoing the around-the-clock programming on WQXR's Bach 360 Festival, this week on Hammered!, we allow the great Baroque master Johann Sebastian Bach guide the musical conversation.

Duration:01:03:42

And Now For Something Completely Different ...

3/18/2013
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The timbral language of the harpsichord intriguingly connects the modern and pre-Classical eras. We explore that lineage by juxtaposing music from the Baroque era with more recently written scores, all composed for the harpsichord.

Duration:01:03:52

Stop, I'm Feeling Cyclical

3/11/2013
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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.

Duration:01:04:53

Conceptions of the Concept Album

3/4/2013
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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.

Duration:01:13:40

Also Sprach A Living Composer!

2/18/2013
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A counterpoint of instructive voices host this week on Hammered! as we pass the mic among a collection of composers who will introduce their own works for piano. Hear their musical secrets all week.

Duration:01:11:19

Songs With / Out Words

2/11/2013
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Differentiating the piano from other percussion instruments is partly, and perhaps most meaningfully, its ability to imitate the human voice.?This week the piano takes center stage in a series of one-instrument art song recitals.

Duration:01:02:39

When The Piano Isn't Enough ...

2/4/2013
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Late in his life, the famed Italian pianist and composer Ferruccio Busoni felt so straightjacketed by the tonal system that he said one of the only viable method of escape was the invention of new sounds through electronic instruments.

Duration:01:00:51

Studying the Etude

1/28/2013
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Taking a page out of the great Nicholas Hodges' recent programatic playbook, this week we re-contextualize a handful of classic etudes by throwing in fistfuls of freshly composed ones, some so difficult only a machine can play them!

Duration:01:02:21

All Things Ecstatic

1/21/2013
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The multi-dimension and ultra-collaborative Ecstatic Music Festival kicks off this Friday. To get into the mood, we not only survey music from the festival's composers, musicians and ensembles, but more generally embrace all things ecstatic.

Duration:01:02:21

Born from Silence

1/14/2013
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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.

Duration:01:01:26

Composing With The Nature Of Sound

1/7/2013
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Gerard Grisey had an almost tactile relationship to sound. This week on Hammered! we take a deep dive into the music of the spectral school.

Duration:01:03:00

Postnuclear Winterscenario

12/31/2012
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Here we are, pre-New Year and post-Mayan "apocalypse", confronted with another expiration of a calendar year. This week we ring in the New Year with the music of George Crumb.

Duration:01:03:53