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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

The Road Less Traveled

9/2/2013
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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.

Duration: 01:01:00


Piano Bands

8/12/2013
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Pianist David Friend continues his Hammered! residency with music for multiple pianos, featuring performances from the British piano sextet Piano Circus, as well as Friend's piano sextet Grand Band. Listen for music by Steve Reich, Kevin Volans and more.

Duration: 01:03:00


Evoking Images with Music

7/29/2013
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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, multifaceted images.

Duration: 01:04:00


Ah, the Etude

7/22/2013
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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 form.

Duration: 01:02:00


Musical Landscapes

7/15/2013
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Pianist-composer Conrad Tao continues his Hammered! residency with a week of keyboard music that's inspired by, or creates vast landscapes. Listen weekday mornings at 10 am for music by John Luther Adams, John Cage, Aaron Jay Kernis and more.

Duration: 01:01:00


Pianist-Composer Conrad Tao Hosts Hammered!

7/8/2013
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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.

Duration: 01:02:00


Music For A Summer Evening

6/24/2013
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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.

Duration: 01:03:00


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

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