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Sacred Muses

Works by Byrd and Josquin might be divided by religion, but each represents the pinnacle of creative achievement within two very different schools of composition.

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Keeril Makan

Any Makan composition will show these features of regularity and resonance, as pulse and as a bloom of partials on the sound, whether this bloom comes directly from an instrument or reverberations.

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Celebrations from the Mediterranean

The challenge to the singer and listener is to nurture and hear the marriage of sound and silence in space or in a more practical sense, the marriage of music and liturgy.

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Bernard Rands

I put myself in touch with an area of myself that I would not otherwise be in touch with, and when I offer my music to an audience, I offer them the same opportunity to be in touch with an area of themselves that they wouldn’t otherwise be. That, for me, is the main role of music of all kinds. -Bernard Rands

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The Dark Hours

Faithful to the Tenebrae tradition, underlining the echo between voice and continuo, Lalande brings out feelings of penitence and delight, lamentation and hope in these “lessons of darkness”.

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Chaya Czernowin

Wintersongs wanted to grow. It was as if the original was a photograph on which I could first paint and then write, and later erase and even glue on diverse media.

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Chou Wen-chung

I am influenced by the philosophy that governs every Chinese artist, whether he be poet or painter, namely, affinity to nature in conception, allusiveness in expression, and terseness in realization.

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Heart & Breath

The wild vagaries of the heart unite the four works on this disparate first half, which preface Amy Beth Kirsten’s innovative interpretation of the commedia dell’arte.

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Reich + Bach

Reich made himself a student all over again and set out on another journey, to Israel. Tehillim (1981), his first explicitly Jewish piece, is his symphony of psalms.

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Tower + Bach

Falling out of euphony, the instruments are then set racing again. Another slowing brings back the scale, rising in broad octaves to a last bubbling torrent and a spacious close.

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Liza Lim

The ambiguities and iridescences of her music seem to derive from a keen, searching awareness of music’s basic qualities of sound and time.

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40 Years of Renaissance Polyphony

Though often creating textural clarity through the antiphonal grouping of three upper and three lower voices, Josquin’s motet is unusually dense in construction. Imitation is tightly woven, nearing true canon at times, and creates a musical canvas as huge and abstract as its subject matter.

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