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Classical Classroom

Classical Classroom, Episode 83: Nico Muhly Speaks Volumes About Listening To New Classical Music

How is listening to new classical music different than listening to classical classics?


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Composer Nico Muhly
Composer Nico Muhly. Photo by Matthew Murphy. Courtesy of artist’s website.

This week, composer Nico Muhly is premiering a brand new work, How Little You Are, in Austin. He talks about the classical (or, concert) music world’s premiering process, and about how and why listening to classical music golden oldies is different than listening to a new work, about the inspiration for his new piece, and of course, about Prince.

Music in this episode:
– Mozart: Magic Flute. Conducted by John Eliot Gardiner.
– Bach: Magnificat. 
– Stravinsky: Petrouchka. Michael Tilson Thomas conducts the Philharmonia Orchestra.
– Joni Mitchell: A Case of You (from Blue)
– Prince: A Case of You (from A Tribute to Joni Mitchell)
– Nico Muhly: Sensational Calligraphic Scribble / Amor Nos Une / Room Song (from Object Songs)
– Philip Glass: Koyaanisqatsi (from Koyaanisqatsi – Life Out of Balance motion picture score)
– Nico Muhly: Mothertongue Pt. 1: Archive (from Mothertongue)

Audio production by Todd “TIE fighter” Hulslander with lightsaber skills by Dacia Clay. Editing by Mark DiClaudio.

For more about Nico Muhly:

For more about Nico’s world premiere – happening this Saturday (4/18/15) at Bass Concert Hall at the University of Texas – go here:…uhly-austin.