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Classical Classroom, Episode 210: Derek Bermel on Travels with Bartok

Close your eyes and travel to exotic new lands! (Package includes getting lost, being alienated, and feeling homesick.)

Classical Classroom, Episode 210: Derek Bermel on Travels with Bartok

Derek Bermel, courtesy of his website.

Show Notes

Academy Award-winning composer and clarinetist Derek Bermel does a lot of traveling, soaking up the musical traditions as he goes. His recent album, Migrations, received a Grammy nomination in the Best Contemporary Classical Composition category. In this episode, Bermel teaches about composer Bela Bartok who inspired one of the pieces on the album. Bartok moved from his native Hungary to New York City at the outset of World War II, and while a lot of great music came out of his journey, his is also a really human story about being a stranger in a strange land. Bermel also talks about the migration of his own European Jewish family and how it influenced his work.

All music in this episode is from Derek Bermel’s album, Migrations, available on Naxos.
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