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Modern Notebook for May 21, 2023

 Composer György Ligeti.
Photo credit: CoBroerse.
Composer György Ligeti.

Coming up on the next Modern Notebook with Tyler Kline: Kisetsu means “Seasons” in Japanese, and it is the title of this piece by Somei Satoh for orchestra. It’s a work composed in 1999 as part of the New York Philharmonic’s “Messages for the Millenium” Series, and while the message of the piece looks forward… There is also an ancient, meditative quality to this music.

Then, we’ll hear a masterwork of the 20th Century: Gyorgy Ligeti’s “Violin Concerto.” It’s a piece filled with rhythmic complexities, unconventional sounds from the orchestra, and sparkling harmonic figures in the violin.

Plus works by Yuanyuan He, Lei Liang, Reena Esmail, Layale Chaker, Emily Koh, Viet Cuong, and others; and performances by fivebyfive, vibraphonist Dame Evelyn Glennie, Conspirare with the Los Angeles Guitar Quartet, Brooklyn Rider, and more.

That’s Sunday night from 8 to 10 ET on Classical WSMR 89.1 and 103.9. Listen from anywhere in the world at wsmr.org.

Hour 1

Blue Curve of the Earth by Tina Davidson.

Yuanyuan (Kay) He’s BOKEH.

Lakescape I by Lei Liang.

Somei Satoh’s Kisetsu.

Nostalgia by Vincent Ho.

Reena Esmail’s When the Guitar.

Schisma by Caroline Shaw.

Hour 2

Night Songs by Helen Grime.

Layale Chaker’s Before Bloom.

Heteronym by Emily Koh.

Gyorgy Ligeti’s Violin Concerto.

Scaling Back by Viet Cuong.

Each week, Tyler Kline journeys into new territory and demystifies the music of living composers on Modern Notebook. Listen for a wide variety of exciting music that engages and inspires, along with the stories behind each piece and the latest releases from today’s contemporary classical artists. Discover what’s in store on Modern Notebook.

Tyler Kline is a composer whose music has been performed across the United States, and internationally in Canada, Brazil and Romania. His compositional interests encompass a wide variety of styles and mediums, from acoustic chamber and large ensemble works to electronic and electroacoustic music. A native of Kentucky, he earned his Master of Music degree in Composition from the University of South Florida. Learn more at tylerklinemusic.com.