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Modern Notebook for May 28, 2023

 Composer Stewart Goodyear.
Photo credit: Anita Zvonar.
Composer Stewart Goodyear.

On the next Modern Notebook with Tyler Kline: Composer and pianist Stewart Goodyear fell in love with the violin as soon as he was introduced to music, and actually wanted to be a concert violinist before becoming a pianist. He was also surrounded by all kinds of different sounds and styles of violin playing, and in his solo work - titled “Solo” - he creates a fusion and “tour” of the music he loved throughout his childhood.

Then, a piece by David Biedenbender that is inspired by a poem by Robert Fanning, which in turn is inspired by the art of Yayoi Kusama and a music video by Radiohead. The piece is called in a field of stars, and it’s music that is about how meaning is drawn from ambiguity.

Also featuring music by Alexia Riner, Bára Gísladóttir, Hideaki Aomori, Éna Brennan, Andy Akiho, Zosha di Castri, Gity Razaz, and others; and performances by pianist Robert Fleitz, violinist Miranda Cuckson, bass clarinetist Alicia Lee, Khemia Ensemble, and more.

Tune in Sunday night from 8 to 10 ET on Classical WSMR 89.1 and 103.9. Streaming at wsmr.org.

Hour 1

Varo’s Moon by Alexia Riner.

Anna Clyne’s Masquerade 

Solo: a suite for solo violin by Stewart Goodyear.

Bára Gísladóttir’s ÓS.

Split by Hideaki Aomori.

Éna Brennan’s Runaway.

Hour 2

Speaking Tree by Andy Akiho.

David Biedenbender’s in a field of stars.

Zosha Di Castri’s The Dream Feed.

Metamorphosis of Narcissus by Gity Razaz. 

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.