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2009
Jan    Feb    Mar    April    May    June    July    Aug    Sept    Oct    Nov    Dec


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December 2009
Featured Composers
Maurice Ravel (1875-1937), French
Max Steiner (1888-1971), Austrian-American
Harry Partch  (1901-1974), American
William Walton  (1902-1983), British
Ástor Piazzolla (1921-1992), Argentinian
Magnus Lindberg (1958-     ), Finnish
Bruce Roter (1962-    ), American
Sarah Horick (1984-     ), American
Edward Wright (1980-    ), English

Featured Recordings
Libby Larsen  -  Sym No. 4; Songs of Light & Love; Songs from Letters (Koch)    also    CD Review  &  sample audio files
John Psathas  -  Fragments (HRL Morrison Music Trust)    also    CD Review  &  sample audio files

Composer Portraits
Witold Lutosławski in Conversation with Charles Amirkhanian
An Interview with Pianist Gwendolyn Mok: Ravel Revealed (Capital Public Radio/MSR Classics) - check  here  for text version
Ann Southam @ The Composer's Chair (Canadian Music Centre)

Pytheas Sightings
49th Parallel (1941)  -  Music by Ralph Vaughan Williams  - Film by Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger
December (2009)  -  Music by Ástor Piazzolla  -  Film by Jamie Ward

Danses Pytheuses
Sea (2008) (from “Out of Place”)  -  Music by Iva Bittová  -  Choreography by Wendy Osserman
Trapeze (1924)  -  Music by Sergei Prokofiev  -  Choreography by Natalia Ryzhenko
Winter Fragments (2008)  -  Music by John Cage  -  Choreography by Deborah Graham

Week of December 1, 2009
Featured Video Performance    Ástor Piazzolla: Nightclub 1960 (1985)
Featured Video Performance    Harry Partch: Delusions of the Fury, part 2 (1966)
Featured Pytheas Earful    Maija Hynninen: MOI! (2008)
Featured Ensemble    Pendulum New Music (Univ of Colorado at Boulder, CO, USA)
Featured Festival or Item    The Orchestra 60x60 (@ VoxNovus)
Featured Thoughts & Ideas    He's Dropped the Chains, But Not the Vision (Jeremy Eichler, The Boston Globe)

Week of December 7, 2009
Featured Video Performance    Aulis Sallinen: Dream Songs, op. 30 (1973), nos. 3 & 4
Featured Video Performance    Bohuslav Martinů: Symphony No. 4 (1945), 2nd mvt
Featured Pytheas Earful    Edward Wright: Postcards from Home (2007)
Featured Ensemble     New London Chamber Choir (NLCC) (London, England)
Featured Festival or Item    Foundation for Modern Music (Houston, Texas, USA)
Featured Thoughts & Ideas    On Sewing Machines and Self-Expression (Lisa Bielawa, Andante.com)

Week of December 14, 2009
Featured Video Performance    Maurice Ravel: Piano Concerto in G (1931), 1st mvt
Featured Video Performance    Judith Zaimont: Borealis (from Sky Curtains) (1984)
Featured Pytheas Earful    Mark Gresham: Mortal Coils (2009)
Featured Ensemble    Edinburgh Contemporary Music Ensemble (University of Edinburgh, Scotland, UK)
Featured Festival or Item    GR Music - New Art Music
Featured Thoughts & Ideas    William Walton: The Enfant Terrible of Oldham (Bayan Northcott, The Independent)

Week of December 21, 2009
Featured Video Performance    Danny Elfman: Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)
Featured Video Performance    Dmitri Tiomkin: It’s a Wonderful Life (1946)
Featured Pytheas Earful    Tracy Rush: Angels in the Snow (1998)
Featured Ensemble    Paragon Ensemble (Glasglow, Scotland, UK)
Featured Festival or Item    Spacial Music Collective (world wide web)
Featured Thoughts & Ideas    Ástor Piazzolla: Chronology of a Revolution (Jorge Pessinis & Carlos Kuri, piazzolla.org)

Week of December 28, 2009
Featured Video Performance    Norman Dello Joio: Jubilant Song (1945)
Featured Video Performance    Maurice Ravel: Sonata for Violin and Cello (1920-22)
Featured Pytheas Earful    Sergei Prokofiev: Symphony No. 5 (1944), Allegro marcato
Featured Ensemble    Land's End Chamber Ensemble (Calgary, Alberta, Canada)
Featured Festival or Item    Outpost Performance Space (Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA)
Featured Thoughts & Ideas    Tan Dun Talks on Water (Brett Campbell, Andante.com)


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November 2009
Featured Composers
Witold Lutoslawski  (1913-1994), Polish
Samuel Barber  (1910-1981), American
Heitor Villa-Lobos (1887-1959), Brazilian
Nino Rota  (1911-1979), Italian
Richard Danielpour (1956-     ), American
Ann Southam (1937-    ), Canadian
Barbara Harbach (1950-     ), American
Zbyněk Matějů (1958-    ), Czech
J. Anthony Allen (1978-   ), American

Featured Recordings
Barbara Harbach  -  Music of Barbara Harbach, Vol. 4 – Chamber Music II (MSR)    also    CD Review  &  sample audio files
Dan Locklair  -  Orchestra Music (Naxos)    also    CD Review  &  sample audio files

Composer Portraits
Igor Stravinsky  -  Igor Stravinsky: Composer/Janos Darvas, 2001
Elliott Carter in Conversation with Steven Stucky
Witold Lutosławski in Conversation with Charles Amirkhanian

Pytheas Sightings
Henry V (1944)  -  Music by William Walton  -  Film by Sir Laurence Olivier
Now, Voyager (1942)  -  Music by Max Steiner  -  Film by Irving Rapper

Danses Pytheuses
Adrift in Softness (2007)  -  Music by Alva Noto and Ryuichi Sakamoto   -  Choreography by Patrick Delcroix
Ibbur, or a Prague Mystery (2005)  -  Music by Zbyněk Matějů  -  Choreography by Petr Zuska
Sea (2008) (from “Out of Place”)  -  Music by Iva Bittová  -  Choreography by Wendy Osserman

Week of November 2, 2009
Featured Video Performance    Witold Lutoslawski: Chain 1 (1983)
Featured Video Performance    Charles Ives: Piano Sonata No. 2, Concord (1909-1915), mvt 4 - "Thoreau"
Featured Pytheas Earful    Dmitri Tymoczko: Fools and Angels (2004)
Featured Ensemble    Fifth Tier New Music Ensemble (Boston, Massachusetts, USA)
Featured Festival or Item    American Composers Alliance (New York, New York, USA)
Featured Thoughts & Ideas    Gettin Jiggy With Stravinsky (The Wake)

Week of November 9, 2009
Featured Video Performance    Samuel Barber: Violin Concerto (1940), mvt 3
Featured Video Performance    Ann Southam: Rivers No. 8 (1979-81)
Featured Pytheas Earful    Mason Bates: Seismology (2008)
Featured Ensemble     Elinor Frey, cellist (Montreal, Canada)
Featured Festival or Item    Music Academy Online
Featured Thoughts & Ideas    Musical Ode to Hank Aaron, Jackie Robinson & Josh Gibson ... (Martin Steinberg, Associated Pr)

Week of November 16, 2009
Featured Video Performance    Heitor Villa-Lobos: Bachianas Brasileiras No. 1 (1930) - Prelůdio
Featured Video Performance    Edgard Varčse: Tuning Up, orchestra (1947)
Featured Pytheas Earful    Libby Larsen: Deep Summer Music (1982)
Featured Ensemble    ensemble recherche (Freiburg im Breisgau, Germany)    also     here
Featured Festival or Item    MATA Festival (Brooklyn, NY)  -  April 19-22, 2010
Featured Thoughts & Ideas    Brain Disease Shaped Boléro (John Whitfield, Nature)

Week of November 23, 2009
Featured Video Performance    Richard Danielpour: Margaret Garner (2005)
Featured Video Performance    Karen Amrhein: Princes Paliné (2007/2009)
Featured Pytheas Earful    Ann Southam: In Retrospect, piano (2004)
Featured Ensemble    Present Music (Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA)
Featured Festival or Item    Masterpiece's of 20th-Century Tape Music (Columbia University, New York, NY, USA)
Featured Thoughts & Ideas    Samuel Barber: American's Composer (Paul Varnell, Chicago Free Press/Independent Gay Forum)



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October 2009
Featured Composers
Charles Ives (1874-1954), American
Gyorgy Ligeti  (1923-2006), Hungarian
Alberto Ginastera (1916-1983), Argentinian
John Tavener  (1944-     ), British
Stephen Paulus (1949-     ), American
Marta Ptaszyńska (1943-    ), Polish-American
Alex Shapiro (1962-    ), American
Ge Gan-ru (1954-     ), Chinese
David Sartor (1956-    ), American

Featured Recordings
Bright Sheng  -  The Phoenix, and other works (Naxos)    also    CD Review  &  sample audio files
Ann Southam  -  Simple Lines of Enquiry (2008) (Centredisces)    also    CD Review  &  sample audio files

Composer Portraits
Christopher Rouse  -  Interview with Soli Deo Gloria CEO Chandler Branch
György Ligeti  -  Interview with John Tusa/BBC Radio 3
Igor Stravinsky  -  Igor Stravinsky: Composer/Janos Darvas, 2001

Pytheas Sightings
Hawaii (1966)  -  Music by Elmer Bernstein  -  Film by George Roy Hill
8 ˝ (1963) - Music by Nino Rota  -  Film by Federico Fellini

Danses Pytheuses
Le Sacre du Printemps (1913)  -  Music by Igor Stravinsky  -  Choreography by Maurice Béjart (1959)
Echoes (2008)  -  Music by Ezio Bosso  -  Choreography by Thang Dao
Adrift in Softness (2007)  -  Music by Alva Noto and Ryuichi Sakamoto   -  Choreography by Patrick Delcroix

Week of October January 5, 2009
Featured Video Performance    György Ligeti: Artikulation (1958)
Featured Video Performance    John Tavener: Ypakoë (1997)
Featured Pytheas Earful    Robert Muczynski: Quintet for Winds (1985) - Allegro risoluto
Featured Ensemble    OrchestrUtopica (Portugal)
Featured Festival or Item    Kansas City Electronic Music & Arts Alliance (Kansas City, Missouri, USA)
Featured Thoughts & Ideas    Intrepid Journeys Lead to Ambitious Works (Vivien Schweitzer, The New York Times)

Week of October 12, 2009
Featured Video Performance    Ge Gan-ru: Fall of Baghdad (String Qt No.5) (2005)
Featured Video Performance    Alberto Ginastera: Pampeana No. 2 (1950)
Featured Pytheas Earful    Sarah Horick: Equipoise (2006)
Featured Ensemble     Ives Ensemble (Amsterdam, the Netherlands)
Featured Festival or Item    Swiss Music Edition (Lucerne, Switzerland)
Featured Thoughts & Ideas    Borne Back Ceaselessly Into the Past? (Greg Sandow, Andante.com)

Week of October 19, 2009
Featured Video Performance    Stephen Paulus: Poemas de Amor (2006)
Featured Video Performance    Alex Shapiro: Bioplasm (2004)
Featured Pytheas Earful    Charles Ives: Piano Sonata No. 2, mvt 3, The Alcotts (1916-17)
Featured Ensemble    Gageego! (Gothenburg, Sweden)
Featured Festival or Item    Eletronic Music Midwest Festival (EMM) (Kansas City, Kansas)
Featured Thoughts & Ideas    Music of Conviction (James Loader, TimeEurope)

Week of October 26, 2009
Featured Video Performance    John Tavener: Svyati (1995)
Featured Video Performance    David Sartor: Reveries (2007)
Featured Pytheas Earful    David Morneau: Triage Part 1, Opening (2005)
Featured Ensemble    SYBARITE5 (New York, New York)
Featured Festival or Item    Canadian Music Centre's Audio Gallery
Featured Thoughts & Ideas    Marta Ptaszyńska - Portrait in Music (Zbigniew Granat, Polish Daily News)



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September 2009
Featured Composers
Erik Satie (1866-1925), French
Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872-1958), English
Georges Auric (1899-1983), French
William Schuman  (1910-1992), American
John Psathas (1966-     ), New Zealander
Michael Daugherty (1954-     ), American
Robert Rival (1975-    ), Canadian
Tom Flaherty (1950-    ), American
Charlotte Seither (1965-     ), German

Featured Recordings
Benjamin Lees: String Quartet Nos. 1, 5 & 6 (Naxos)    also    CD Review  &  sample audio files
Stephen Paulus : To Be Certain Of The Dawn (2005) (BIS)    also    CD Review  &  sample audio files
Cornelius Cardew: Treatise (1963-67) (Mode Records)    also    CD Review  &  sample audio files

Composer Portraits
Tan Dun  -  From the Mind of a Composer/American Mavericks (Amer. Public Media)
Michael Horwood  -  The Composer's Chair (Canadian Music Centre)
Christopher Rouse  -  Interview with Soli Deo Gloria CEO Chandler Branch

Pytheas Sightings
The Heiress (1949)  -  Music by Aaron Copland  -  Film by William Wyler
Ben Hur (1959)  -  Music by Miklos Rozsa  -  Film by William Wyler
King Lear (1971)  -  Music by Dmitri Shostakovich  -  Film by Grigori Kozintsev

Danses Pytheuses
Danses Počtiques  -  Music by Erik Satie  -  Choreography by Erik Satie Dance Project
Breathless (2009)  -  Music by Arvo Pärt  -  Choreography by Joseph Cipolla
Le Sacre du Printemps (1913)  -  Music by Igor Stravinsky  -  Choreography by Maurice Béjart (1959)

Week of September 1, 2009
Featured YouTube Performance    Ralph Vaughan Williams: Tuba Concerto (1954), mvt 1
Featured YouTube Performance    John Psathas: Omnifenix (2000)
Featured Pytheas Earful    William Schuman: Symphony for Strings (# 5) (1943), mvt 1
Featured Ensemble    Ensemble KORE (Montréal, Quebec, Canada)
Featured Festival or Item    World Forum for Acoustic Ecology (Victoria, Australia ... and worldwide)
Featured Thoughts & Ideas    Remembering Arthur Berger (Grant Chu Covell, La Folia)

Week of September 7, 2009
Featured YouTube Performance    Tom Flaherty: Trio for Cello & Digital Processor (1991)
Featured YouTube Performance    Javier Alvarez: Metro Chabacano (1991)
Featured Pytheas Earful    Georges Auric: Notre Dame de Paris, film score (1956)
Featured Ensemble     The Robin Cox Ensemble (Santa Barbara, California, USA)
Featured Festival or Item    souNZ - Centre for New Zealand Music (Wellington, New Zealand)
Featured Thoughts & Ideas    Ralph Vaughan Williams and "49th Parallel" (Rolf Jordan, Powill-Pressburger)

Week of September 14, 2009
Featured YouTube Performance    Erik Satie: Nocturne No. 2 (1919)
Featured YouTube Performance    Michael Daugherty: Dead Elvis (1993)
Featured Pytheas Earful    Krzysztof Penderecki: Sinfonietta No. 2 (1994), mvt II
Featured Ensemble    Magnetic Band (Young Musician's Society) (Singapore)
Featured Festival or Item    sound festival 2009 [October 28 through November 22] (Banchory,  Scotland)
Featured Thoughts & Ideas    Joyful and Joyless for the Masses: Auric’s Music for La Rue sans joie (1938) (Colin Roust)

Week of September 21, 2009
Featured YouTube Performance    Henryk Górecki: Sym No. 3, "Sorrowful Songs" (1976)
Featured YouTube Performance    William Schuman: New England Tryptych (1956)
Featured Pytheas Earful    Robert Rival: March from Six Pieces for Piano (2007)
Featured Ensemble    Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA)
Featured Festival or Item    New Consonant Music
Featured Thoughts & Ideas    Who Says Classical Composers Can't Reflect Popular Culture? (GregSandow.com)

Week of September 28, 2009
Featured YouTube Performance    Ralph Vaughan Williams: The Lark Ascending (1920)
Featured YouTube Performance    Andre Jolivet: Concerto for Flute and Strings (1949)
Featured Pytheas Earful    Christopher Rouse: Ricordanza (1995)
Featured Ensemble    New Music Collective (Charleston, South Carolina, USA)
Featured Festival or Item    Percussive Arts Society (Indianapolis, Indiana, USA)
Featured Thoughts & Ideas    The Open Universe (by Jan Vriend)



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August 2009
Featured Composers
Manuel de Falla (1876-1946), Spanish
Luciano Berio  (1925-     ), Italian
Arthur Honegger (1892-1955), Swiss
John Corigliano  (1938-     ), American
Nancy Bloomer Deussen (1931-    ), American
Paweł Łukaszewski (1968-    ), Polish
Michel van der Aa (1970-    ), Netherlands
David Morneau (1975-    ), American
Elaine Fine (1959-     ), American

Featured Recordings
Mirjam Tally  -  "Mirjam Tally" (ARM Music)
George Tsontakis  -  Violin Concerto No. 2; Clair de Lune; The Past, the Passion (Koch)
Benjamin Lees: String Quartet Nos. 1, 5 & 6 (Naxos)

Composer Portraits
David Lang  -  An Audio Portrait (ASCAP Network Audio Portraits)
Behzad Ranjbaran  -  An Audio Portrait (ASCAP Network Audio Portraits)

Pytheas Sightings
L’Idee/The Idea (1934)  -  Music by Arthur Honegger  -  Film by Berthold Bartosch
Io non ho paura (I'm Not Scared) (2003)  -  Music by Ezio Bosso  -  Film by Gabriele Salvatores
The Heiress (1949)  -  Music by Aaron Copland  -  Film by William Wyler

Danses Pytheuses
Gnossienne  -  Music by Erik Satie  -  Choreography by Chris Bannerman
Shadowed [2007]  -  Music by Philip Glass  -  Choreography by Rebecca Dean

Week of August 3, 2009
Featured YouTube Performance    Michel van der Aa: Memo (2003)
Featured YouTube Performance    Arthur Honegger: Pacific 231 (1923)
Featured Pytheas Earful    Paweł Łukaszewski: Hommage á Edith Stein (2002), part I
Featured Ensemble    New Century Chamber Orchestra (San Fransico, California, USA)
Featured Festival or Item    We Are All Mozart  (Dennis Báthory-Kitsz)
Featured Thoughts & Ideas    Digitality of the Opera - Two Cases (Jelena Novak, e-volucija)

Week of August 10, 2009
Featured YouTube Performance    Manuel de Falla: Fantasía Bética (1919)
Featured YouTube Performance    Lee Actor: Horn Concerto (2007)
Featured Pytheas Earful    John Rutter: Agnus Dei from Requiem (1985)
Featured Ensemble     MAVerick Ensemble (Chicago, Illinois, USA)
Featured Festival or Item    American Classical Music Hall of Fame (Cincinnati, Ohio, USA)
Featured Thoughts & Ideas    Make Your Own Rules: Notes on Composition from John Corigliano (NewMusicBox)

Week of August 17, 2009
Featured YouTube Performance    John Corigliano: They Are Always With Me (1991)
Featured YouTube Performance    Carlos Chávez: Sinfonía India (1935-36)
Featured Pytheas Earful    Luciano Berio: Glosse (1997)
Featured Ensemble    Second Instrumental Unit (New York, New York, USA)
Featured Festival or Item    International Alliance for Women in Music (Delaware, USA)
Featured Thoughts & Ideas    A Trilogy With No Prequels (Andy Goldsbrough, Film Score Monthly)

Week of August 24, 2009
Featured YouTube Performance    Luciano Berio: Sequenza V for trombone (1966)
Featured YouTube Performance    Iva Bittova: Ne nehledej (Stop Searching)
Featured Pytheas Earful    Oyvind Torvund: Krull Quest (2004)
Featured Ensemble    Augenmusik (Buffalo, New York, USA)
Featured Festival or Item    Art+Culture
Featured Thoughts & Ideas    Springtime in Paris: Les Six (Minnesota Public Radio)



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July 2009
Featured Composers
Alban Berg (1885-1935), Austrian
Percy Grainger (1882-1961), Australian-American
Alfred Schnittke (1934-1998), Russian-Soviet
Arthur Berger (1912-2003), American
Dan Locklair (1949-     ), American
Dorothy Hindman (1966-     ), American
Jesse Ayers (1951-    ), American
Mirjam Tally (1976-     ), Estonian
John Rea (1944-    ), Canadian

Featured Recordings
Henryk Górecki  -  Requiem Für Eine Polka; etc. (Nonesuch Records)
Meira Warshauer  -  Like Streams in the Desert (Albany Records)
Mirjam Tally  -  "Mirjam Tally" (ARM Music)

Composer Portraits
Judith Lang Zaimont - The Composer's Voice (John Zech, Minnesota Public Radio)
Gary Kulesha - NACOcast (National Arts Centre of Canada in Ontario), w/Chris Millard

Pytheas Sightings
The Sea Hawk (1940)  -  Music by Erich Wolfgang Korngold  -  Film by Michael Curtiz
Suna no onna (Woman in the Dunes) (1964)  -  Music by Tōru Takemitsu  -  Film by Hiroshi Teshigahara
L’Idee/The Idea (1934)  -  Music by Arthur Honegger  -  Film by Berthold Bartosch

Danses Pytheuses
Relief (2006)  -  Music by David Morneau  -  Choreography by Erin Tisdale
We Unfold (2009)  -  Music by Ezio Bosso  -  Choreography by Rafael Bonachela

Week of July 6, 2009
Featured YouTube Performance    Alban Berg: Wozzeck, Act 3, Sc 2 & 3 (1914-22)
Featured YouTube Performance    John Corigliano: The Red Violin Caprice (1999)
Featured Pytheas Earful    Luciano Berio: Sequenza III for soprano (1966)
Featured Ensemble    Esprit Orchestra (Toronto, Canada)
Featured Festival or Item    New Music Connects (Ireland)
Featured Thoughts & Ideas    Who Says Classical Composers Can't Reflect Popular Culture? (GregSandow.com) 

Week of July 13, 2009
Featured YouTube Performance    Alfred Schnittke: Gogol Suite (1978/80)
Featured YouTube Performance    Meira Warshauer: Like Streams in the Desert (1998)
Featured Pytheas Earful    Dorothy Hindman: Needlepoint (2004)
Featured Ensemble     Ives Ensemble (Amsterdam, The Netherlands)
Featured Festival or Item    Atlantic Music Festival 2009 (Colby College, Waterville, Maine, USA)
Featured Thoughts & Ideas    Kyle Gann: Declining Literacy 1  and  Kyle Gann: Declining Literacy 2

Week of July 20, 2009
Featured YouTube Performance    Leroy Anderson: The Typewriter (1950)
Featured YouTube Performance    Percy Grainger: Molly on the Shore (1907)
Featured Pytheas Earful    Gary Kulesha: Symphony No. 3 (2007)
Featured Ensemble    Left Coast Chamber Ensemble (San Francisco, California, USA)
Featured Festival or Item    The Spatial Music Collective (Dublin, Ireland)
Featured Thoughts & Ideas    In Search of the Next Great American Opera (Anne Midgette, The New York Times)

Week of July 27, 2009
Featured YouTube Performance    Richard Danielpour: Souvenirs (2008), 3rd mvt
Featured YouTube Performance    Jesse Ayers: Waldstein Express (2002)
Featured Pytheas Earful    Judith Lang Zaimont: The Joy of Dance (1974)
Featured Ensemble    Hartford Sound Alliance (Hartford, Connecticut, USA)
Featured Festival or Item    Le Poisson Rouge (New York City, New York, USA)
Featured Thoughts & Ideas    "Do Not Take Up Music Unless..." A Composer's Musings (Dan Locklair)



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June 2009
Featured Composers
Claude Debussy (1862-1918), French
Dmitri Shostakovich (1906-1975), Soviet-Russian
Tadeusz Baird (1928-1981), Polish
Alex North (1910-1991), American
Cornelius Cardew (1936-1981), English
Juliet Kiri Palmer (1967-    ), New Zealand-Canadian
Robert Wendel (1951-     ), American
Maija Hynninen (1977-     ), Finnish
Dean Rosenthal (1974-     ), American

Featured Recordings
Leroy Anderson  -  Orchestral Music, Volume 4 (Naxos)
Peter Schickele  -  Chamber Music (Centaur Records)
Henryk Górecki  -  Requiem Für Eine Polka; etc. (Nonesuch Records)

Composer Portraits
David Amram  -  Interview @ New York Views
Paul Moravec  -  An Audio Portrait (ASCAP Network Audio Portraits)
Steve Reich  -  From the Mind of a Composer/American Mavericks (Amer. Public Media)

Pytheas Sightings
Ich dzień powszedni (1963)  -  Music by Tadeusz Baird  - Film by Aleksander Ścibor-Rylski
Pull My Daisy (1959)  -  Music by David Amram  -  Film by Robert Frank and Alfred Leslie
The Sea Hawk (1940)  -  Music by Erich Wolfgang Korngold  -  Film by Michael Curtiz

Danses Pytheuses
Dance of the Elements: Water (2002)  -  Music by Maurice Ravel  -  Choreography by Jody Sperling
Love Lies Waiting (2003)  -  Music by Mark Fitchett  -  Regina Klenjoski Dance Company
The Miraculous Mandarin (1919)  -  Music by Béla Bartók  -  Choreography by Lucinda Childs

Week of June 1, 2009
Featured YouTube Performance    Dmitri Shostakovich: Symphony No. 5, mvt. 4 (pt 1) (1937)
Featured YouTube Performance    Arvo Pärt: Pari Intervallo (1976)
Featured Pytheas Earful    Juliet Kiri Palmer: W is for (1999)
Featured Ensemble    Décadanse (Lunel, France)
Featured Festival or Item    Community Music Works (Providence, Rhode Island, USA)
Featured Thoughts & Ideas    The Fight for Shostakovich (Norman Lebrecht, La Scene Musicale)

Week of June 8, 2009
Featured YouTube Performance    Sofia Gubaidulina: Viola Concerto (pt 1) (1996)
Featured YouTube Performance    Béla Bartók: Contrasts for Clarinet, Violin and Piano, mvt 3 (1938)
Featured Pytheas Earful    Dean Rosenthal: Songs from the Japanese (2000)
Featured Ensemble     Ex Novo Ensemble (Venice, Italy)
Featured Festival or Item    Zu Casa ~ An Online Laboratory
Featured Thoughts & Ideas    Turning Circles and Squares Into Noise (Adam Shatz, The New York Times)

Week of June 15, 2009
Featured YouTube Performance    Tōru Takemitsu: Rain Tree Sketch II (1992)
Featured YouTube Performance    Bohuslav Martinů: Madrigal No. 2, Violin & Viola (1947)
Featured Pytheas Earful    Cornelius Cardew: The Great Learning, Paragraph 1 (1968-70)
Featured Ensemble    NOISE (San Diego, California, USA)
Featured Festival or Item    soundON Festival of Modern Music (La Jolla, California – June 18-20, 2009)
Featured Thoughts & Ideas    2001: A Space Odyssey - Alex North's Unused Soundtracks (mfiles)  see videos  1  2  3  4

Week of June 22, 2009
Featured YouTube Performance    Michael Daugherty: Ladder to the Moon, mvt I (2006)
Featured YouTube Performance    Sergei Prokofiev: Piano Sonata No. 7, 3rd mvt (1939/1942)
Featured Pytheas Earful    George Crumb: Five Pieces for Piano (1962)
Featured Ensemble    ensemble]h[iatus (Saint-Silvain-sous-Toulx, France)
Featured Festival or Item    Happy Nordic Music Days (Oslo, Norway – Aug 19-22, 2009)
Featured Thoughts & Ideas    Her WWII Love Letter Inspires a Cantata (Channing Gray, The Providence Journal)

Week of June 29, 2009
Featured YouTube Performance    Nikolai Kapustin: Toccatina op.40, no. 3 (1984)
Featured YouTube Performance    Benjamín Gutiérrez: Pavana for Strings (1961)
Featured Pytheas Earful    Maija Hynninen: Turnings, flute (2008)
Featured Ensemble    NYOS Futures (National Youth Orchestras of Scotland)
Featured Festival or Item    The Avant Garde Project - Online Audio Resource
Featured Thoughts & Ideas    A Piano Method by Claude Debussy (Karstein Djupdal)



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May 2009
Featured Composers
John Cage  (1912-1992), American
Sergei Prokofiev (1891-1953), Russian-Soviet
Albert Roussel (1869-1937), French
Steve Reich  (1936-     ), American
Franz Waxman (1906-1967), Jewish-German-American
Elizabeth Maconchy (1907-1994), English
Behzad Ranjbaran (1955-      ), Iranian
Barry Truax (1947-     ), Canadian
Robert Bradshaw (1970-     ), American

Featured Recordings
Sonic Encounters - The New Piano/Margaret Leng Tan, piano (Mode Records)
Morton Feldman  -  Rothko Chapel & Why Patterns? (New Albion Records)

Composer Portraits
A Conversation with George Crumb (West Virginia Public Broadcasting)
Terry Riley  -  The Composer's Voice (John Zech, Minnesota Public Radio)
David Amram  -  Interview @ New York Views

Pytheas Sightings
Lieutenant Kijé (1933)  -  Music by Sergei Prokofiev  -  Film by Aleksandr Fajntsimmer
Commissar (1967)  -  Music by Alfred Schnittke  -  Film by Aleksandr Askoldov

Danses Pytheuses
La Muerte de Narciso (The Death of Narcissus) - Music by Luciano Berio (Visage, 1961) - Choreography by [Elsy Contreras]
Variations V (1965)  -  Music by John Cage  -  Choreography by Merce Cunningham
Dance of the Elements: Water (2002)  -  Music by Maurice Ravel  -  Choreography by Jody Sperling

Week of May 4, 2009
Featured YouTube Performance    Steve Reich: Music for 18 Musicians, Part 3 (1974-76)
Featured YouTube Performance    Albert Roussel: Joueurs de flűte, Pt.1-3 (1924)
Featured Pytheas Earful    Seppo Pohjola: String Quartet No. 3 (2000)
Featured Ensemble    Pierrot Lunaire Ensemble Wien (Vienna, Austria)
Featured Festival or Item    30th Annual New Music and Art Festival (MidAmerican Ctr for Contemp Music, Ohio, USA)
Featured Thoughts & Ideas    Composers Mining the Music of Their Youth (Anthony Tommasini, NY Times)

Week of May 11, 2009
Featured YouTube Performance    John Cage: Third Construction (1941)
Featured YouTube Performance    Barry Truax: Soundscape Vancouver (1996)
Featured Pytheas Earful    Oscar Carmona: Le Jeu Suivant (2007)
Featured Ensemble     Libra Ensemble (Melbourne, Australia)
Featured Festival or Item    Sounds Underground (London, England)
Featured Thoughts & Ideas    Far From Music Capitals, Ohio Conserv. Fosters Contemp. Sounds (V. Schweitzer, NYTimes)

Week of May 18, 2009
Featured YouTube Performance    Franz Waxman: Sunset Boulevard (1950)
Featured YouTube Performance    Robert Bradshaw: Concerto for Trumpet, mvt 3 (2006)
Featured Pytheas Earful    Elizabeth Maconchy: String Quartet No. 5 (1948)
Featured Ensemble    Vox21 (Dublin, Ireland)
Featured Festival or Item    June in Buffalo 2009 (Buffalo, New York, USA)
Featured Thoughts & Ideas    Tod Machover and Dan Ellsey Play New Music (TED)

Week of May 25, 2009
Featured YouTube Performance    Sergei Prokofiev: Violin Concerto No. 1, mvt 2 (1917)
Featured YouTube Performance    Behzad Ranjbaran: Ballade for Solo Contrabasse (1999)
Featured Pytheas Earful    Elaine Fine: Serenade for Oboe and Strings (2007)
Featured Ensemble    SPANK Music Ensemble (Colorado/Wyoming, USA)
Featured Festival or Item    Contemporary Music Festival (Indiana State University, Terre Haute, IN)
Featured Thoughts & Ideas    The Problem of Pitch - Seeking a Lasting Repertoire (Samuel Solomon, NewMusicBox)



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April 2009
Featured Composers
George Gershwin  (1898-1937), American
Arnold Schoenberg (1874-1951), Austrian
Silvestre Revueltas (1899-1940), Mexican
Bernard Herrmann  (1911-1975), American
Shulamit Ran (1949-     ), Israeli-American
Johannes Fritsch (1941-     ), German
Libby Larsen (1950-     ), American
Greg Bartholomew (1957-     ), American
Robert Gans (1952-     ), American

Featured Recordings
Chen Yi  -  Momentum (BIS)
Arvo Pärt  -  Alina (ECM)

Composer Portraits
Alex Shapiro  -  An Audio Portrait (ASCAP Network Audio Portraits)
Elmer Bernstein  -  The Composer's Voice (John Zech, Minnesota Public Radio)
A Conversation with George Crumb (West Virginia Public Broadcasting)

Pytheas Sightings
Der Brandstifter (The Arsonist) (2003)  -  Music by Arnold Schoenberg  -  Film by Ütz Matthias Stocklöw
The 7th Voyage of Sinbad (1958)  -  Music by Bernard Herrmann  -  Film by Nathan H. Juran
                                                                                                                                                
Danses Pytheuses
Trisha Never Left Home (1999)  -  Music by Alexandros Mouzas  -  Choreography by Konstantin Mihos
Rodeo, Scene 1, Pt. 1 (1942)  -  Music by Aaron Copland  -  Choreography by Agnes de Mille
La Muerte de Narciso (The Death of Narcissus) - Music by Luciano Berio (Visage, 1961) - Choreography by [Elsy Contreras]

Week of April 6, 2009
Featured YouTube Performance    Zoltán Kodály: Sonata for Cello, op. 8, mvt. 3 (1915)
Featured YouTube Performance    Shulamit Ran: Sonatina for 2 Flutes, mvt. 2 (1961)
Featured Pytheas Earful    Albert Roussel: Reponse d'une epouse sage, op. 35, no. 2 (1927)
Featured Ensemble    Logos Ensemble (Latina, Italy)
Featured Festival or Item    New Music Symposium (Colorado College, Colorado Springs, CO)
Featured Thoughts & Ideas    The Beaten Path: A History of American Percussion Music (Nicole V. Gagne, NewMusicBox)

Week of April 13, 2009
Featured YouTube Performance    Silvestre Revueltas: String Qt No. 4, "Música de Feria", mvt 1 (1932)
Featured YouTube Performance    George Crumb: Vox Balaenae, Part I (1971)
Featured Pytheas Earful    Robert Gans: Blue Ballet, mvt IV (2004)
Featured Ensemble    IU New Music Ensemble (Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana)
Featured Festival or Item    SOUNZ/Centre for  New Zealand Music (Wellington, New Zealand)
Featured Thoughts & Ideas    The Composer's Art (James Fry, Musical Composition Resource)

Week of April 20, 2009
Featured YouTube Performance    Libby Larsen: Cowboy Songs (1979)
Featured YouTube Performance    Arnold Schoenberg: Piano Concerto, part I (1942)
Featured Pytheas Earful    Amy Scurria: La Loba (2008)
Featured Ensemble    Quatuor Hęlios (Paris, France)
Featured Festival or Item    Pendulum New Music (University of Colorado at Boulder, CO, USA)
Featured Thoughts & Ideas    A Composer's Century (Philip Glass, Andante.com)

Week of April 27, 2009
Featured YouTube Performance    Aaron Jay Kernis: Lament and Prayer, Part I (1996)
Featured YouTube Performance    Greg Bartholomew: The 21st Century (A Girl Born in Afghanistan) (2002)
Featured Pytheas Earful    John Psathas: Zahara, Part I (2005)
Featured Ensemble    Ruckas (University of Maryland, Baltimore County, USA)
Featured Festival or Item    The Music Gallery (Toronto, Canada)
Featured Thoughts & Ideas    Aulis Sallinen, Strong and Simple (Martin Anderson, Finnish Music Quarterly)



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March 2009
Featured Composers
Arvo Pärt  (1935-     ), Estonian
Olivier Messiaen  (1908-1992), French
Anton Webern (1883-1945), Austrian
Leo Brouwer (1939-     ), Cuban
Jean Langlais (1907-1991), French
Michael Horwood (1947-     ), Canadian-American
Ken Ueno (1970-     ), American
Beth Wiemann (1959-     ), American
Alexandros Mouzas  (1962-     ), Greek

Featured Recordings
Pawel Lukaszewski  -  Choral Music (Hyperion Records)
Elliott Schwartz  -  Hall of Mirrors; Crystal; Kaleidoscope; Rain Forest with Bird (Innova Recordings)
Leo Brouwer  -  Guitar Music, Volume 1 (Naxos)

Composer Portraits
Libby Larsen  -  Composer Portrait @ Kalvos and Damian
Hans Zimmer  -  An Audio Portrait (ASCAP Network Audio Portraits)
Alex Shapiro  -  An Audio Portrait (ASCAP Network Audio Portraits)

Pytheas Sightings
On the Waterfront (1956)  -  Music by Leonard Bernstein  -  Film by Elia Kazan
The Red Violin (1998)  -  Music by John Corigliano  -  Film by François Girard
Les yeux sans visage (1960)  -  Music by Maurice Jarre  -  Film by Georges Franju

Danses Pytheuses
Wet Woman (1995)  -   Music by Fläskkvartetten  -  choreography by Mats Ek
Lamentation (1930)  -  Music by Zoltán Kodály  -  Choreography by Martha Graham
Trisha Never Left Home (1999)  -  Music by Alexandros Mouzas  -  Choreography by Konstantin Mihos

Week of March 2, 2009
Featured YouTube Performance    Ken Ueno: Shiroi Ishi (2001)
Featured YouTube Performance    Sergei Prokofiev: Violin Sonata, op. 80, mvt 4 (1938/1946)
Featured Pytheas Earful    Vincent Persichetti: Night Dances, op. 114 (1970)
Featured Ensemble    oenm (Austrian Ensemble for Contemporary Music)
Featured Festival or Item    Contemporary Music in Croatia (William A Everett, Central Europe Review)
Featured Thoughts & Ideas    Contemporary Music in Evolution (Charles Shere, The Eastside View Blog)

Week of March 9, 2009
Featured YouTube Performance    Anton Webern: Three Little Pieces, op. 11 (1914)
Featured YouTube Performance    Olivier Messiaen: The Word (1935)
Featured Pytheas Earful    Bernard Herrmann: The Road & Finale from Fahrenheit 451 (1966)
Featured Ensemble     Millenium Chamber Players (Chicago, Illinois, USA)
Featured Festival or Item    Contemporary Music Festival 2009 (Ohio State Univ., Columbus, Ohio, USA)
Featured Thoughts & Ideas    In Memoriam: George Perle (Steven L. Rosenhaus, NewMusicBox)

Week of March 16, 2009
Featured YouTube Performance    Arvo Pärt: Da pacem domine, from "In Principio" (2003)
Featured YouTube Performance    Wojciech Kilar: Orawa (1986)
Featured Pytheas Earful    Alexandros Mouzas: Asma Asmaton (2008)
Featured Ensemble    Klangrorum Wein (Vienna, Austria)
Featured Festival or Item    Waxiderny
Featured Thoughts & Ideas    Sermon on the Life and Music of Jean Langlais (Colin Spinks, St. Mary le Strand)

Week of March 23, 2009
Featured YouTube Performance    Jean Langlais: Plainte from Suite Brčve (1947)
Featured YouTube Performance    Anton Webern: Fünf Sätze, op. 5, mvt 1 (1909)
Featured Pytheas Earful    Beth Wiemann: Slow Burn (2005)
Featured Ensemble    New Music Collective (Charleston, South Carolina, USA)
Featured Festival or Item    PRS Foundation for New Music (London, England)
Featured Thoughts & Ideas    Be Still, & Know That I Am God: Concert Halls Rediscover the Sacred (Martha Ainsworth)

Week of March 30, 2009
Featured YouTube Performance    Olivier Messiaen: Petites esquisses d'oiseaux (Little Sketches of Birds) (1985)
Featured YouTube Performance    Leo Brouwer: un dia de noviembre (1963)
Featured Pytheas Earful    Benjamin Lees: Piano Concerto No. 2, mvt 3 (1966)
Featured Ensemble    Motion Ensemble (Fredericton, NB, Canada)
Featured Festival or Item    Ars Musica (Brussels, Belgium)
Featured Thoughts & Ideas    Are Smart People Drawn To The Arts Or Does Arts Training Make People Smarter?



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February 2009
Featured Composers
Roger Sessions (1896-1985), American
Philip Glass  (1937-     ), American
John Williams  (1932-     ), American
André Jolivet (1905-1974), French
Judith Zaimont (1945-     ), American
Dmitri Tymoczko (1969-     ), American
Clermont Pépin (1926-2006), Canadian
Amy Scurria (1973-     ), American
Kazimierz Serocki (1922-1981), Polish

Featured Recordings
Pēteris Vasks  -  Musica adventus (1995/96);  Viatore (2001); Concerto for English horn (1989) (Wergo)
Michael Horwood  -  National Park Suite; Symphony No. 1; Intravariations; Amusement Park Suite
Pawel Lukaszewski  -  Choral Music

Composer Portraits
Peter Schickele  -  The Composer's Voice (John Zech, Minnesota Public Radio)
Philip Glass  -  The Composer's Voice/American Mavericks (American Public Media)

Pytheas Sightings
Lawrence of Arabia (1962)  -  Music by Maurice Jarre  -  Film by David Lean
The Magnificent Seven (1960)  -  Music by Elmer Bernstein  -  Film by John Sturges
On the Waterfront (1956)  -  Music by Leonard Bernstein  -  Film by Elia Kazan

Danses Pytheuses
La vida breve (1905) & El amor brujo (1914-15/1925)  -  Music by Manuel de Falla
In the Upper Room (1986)  -  Music by Philip Glass  -  Choreography by Twyla Tharp

Week of February 2, 2009
Featured YouTube Performance    Steve Reich: Piano Phase (1967)
Featured YouTube Performance    Andre Jolivet: Second Trumpet Concerto, mvt 3 (1954)
Featured Pytheas Earful    Karl Henning: Out in the Sun (2006)
Featured Ensemble    Land’s End Chamber Ensemble (Calgary, Alberta, Canada)
Featured Festival or Item    Interdisciplinary Centre for Computer Music Research
Featured Thoughts & Ideas    Sound Investments: The Commissioning Portfolio of Kathryn Gould (M. Sheridan, NewMusicBox)

Week of February 9, 2009
Featured YouTube Performance    Roger Sessions: Duo for Violin and Piano, mvt 1 (1942)
Featured YouTube Performance    Claude Debussy: Sonata for Flute, Viola and Harp (1915)
Featured Pytheas Earful    Dmitri Tymoczko: Echo Code (2003)
Featured Ensemble     ZAGROS (Helsinki, Finland)
Featured Festival or Item    Louth Contemporary Music Society (Loth, Ireland)
Featured Thoughts & Ideas    Three Questions Before the First Night (Carson Cooman, Music & Vision)

Week of February 16, 2009
Featured YouTube Performance    Leo Brouwer: The Sky, the Air and a Smile (1979)
Featured YouTube Performance    Benjamin Britten: 6 Metamorphosis after Ovid - Narcissus (1951)
Featured Pytheas Earful    Kazimierz Serocki: Suite of Preludes - Affettuoso (1952)
Featured Ensemble    ensemble cairn (Paris, France)
Featured Festival or Item    ERMMedia/numusic direct (Norfolk, Virginia, USA)
Featured Thoughts & Ideas    OHM - The Early Gurus of Electronic Music (Jason Gross, Perfect Sound Forever)

Week of February 23, 2009
Featured YouTube Performance    Charles Ives: 3 Quarter-Tone Pieces - I. Largo (1904-1914/1924)
Featured YouTube Performance    Alan Hovhaness: Lousadzak op. 48, "The Coming of Light" (1944)
Featured Pytheas Earful    Judith Zaimont: Impronta Digitale (1999)
Featured Ensemble    Talea Ensemble (New York, New York, USA)
Featured Festival or Item    Arts Electric (New York, New York, USA)
Featured Thoughts & Ideas    Roger Sessions and the Dilemma of Contemporary Classical Music (Charles Hamm, NMB)



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January 2009
Featured Composers
Igor Stravinsky (1882-1971), Russian
Leonard Bernstein  (1918-1990), American
Elliott Schwartz  (1936-    ), American
Daniel Dorff (1956-     ), American
Bernadette Speach (1948-     ), American
Maurice Jarre (1924-     ), French
Oscar Carmona (1975-     ), Chilean
Reza Vali (1952-     ), Iranian
Jon Leifs (1899-1968), Icelandic

Featured Recordings
Paul Moravec  -  Chamber Symphony; Autumn Song; Cool Fire (Naxos)
Alan Hovhaness  -  Guitar Concerto No. 2; Symphony No. 63 (Naxos)
Pēteris Vasks  -  Musica adventus (1995/96);  Viatore (2001); Concerto for English horn (1989) (Wergo)

Composer Portraits
Aaron Jay Kernis - The Composer's Voice (John Zech, Minnesota Public Radio)
Jennifer Higdon - An Audio Portrait (ASCAP Network Audio Portraits)

Pytheas Sightings
The Piano (1993)  -  Music by Michael Nyman  - Film by Jane Campion
Spartacus (1960)  -  Music by Alex North  - Film by Stanley Kubrick
Lawrence of Arabia (1962)  -  Music by Maurice Jarre  -  Film by David Lean

Danses Pytheuses
Amelia (2002)  -  Music by David Lang  -  Choreography by Édouard Lock
Romeo and Juliet (1935/36)  -  Music by Sergei Prokofiev

Week of January 5, 2009
Featured YouTube Performance    Arvo Pärt: Fratres (1977/1980)
Featured YouTube Performance    Manuel de Falla: Homenaje (Le tombeau de Debussy) (1920)
Featured Pytheas Earful    Reza Vali: Folk Songs, Set No. 9 (1991)
Featured Ensemble    E3Q (Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA)
Featured Festival or Item    Music from Other Minds (KALW, 91.7 FM, San Fransisco, CA, USA)
Featured Thoughts & Ideas    Alvin Lucier on "Music On A Long Thin Wire" (Jason Gross, Perfect Sound Forever)

Week of January 12, 2009
Featured YouTube Performance    Igor Stravinsky: 3 Pieces for Clarinet, mvt 1 (1919)
Featured YouTube Performance    Nico Muhly: The Reader, selections (2008)
Featured Pytheas Earful    Elliott Schwartz: Chamber Concerto II (1977)
Featured Ensemble     The Paul Dresher Ensemble (San Fransisco, California, USA)
Featured Festival or Item    The Internet Archive (San Fransisco, USA)
Featured Thoughts & Ideas    Jón Leifs: Iceland's Santified Son (Alda Sigmundsdotti, Scandinavian Review)

Week of January 19, 2009
Featured YouTube Performance    Jón Leifs: Hekla, op. 52 (1961)
Featured YouTube Performance    Bernadette Speach, et al: baj - For Leroy (2008)
Featured Pytheas Earful    Peter Lieberson: Rilke Songs (2001)
Featured Ensemble    Hebrides Ensemble (Edinburgh, Scotland, UK)
Featured Festival or Item    the livingroom.org (Chevy Chase, Maryland, USA)
Featured Thoughts & Ideas    Igor Stravinsky and the Making of a Love Triangle (Natalie Shearer, Classical Music Pages)

Week of January 26, 2009
Featured YouTube Performance    Leonard Bernstein: Serenade for Violin (1954)
Featured YouTube Performance    Osvaldo Golijov: Lullaby and Doina (2001)
Featured Pytheas Earful    Jón Leifs: Requiem, op. 33b (1947)
Featured Ensemble    Wet Ink (New York, New York, USA)
Featured Festival or Item    Estonian Music Days (Tallinn, Tartu & Pärnu, Estonia)
Featured Thoughts & Ideas    The Magical Hidden Corners of Erik Satie (Matthew Westphal, andante.com)


2008
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December 2008
Featured Composers
Leos Janácek (1854-1928), Czech
Aaron Copland  (1900-1990), American
Henryk Gorecki  (1933-     ), Polish
Robert Muczynski (1929-     ), American
Michael Colgrass (1932-     ), American
Jean Coulthard (1908-2000), Canadian
Meira Warshauer (1949-    ), American
Qu Xiao-Song (1952-     ), Chinese
Tom Myron (1959-     ), American

Featured Recordings
Karen Amrhein - Still Life (MMC Recordings)
Kalevi Aho - Symphony No. 12 "Luosto" (BIS Recordings)
Geoffrey Bush  -  A Christmas Cantata (Saydisc)
Paul Moravec  -  Chamber Symphony; Autumn Song; Cool Fire (Naxos)

Composer Portraits
An Interview with Steven Stucky (The New York Philharmonic, via The New York Times)
Meira Warshauer - Living, Breathing Earth (Aileen LeBlanc, Living on Earth)

Pytheas Sightings
La Belle et La Bęte (1946)  -  Music by Georges Auric  -  Film by Jean Cocteau
The Shining (1980)  -  Krzysztof Penderecki: Polymorphia (1961)  -  Film by Stanley Kubrick
A Christmas Carol (1938)  -  Music by Franz Waxman  -  Film by Edwin L. Marin
The Piano (1993)  -  Music by Michael Nyman  - Film by Jane Campion

Danses Pytheuses
The Red Detachment of Women (1964)  -  Music by Du Mingxin, et al
Diversion of Angels (1949)  -  Music by Norman Dello Joio  -  Choreography by Martha Graham

Week of December 1, 2008
Featured YouTube Performance    Michael Colgrass: Old Churches (2000)
Featured YouTube Performance    Leos Janácek: Concertino for Piano - I. Moderato (1925)
Featured Pytheas Earful    Robert Muczynski: Six Preludes for Piano, op. 6, nos. 1 & 6  (1953-54)
Featured Ensemble    Sirius String Quartet (New York, New York, USA)
Featured Festival or Item    Young Composers Program (Cleveland Institute of Music, Cleveland, OH)
Featured Thoughts & Ideas    Voices in the Dark  -  The Music of Alfred Schittke (Adrian Searle, The Guardian)

Week of December 8, 2008
Featured YouTube Performance    Olivier Messiaen: Oiseaux Exotiques, part I (1956)
Featured YouTube Performance    Aaron Copland: Duo for Flute and Piano, first movement (1971)
Featured Pytheas Earful    Jean Coulthard: Sketches from the Western Woods (1970)  - The Silent Pool
Featured Ensemble     Duo46 (Phoenix, Arizona, USA)
Featured Festival or Item    Meet the Composer (New York, New York, USA)
Featured Thoughts & Ideas    Qu Xiao-Song - A Master of Tense Silence (Yingying, CRIEnglish.com)

Week of December 15, 2008
Featured YouTube Performance    Henryk Górecki: Totus Tuus, op. 60 (1987)
Featured YouTube Performance    Arnold Schoenberg: Six Little Piano Pieces, op. 19 (1911)
Featured Pytheas Earful    Tom Myron: Symphony No. 2, part 3, vivid flying (2000)
Featured Ensemble    NODUS Ensemble (Florida Int'l University, Miami, Florida,USA)
Featured Festival or Item    composersnewpencil.com - Music Composition and Technology
Featured Thoughts & Ideas    Jean Coulthard - A Life in Music (A Book Review by J. Drew Stephen, CAML Review)

Week of December 22, 2008
Featured YouTube Performance    Daniel Pinkham: Christmas Cantata (1957)
Featured YouTube Performance    Ralph Vaughan Williams: Fantasia on Christmas Carols (1912)
Featured Pytheas Earful    Gustav Holst: Christmas Day (1910)
Featured Ensemble    Turning Point Ensemble (Vancouver, BC, Canada)
Featured Festival or Item    MidAmerican Center for Contemporary Music (Bowling Green University, Ohio)
Featured Thoughts & Ideas    Die Natali, chorale Christmas preludes for orchestra, Op. 37 (All Music Guide)

Week of December 29, 2008
Featured YouTube Performance    George Gershwin: Piano Concerto in F, third movement (1925)
Featured YouTube Performance    John Adams: Short Ride in a Fast Machine (1986)
Featured Pytheas Earful    Michael Colgrass: Déjŕ Vu (1977)
Featured Ensemble    Concorde (Dublin, Ireland)
Featured Festival or Item    Sonic Fusion Festival (Edinburgh, Scotland)
Featured Thoughts & Ideas    Chasing a Music That Didn’t Exist - Harrison Birtwistle (Norman Lebrecht, La Scena Musicale)



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November 2008
Featured Composers
Gustav Holst (1874-1934), English
John Adams  (1947-     ), American
Karel Husa (1921-     ), Czech-American
Grażyna Bacewicz (1909-1969), Polish
Lee Actor (1952-    ), American
Gia Comolli (1965-     ), American
Boris Levenberg (1950-     ), Israeli
Gary Kulesha (1954-    ), Canadian
Mason Bates (1977-     ), American

Featured Recordings
Aaron Jay Kernis - Symphony in Waves (Cedille Records)
Charles Ives - The Three Orchestral Sets (Naxos Records)
Karen Amrhein - Still Life (MMC Recordings)

Composer Portraits
John Adams - An American Portrait
Daniel Dorff - An Audio Portrait (ASCAP Network Audio Portraits)

Pytheas Sightings
Koyaanisqatsi (1982)  -  Music by Philip Glass  -  Film by Godfrey Reggio
La Belle et La Bęte (1946)  -  Music by Georges Auric  -  Film by Jean Cocteau

Week of November 3, 2008
Featured YouTube Performance    Grażyna Bacewicz: Sonata for Solo Violin, No.2, Finale (1958)
Featured Pytheas Earful    Peter Sculthorpe: Earth Cry (1992)
Featured Ensemble    Arraymusic (Toronto, Canada)
Featured Festival or Item    Maerz Musik 2009 (Berlin, Germany)
Featured Thoughts & Ideas    The Symphonic Alchemist: Kulesha transforms human experience into music (R. Rival, SOCAN)

Week of November 10, 2008
Featured YouTube Performance    Karel Husa: Divertimento for Brass and Percussion (1958)
Featured YouTube Performance    Krzysztof Penderecki: Credo (1998)
Featured Pytheas Earful    Gustav Holst: Nunc Dimittis (1915)
Featured Ensemble     Ensemble MoEns (Unetice, Czech Republic)
Featured Festival or Item    Sante Fe New Music (Sante Fe, New Mexico)
Featured Thoughts & Ideas    Concerto for Two Universes - Music of Mason Bates (by Donna Perlmutter, LA Times)

Week of November 17, 2008
Featured YouTube Performance    Alfred Schnittke: String Trio (1985)
Featured YouTube Performance    David Lang: Monogrammed (2008)
Featured Pytheas Earful    Gary Kulesha: Horn Trio (2004)
Featured Ensemble    Collage New Music (Boston, MA)
Featured Festival or Item    Pictures of Music (Block Museum of Art, Northwestern University, Chicago, IL)
Featured Thoughts & Ideas    "like raindrops we have dispersed all over the immense world ..." an interview with Karel Husa

Week of November 24, 2008
Featured YouTube Performance    John Williams: Soundings (2003)
Featured YouTube Performance    Gustav Holst: This have I done for my true love (1916)
Featured Pytheas Earful    Tom Myron: Kathe Kollwitz, Part I (1998)
Featured Ensemble    Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble (Pittsburgh, PA, USA)
Featured Festival or Item    Pictures of Music (Block Museum of Art, Northwestern University, Chicago, IL)
Featured Thoughts & Ideas    Composer & Quartet Educate & Entertain (C. Hyde, Maine Sunday Telegram)



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October 2008
Featured Composers
Chen Yi (1953-     ), Chinsese
David Fennessy (1976-     ), Irish
Jacques Hétu (1938-     ), Canadian
Francis Poulenc (1899-1963), French
Kile Smith (1956-     ), American
Harold Stover (1946-     ), American
Steven Stucky (1949-     ), American
Toru Takemitsu (1930-1996), Japanese
Ellen Taffee Zwilich (1939-     ), American

Featured Recordings
Chen Yi - Sparkle (New World Records)
Reza Vali - Persian Folklore (New Albion Records)
Aaron Jay Kernis - Symphony in Waves (Cedille Records)

The Composer Speaks
John Adams - An American Portrait

Week of October 1, 2008
Featured YouTube Performance    Toru Takemitsu: Air for Solo Flute (1995)
Featured Pytheas Earful    Lisa Hogan: Three Pieces for Piano (2006)
Featured Ensemble    Flucrum Point (Chicago, IL)
Featured Festival or Item    creative-eclipse.com
Featured Thoughts & Ideas    The Geometry of Music (Michael D. Lemonick, Time)

Week of October 6, 2008
Featured YouTube Performance    Francis Poulenc: Concerto for Two Pianos in D minor (1932)
Featured Pytheas Earful    Steve Reich: Music for 18 Musicians, I. Pulses (1976)
Featured Ensemble    Brave New Works (Ann Arbor, MI)
Featured Festival or Item    Métisse Music (Paris, France)
Featured Thoughts & Ideas    Chen Yi - Composer speaks her own language (Emily Brown, Accent, Ithaca College)

Week of October 13, 2008
Featured YouTube Performance    Jacques Hétu: Finale from Suite for Guitar, op. 41 (1986)
Featured Pytheas Earful    Dmitri Tymoczko: The Eggman Variations, I (2005)
Featured Ensemble    Brave New Works (Ann Arbor, MI)
Featured Festival or Item    Frog Peak Music, Composers' Collective (Lebanon, NH)
Featured Thoughts & Ideas    Kile Smith - Ensembles Unite in an Ambitious "Vespers" (David P.Stearns, Philadelphia Inquirer)
                                                      *** Special Feature: Kile Smith Interview with David P. Stearns - Streaming Audio

Week of October 20, 2008
Featured YouTube Performance    Chen Yi: Spring Dreams (1997)
Featured Pytheas Earful    Jorge Liderman: Draft (1998)
Featured Ensemble    The Smith Quartet (Great Britain)
Featured Festival or Item    creative-eclipse.com
Featured Thoughts & Ideas    A Gallic Ghost Story

Week of October 27, 2008
Featured YouTube Performance    Ellen Taaffe Zwilich: Lament (1999)
Featured Pytheas Earful    Dorothy Hindman: Trembling (1998)
Featured Ensemble    Arraymusic (Toronto, Canada)
Featured Festival or Item    Métisse Music (Paris, France)
Featured Thoughts & Ideas    A Bold, Brash Cello Symphony (Michael Walsh, Time Magazine)



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June - September 2008 [same as May 2008]


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May 2008
Featured Composers
Karen Amrhein (1970-     ), American
Bela Bartok (1881-1945), Hungarian
Tan Dun (1957-     ), Korean
Morton Feldman (1926-1987), American
Sofia Gubaidulina (1931-     ), Soviet/Russian
Bohuslav Martinu (1890-1959), Czech
Miklos Rozsa (1907-1995), Hungarian-American
Aulis Sallinen (1935-     ), Finnish
Edgard Varese (1883-1965), American

Featured Recordings
Lee Actor - Violin Concerto (Albany Records TROY 1017)

Week of May 5, 2008
Featured Pytheas Earful    Ronald J. Brown: My Garden Flourishes Beneath the Frozen Earth
Featured Ensemble    FIGURA - Music/Theater/Opera
Featured Festival or Item    creative-eclipse.com
Featured Thoughts & Ideas    Innovative Women Composers: Chen Yi

Week of May 12, 2008
Featured Pytheas Earful    Perttu Haapanen: Saxophone Concerto (2003)
Featured Ensemble    dčdalo ensemble (Brescia, Italy)
Featured Festival or Item    Sonorities Festival of Contemporary Music: International Computer Music Conference, August 2008
Featured Thoughts & Ideas    Schoenberg's 2nd String Quartet - The Day Music Went Mad (Norman Lebrecht, La Scena Musicale)

Week of May 19, 2008 [same]

Week of May 26, 2008 [same]



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April 2008
Featured Composers
Karen Amrhein (1970-     ), American
Bela Bartok (1881-1945), Hungarian
Tan Dun (1957-     ), Korean
Morton Feldman (1926-1987), American
Sofia Gubaidulina (1931-     ), Soviet/Russian
Bohuslav Martinu (1890-1959), Czech
Miklos Rozsa (1907-1995), Hungarian-American
Aulis Sallinen (1935-     ), Finnish
Edgard Varese (1883-1965), American

Featured Recordings
Hi Kyung Kim - Crystal Drops (Albany Records TROY 1002)

Week of April 21, 2008
Featured Pytheas Earful    Tom Guralnick: Slides Peak (1994)
Featured Ensemble    Third Coast Percussion Quartet (Chicago, IL)
Featured Festival or Item    Primavera Festival at the University of California at Santa Cruz, April 2008
Featured Thoughts & Ideas    What is a Piece of Music? (Adam Frey, San Fransisco Contemporary Music Players Blog)

Week of April 28, 2008
Featured Pytheas Earful    Tom Guralnick: Slides Peak (1994)
Featured Ensemble    Third Coast Percussion Quartet (Chicago, IL)
Featured Festival or Item    Primavera Festival at the University of California at Santa Cruz, April 2008
Featured Thoughts & Ideas    What is a Piece of Music? (Adam Frey, San Fransisco Contemporary Music Players Blog)

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