I rather enjoy the challenge of creating themed shows based on friends’ suggestions. I had three good ones to choose from this week: songs that should have made it on the radio in the 70s, the fact that I own this record proves there is a God and He loves me very much, and 20th Century classical music.
Although it was the most difficult and the most serious, I chose the last theme. I think it’s because I fee like I haven’t explored “classical” music enough on my show. (“Classical” is obviously a catch-all for just about any kind of music with orchestration or written-out, composed music. Strictly speaking, the term Classical refers to a period of orchestral music preceding the Romantic period.)
I, like my friend who suggested the theme, find myself listening to more 20th Century composers in the autumn. I have a strong association with this season and the likes of John Cage, Steve Reich and Terry Riley. I think it’s because of the many days I would study at UMKC’s Miller Nichols Library, listen to these composers in my headphones, and watch the turning leaves through the giant windows.
At any rate, enjoy this week’s show.
- “In the Name of the Holocaust” – John Cage (Daughters of the Lonesome Isle/?/1945)
- “IV – Deciso” – Kronos Quartet (…songs are sung/Nonesuch/2007)
- “Spring Flowers in the Moonlit Night on the River” (arr. Sun Yiqiang) – Lang Lang (Dragon Songs/Deutsche Grammophon/2006)