MEMETERIA by Thomas May

Music & the Arts

The Other Mahler

Working on a piece on Alma Mahler’s songs. Nice playlist here:

Filed under: Alma Mahler, women composers

Anna Clyne

Getting ready for this week’s U.S. premiere of Anna Clyne’s The Midnight Hour by the Seattle Symphony, which I’ll be covering later in the week.

Filed under: new music, Seattle Symphony

Sonic Masterworks

Grant Gershon leads the Los Angeles Master Chorale in the final program of the season this weekend. Here’s a bit about one of the pieces, Anders Hillborg’s Mouyayoum:

Mouyayoum dates from 1983 – relatively early in Hillborg’s career – and represents a Nordic take on Minimalism. The title is merely a formula: a phonetic reference point for Hillborg’s wordless music. During rehearsal of the piece, he asks the singers to “choose a comfortable pitch and sing the formula [mouyayoum] at a slow tempo such that each individual phoneme is consciously articulated (legato); once this starts to work, gradually increase the tempo; finally, sing so quickly that the individual phonemes cannot be articulated clearly and the formula is perceived as a single sound.”

The musical material derives from transparent harmonies and two types of phrases extending over 16 quarter notes: one sustained and one broken into a flow of 16th notes.

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Filed under: choral music, Los Angeles Master Chorale

Yannick Nézet-Séguin to the Met

The Met announced today that Yannick Nézet-Séguin will replace James Levine as new Music Director.
Live stream on the news from the Met at 10:00 am EST.

Filed under: Metropolitan Opera, music news

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