Ron on Reich

Posted on January 21, 2016 5:41 pm by Sarah Tiedemann
Tags | 2015-2016 Season

“How small a thought it takes to fill a whole life.”

My love of Steve Reich’s music started with the first time I got to play Different Trains, his brilliant work for string quartet. It reminded me of the recording of Brandenburg Concerto No. 3 that my mom used to play for me when I was a kid, the amazing invention, the ideas that never stopped coming, and the rhythmic and harmonic complexity that I couldn’t… Learn More » »

Hearing Voices 4.0: If I could just put into words…

Posted on November 9, 2015 7:20 am by Sarah Tiedemann
Tags | 2015-2016 Season

God bless the poets, for without them our world would be so literal.

The idea of highlighting the musical qualities of words and language is nothing new. Songs and singing are where music begins, likely with the first caveman quartet:

In more recent times, composers such as Arnold Schoenberg found great expression in sprechspiel, half-sung half-spoken works that took the gallows humor of German Kabarett style to an extreme of dark… Learn More » »

Music Meets Prosody: Guest Blogger Jay Derderian

Posted on October 28, 2015 9:44 am by Sarah Tiedemann
Tags | 2015-2016 Season


Prosody is a term used by linguists to talk about the function of intonation, tone, stress, and rhythm in speech. It’s something we’re all very familiar with; a particular inflection can make something sound sarcastic, declarative, timid, or sensual. It’s a property of speech that can influence a phrase’s delivery, interpretation, and meaning. It also has fun quirks like how the careful placement of an accent can alter a… Learn More » »

For Lee Hyla: Guest Blogger LJ White

Posted on October 16, 2015 11:26 am by Sarah Tiedemann
Tags | 2015-2016 Season

LJ WhiteLJ White is a lecturer in music studies at Northwestern University and is Department Chair of Music Theory and Composition at the Merit School of Music. His work ‘Wilder Shores’ will receive its West Coast premiere Fri & Sat, Nov. 13 & 14, 2015 at Hearing Voices 4.0. The program also features ‘Howl,’ a work by LJ’s former composition teacher Lee Hyla, who passed away in 2014.

Lee HylaI was 22 years old and at the beginning of my masters’… Learn More » »

Guest Blogger Mark Powell: Cappella Romana and Third Angle New Music

Posted on September 29, 2015 9:08 am by Sarah Tiedemann
Tags | 2015-2016 Season

“What will we eat in the year 2000? Energy pills and protein capsules, many long years from now.”
—Summer camp song

Mark PowellBack in the year 2000, Ron Blessinger took over the reins of Third Angle New Music as artistic director, and that same year he programmed the first major project of the music of Steve Reich, with three of Reich’s iconic compositions: Different Trains, Proverb, and Music for 18 Musicians. The latter two of these… Learn More » »

Guest blogger Carol Ann Raphael: Silence, great and small

Posted on September 14, 2015 12:17 pm by Sarah Tiedemann
Tags | 2015-2016 Season

In 1952 avant-garde artist John Cage composed his famous 4’33” (4 minutes 33 seconds), a piece in three movements for any combination of instruments that consists entirely of silence. The musicians come in, take their seats, and do not play a single note of music for four minutes and 33 seconds. The only sounds the audience may hear are those ambient sounds of the room in which they are sitting.

Interviewed about the composition… Learn More » »

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