Music Matters

Hosts Nick Morandi and Danny Hansen, from the Eastman School of Music Composition Department, curate, present, and discuss new music by 20th and 21st century composers, as well as music by ESM-affiliated composers.


Alumni Hosts: Diana Rosenblum, Aristéa Mellos, Alex Stephenson, Jake Bellissimo, Jasmine Thomasian

Past Episodes

  • 2/24/2016 - The Spatial Music of Henry Brant Aired: Wednesday, February 24, 2016

    Hosts: Carlos Sanchez-Gutierrez, Aristea Mellos, Diana Rosenblum, Nick Morandi

    This week, two spatialized works by the American composer Henry Brant (1913-2008).

    Ghosts & Gargoyles: Spatial Soliloquies
    Performed by Robert Aitken and the New York Flute Club

    Antiphony I
    Performed by the New York Philharmonic
    Spoken introduction by Leonard Bernstein

  • 2/17/2016 - Guest composer and organizer of the Ritsos Project, Aristéa Mellos Aired: Wednesday, February 17, 2016

    This week, our cohost Aristéa Mellos describes her annual festival on the island of Samos in Greece, the Ritsos Project, based on the work of poet Yannis Ritsos (pictured). We hear music by Eastman composers featured at the festival.

    Hosts: Carlos Sánchez-Gutiérrez, Aristéa Mellos, Diana Rosenblum, Nick Morandi.

    Bear Dance, by Daniel Pesca
    Performers: The Ritsos Project Ensemble

    I am sinking in a sea of copper ships, by Zach Sheets
    Performers: The Ritsos Project Ensemble

  • 2/10/2016 - Guest composer Amy Williams Aired: Wednesday, February 10, 2016

    This week, special guest composer and pianist Amy Williams! We talk about being a performer and composer/educator, as well as Amy's fascinating evening-length work, Cineshape.

    Hosts: Carlos Sanchez-Gutierrez, Aristéa Mellos, Diana Rosenblum, Nick Morandi, with guest segment by Alex Stephenson

    Cineshape 2 by Amy Williams
    Performers: Amy Williams, piano; JACK Quartet

    Richer Textures (in seven movements) by Amy Williams
    Performers: JACK Quartet

    Falling by Amy Williams
    Performer: Amy Williams, piano

  • 2/3/2016 - Guest composer Aaron Jay Kernis Aired: Wednesday, February 3, 2016

    This week, special guest Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Aaron Jay Kernis! We talk to him about the state of music, his decade-long stewardship of the Minnesota Orchestra's Composers Institute and his new position as director of the Nashville Symphony's Composer Lab and Workshop, and writing for orchestra.

    Hosts: Carlos Sanchez-Gutierrez, Diana Rosenblum, and Nick Morandi

    Colored Field - II: Pandora Dance by Aaron Jay Kernis
    Performers: Truls Mork, cello; Minnesota Orchestra, cond. Eji Oue

  • 1/27/2016 - Guest composer Ricardo Zohn-Muldoon Aired: Wednesday, January 27, 2016

    This week, special guest Eastman composer and professor Ricardo Zohn-Muldoon!

    Hosts: Carlos Sanchez-Gutierrez, Aristéa Mellos, and Nick Morandi, with guest segment by Alex Stephenson

    Sones de Tierra Fria - Day by Ricardo Zohn-Muldoon
    Performers: Tony Arnold, soprano, with the Eastman Broadband Ensemble, cond. Tim Weiss. Live recording from the SoundSCAPE Music Festival

    Candelabra III by Ricardo Zohn-Muldoon
    Performers: Michael Fowler, piano, Stuart Gerber, percussion, and Camerata de las Américas, cond. José Luis Castillo

  • 1/20/2016 - "Into the Little Hill" Aired: Wednesday, January 20, 2016

    This week, the short chamber opera "Into the Little Hill," by George Benjamin. A wonderful work that contains some surprising connections to the modern state of classical music. With a bonus song cycle by Oliver Knussen to round out the hour.

    Hosts: Alex Stephenson and Aristéa Mellos

    "Into the Little Hill: a lyric tale in two parts" by George Benjamin
    Performers: Anu Komsi, soprano; Hilary Summers, contralto; Ensemble Modern, cond. Franck Ollu

    Libretto by Martin Crimp; based on the folk story of the Ratcatcher (Pied Piper) of Hamelin.

  • 1/13/2016 - Music for Wind Ensemble, with guest composer Robert Morris Aired: Wednesday, January 13, 2016

    This week, music for winds, brass, and percussion--aka, the Wind Ensemble, from Eastman School of Music, the home of the first wind ensemble. Featuring the music of our guest, composer and Professor of Composition at Eastman, Robert Morris.

    Hosts: Carlos Sanchez-Gutierrez, Diana Rosenblum, Aristéa Mellos, Nick Morandi

    Octet, mvt I: Sinfonia by Igor Stravinsky
    Performers: Eastman Wind Ensemble, cond. Mark Davis Scatterday

    De Staat (excerpt) by Louis Andriessen
    Performers: Schoenberg Ensemble, cond. Reinbert de Leeuw

  • 12/30/2015 - Henri Dutilleux Aired: Wednesday, December 30, 2015

    This week, the music of the French composer Henri Dutilleux, a unique and beautiful voice in twentieth century music.

    Host: Carlos Sanchez-Gutierrez

    String quartet – Ainsi la nuit (“Thus the night”) by Henri Dutilleux @ 6:18

    In seven movements played without pause:
    I. Nocturne - Parenthèse I
    II. Miroir d'espace - Parenthèse II (Mirror of space)
    III. Litanies - Parenthèse III
    IV. Litanies II - Parenthèse IV
    V. Constellations
    VI. Nocturne II
    VII. Temps suspend (Suspended time)

    Performers: Juilliard String Quartet

  • 12/23/2015 - Music and the Modern Metropolis Aired: Wednesday, December 23, 2015

    This week, music and the modern metropolis--music that deals in some way with the business and speed of twentieth century life.

    Hosts: Diana Rosenblum and Nick Morandi

    Concerto for Orchestra by Elliott Carter
    In four movements played continuously - I: Allegro; II: Presto volando; III: Maestoso; IV: Allegro agitato
    Performers: London Sinfonietta, cond. Oliver Knussen

    Amériques (original version, 1921) by Edgard Varèse
    Performers: Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra, cond. Christopher Lyndon-Gee

  • 12/9/2016 - New and Old, week 2 Aired: Wednesday, December 16, 2015

    This week on Music Matters, the second week of our exploration of new music that interacts with the music of the past. Featuring music by Eastman graduate students Alex Stephenson and Daniel Pesca, as well as music by Eastman composition professor David Liptak.

    Hosts: Nick Morandi, Diana Rosenblum, Alex Stephenson

    O Clarissima, by Alex Stephenson
    Performers: Waibun Chan, viola, and Dylan Perez, piano

    Prism, mvt 2 by Jacob Druckman
    Performers: New York Philharmonic, conducted by Zubin Mehta