New Muse

New Muse explores the contemporary classical music of today.

Past Episodes

  • Episode 59: Alternative Violin Aired: Wednesday, April 26, 2017

    We listen to atypical works for violin, including phase by Steve Reich, Alban Berg's Violin Concerto, and Arvo Part's Fratres.

  • Episode 58: Female Composers FTW Aired: Wednesday, April 12, 2017

    We listen to works by living female composers, including a magical soprano saxophone concerto by Jennifer Higdon.

  • Episode 57: Atterberg, Schimmel, and Ives Aired: Wednesday, March 22, 2017

    We listen to playful music by Charles Ives and Carl Schimmel, and a symphony by Kurt Atterberg.

  • Episode 56: The Harp of New Albion, Part II Aired: Wednesday, March 8, 2017

    We listen to the second half of Terry Riley's masterpiece The Harp of New Albion on vinyl.

  • Episodes 55: Astor Piazzolla and Friends Aired: Wednesday, March 1, 2017

    We listen to elaborate tangos by Astor Piazzolla and works by C.F. Kip Winger and Dutilleux.

  • Episode 54: The Harp of New Albion, Part I Aired: Wednesday, February 22, 2017

    We listen to the first half of Terry Riley's The Harp of New Albion, which is inspired by the westerly winds playing a legendary harp.

  • Episode 53: Turanglia Symphonie Aired: Wednesday, February 15, 2017

    We listen to a love song of epic proportions: Olivier Messiaen's Turanglia Symphonie.

  • Episode 52: Quince meets Janus Aired: Wednesday, February 8, 2017

    We listen to striking unique works performed by janus trio and Quince Contemporary Vocal Ensemble.

  • Episode 51: Vox Balaenae (Voice of the Whale) Aired: Wednesday, February 1, 2017

    We listen to George Crumb's piece Vox Balaenae (Voice of the Whale) inspired by recordings of whale calls, and music to lift you out of winter grey spirits.

  • Episode 50: 1 YEAR ANNIVERSARY! Aired: Wednesday, January 25, 2017

    We revisit some favorites from the past 50 episodes of New Muse, including music by the groundbreaking groups eighth blackbird and Roomful of Teeth.