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Modern Notebook for January 21, 2024

Composer Mohammed Fairouz.
Photo credit: Samantha West.
Composer Mohammed Fairouz.

On this week’s Modern Notebook with Tyler Kline: Caroline Shaw’s work “The Wheel,” is music inspired in part by Baroque music - opening with a Baroque solo cello line which is gradually encircled by other ideas. But it’s also music that the composer describes as giving “the feeling of walking alone through the city at night accompanied by one’s inner voices and reflections”.

Then: “The Named Angels” is a string quartet work by Mohammed Fairouz inspired by the angels that are named and recognized in the Islamic, Christian, and Jewish traditions; angels that embody justice, power, kindness, healing, death, and other universals that the composer says have made them pervasive in many of the world’s cultures.

Listen for those pieces, plus music by Aileen Sweeney, Hee Yun Kim, Evan Blache, Joshua Burel, Michael Gordon, Helen Grime, Stewart Goodyear, and others; and performances by Unheard-of//Ensemble, I Giardini, Elicio Winds, yMusic, violinist Rakhi Singh, Del Sol String Quartet, and more.

Tune in Sunday night from 8 to 10 ET on Classical WSMR 89.1 and 103.9. Stream online at wsmr.org.

Hour 1

Glisk by Aileen Sweeney.

Hee Yun Kim’s Aftertone.

Grey Night by Evan Blache.

Caroline Shaw’s The Wheel.

Voyage by Joshua Burel.

Missy Mazzoli’s Ecstatic Science.

Flashing Forward Thinking Back by Christopher Walczak.

Hour 2

Tinge by Michael Gordon.

Mohammed Fairouz’s The Named Angels.

Clarinet Concerto by Helen Grime.

Stewart Goodyear’s Congotay.

Each week, Tyler Kline journeys into new territory and demystifies the music of living composers on Modern Notebook. Listen for a wide variety of exciting music that engages and inspires, along with the stories behind each piece and the latest releases from today’s contemporary classical artists. Discover what’s in store on Modern Notebook.

Tyler Kline is a composer whose music has been performed across the United States, and internationally in Canada, Brazil and Romania. His compositional interests encompass a wide variety of styles and mediums, from acoustic chamber and large ensemble works to electronic and electroacoustic music. A native of Kentucky, he earned his Master of Music degree in Composition from the University of South Florida. Learn more at tylerklinemusic.com.