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Modern Notebook for March 17, 2024

Composer Salina Fisher.
Photo credit: Hagen Hopkins.
Composer Salina Fisher.

Coming up on Modern Notebook with Tyler Kline: Kintsugi is the ancient Japanese art of repairing broken pottery with gold. It’s when an object becomes more beautiful for having been broken. On this week's program, hear Salina Fisher’s work “Kintsugi.” It’s a fragile sound world of musical fragmentation and finding beauty in the “cracks,” a metaphor for embracing strength in imperfection.

Then, listen for new music from Shelley Washington that is a musical depiction of her neurodivergent experience of “time blindness.” Titled “Eternal Present,” it’s music that explores two kinds of timelessness: the “now,” and the “always.”

Also featuring music by Caroline Shaw, JessieMontgomery, Maeve Gilchrist, Shara Nova, Julia Mermelstein, Cara Stacey, Simmy Singh, and others; and performances by yMusic, NZTrio, pianist Chris Opperman, Conspirare, cellist India Gailey, ~Nois Saxophone Quartet, flutist Tessa Brinckman with pianist Kathleen Supové, and more.

That’s Sunday night from 8 to 10 ET on Classical WSMR 89.1 and 103.9. Listen online from anywhere at wsmr.org.

Hour 1

The Locomotive/The Adequate Sufficiency by Maeve Gilchrist.

Joan Tower’s Petrouchskates.

Draft of a High-Rise by Caroline Shaw.

Salina Fisher’s Kintsugi.

Jessie Montgomery’s Soul Force.

Lament by Ellen Taafe Zwilich.

Shara Nova’s I Have Never Loved Someone.

Hour 2

Lament for the Earth by Simmy Singh.

Julia Mermelstein’s Bending, breaking through.

Eternal Present by Shelley Washington.

Cara Stacey and Tessa Brinckman’s You Never Come Out the Same.

Concerto Grosso by Errollyn Wallen.

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.