Have you ever looked at a piece of art and wondered: What would this painting sound like?
Well, so have a lot of composers! On this Saturday’s episode of Second Inversion, we’ll hear music inspired by famous works of art. We’re taking a stroll through a sonic art museum—from the splatter-painted canvases of Jackson Pollock to the meditative hues of Mark Rothko and the visceral street art of Jean-Michel Basquiat.
Classical music can be a little stuffy. You don’t typically see a lot of classical concertgoers movin’ and groovin’ along to the music in their seats.
But in the 21st century, composers have taken a cue from funk, jazz, folk, and the blues—and they’re learning some new moves. On this week’s episode of Second Inversion, we’ll hear music you can groove to. Tune in for toe-tapping, finger-snapping tunes from today’s top composers.
Throughout history, the classical tradition has been made richer by women’s contributions—even if they didn’t always receive proper credit.
On this Saturday’s episode of Second Inversion, we’re celebrating women’s voices. We’ll hear music from women who have helped shape, inspire, and expand the world of classical music. From the modal musings of Hildegard von Bingen to the ear-expanding experiments of Pauline OIiveros and the vibrant, cross-cultural folk songs of Nathalie Joachim, we’ll hear music from women who have made a mark on classical music history. Plus, we’ll talk about why women composers have been historically underrepresented in classical music—and how that’s changing in the 21st century.
Blinding sun, shimmering sands, prickly plants and an endless, open sky—there is something magical about the desert.
It’s difficult to put it into words, to capture it on paper, or to sum it up in a song. The music of the desert slips through your hand like sand, evaporates like a mirage—but composers have never stopped trying to capture it. This Saturday on Second Inversion: Desert Mirage. From singing sands to desert duets, cactus needles to cricket songs, we’ll hear music and stories from deep within the desert.
A couple planks of wood might not sound like the most riveting orchestration—but it turns out the musical possibilities are endless!
This Saturday on Second Inversion: Knock on Wood! We’ll hear from composers who have built entirely new sound worlds from some very humble lumber. From the warm wooden tones of the marimba to literal two-by-four planks of wood, we’ll hear from artists who have logged some serious hours exploring the timbre of—well, timber.