If there’s one thing fairy tales and fantasy novels have taught us, it’s that there is something magical about midnight.
That’s always when the portal to another world closes, when humans turn to monsters, and when monsters wreak havoc. If you have any magical business to take care of, midnight is always the deadline. No matter what, Cinderella’s carriage always turns back into a pumpkin at midnight.
On this Saturday’s episode of Second Inversion, we’re taking a little midnight stroll. We’ll hear music inspired by dark skies and the mysterious secrets they hide.
You can learn a lot from the birds—when you’re quiet enough to listen.
The freedom and spontaneity of birdsong has inspired composers across the ages, including many composers today. Each one has its own unique melody, rhythm, timbre, and tune.
This week on Second Inversion, we’re listening to the birds. From mourning doves to evening vespers, we’ll hear music written for an entire orchestra of birds. Plus, a piece that brings together birdsongs from all around the globe.
The human voice may be the original musical instrument, but in the 21st century composers are taking it to new heights—literally.
On this week’s episode of Second Inversion, we’ll hear new and novel approaches to vocal music, including music that loops, layers, and transforms the human voice—plus artists who speak volumes without ever using words.
We often think of classical music as kind of the opposite of folk music. Classical music values complexity, precision, and perfection—it runs counter to some of the warmth, immediacy, and community-oriented aspects that are so central to folk music.
And yet, classical composers across history have found inspiration in folk traditions the world over. On this week’s episode, we’ll explore modern takes on classic folk tunes from around the globe. Tune in for a Navajo corn-grinding chant, folk songs from the women of Haiti, traditional wedding tunes from the Danish island of Fanø, and an instrument used to communicate with the ancestral spirits of the Shona people.
Music is rooted in change: chord change, tempo change, dynamic change. But music can also ignite change. It can bring people together, create a dialogue, and make you listen just a little bit differently.
On this week’s episode of Second Inversion, we’re exploring music that celebrates and embodies change. We’ll hear moments of innovation in the classical tradition, discover works that challenge the established order, and listen to a piece of music that changes every time you play it.