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PREMIERE: Sō's Adam Sliwinski Plays Dan Trueman's Étude #4 from 'Nostalgic Synchronic'

PREMIERE: Watch Adam Sliwinski Play Dan Trueman's "Marbles" Étude on bitKlavier (New Amsterdam) >>

It's been 11 whole months, yes, since we first saw Sō Percussion's Adam Sliwinski's cross-handed study of Dan Trueman's bitKlavier. Shot then by Troy Herion, with Silwinski patched into his Princeton colleague's "prepared digital piano" via Casio USB for prelude-only, with all the bugs beta-ed out now, watch Silwinski's Roland A-88 shake under the more progressive hammer action of "Marbles"--directed by Evan Chapman. Like Ligeti's last Grawemeyer étude for Boulez from Book One, but played by the Synclavier I from Boulez conducts Zappa, lest you think Dan Trueman's lost his own here, well, just press play.

Classicalite Wordoku

Wordoku ANSWERS (Mini): Contemporary Composers, Letter Z [UPDATE] >>

Introducing Classicalite's newest Wordoku puzzle! Think you can solve this 6x6 grid with 3x2 regions featuring: Zimmermann, Zwilich, Zappa, Zorn, Zimmer, Žebeljan?

Classicalite Wordoku

Wordoku Puzzle (Mini): Contemporary Composers, Letter Z >>

Introducing Classicalite's newest Wordoku puzzle! Think you can solve this 6x6 grid with 3x2 regions featuring: Zimmermann, Zwilich, Zappa, Zorn, Zimmer, Žebeljan?

Intuitively Yours, Karlheinz Stockhausen

Intuitively Yours, Karlheinz Stockhausen >>

The Aughts were especially tough on Modernism. Starting in 2001, we lost Iannis Xenakis. In 2003, Luciano Berio passed on. Three years later, György Ligeti expired in Vienna, and two years shy of making contact, Mauricio Kagel had his last, albeit post-modern laugh in 2010. Woe be to the Darmstadt demigods of yore; the only one left standing is Pierre Boulez. And as the maître's made more than clear, on the front line of composition anyways, he will fight no more forever. Here in the States, Prof. Milton Babbitt, l'éminence grise of Princeton, stretched his earthly tenure to 94 years. But his death in January of 2011 integrally reminded us that the end of Elliott Carter, who would've turned 104 this December, was nigh.

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