music 180

(photo by Lisa Kirchner)

(photo by Lisa Kirchner)

Nice remembrance of Leon Kirchner today on WBUR’s Here and Now. He passed away yesterday at 90. A student of Arnold Schoenberg and Ernest Bloch, his own teaching is remembered for its ability to reveal music from the inside by bringing live performances and music analysis together in the classroom. John Adams and Jonathan Kramer were part of Kirchner’s famously innovative Music 180 classes at Harvard.

When you’re ready to do some listening, maybe consider starting with some of my favorites: the piano pieces. Interludes, sonatas, the duos with violin, or the great Five Pieces from 1987. Whatever your pleasure, listen knowing that you’re hearing a singularly visionary voice in contemporary classical music.

(See another article here.)

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