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On the Bang on a Can All-Stars' new album, Field Recordings, composers riff on a range of recorded sounds.
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April 24, 2015 Florent Ghys' An Open Cage springs from a recording of the maverick composer reading an excerpt from his Diary: How to Improve the World (You Will Only Make Matters Worse).
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Composer Julia Wolfe has won the 2015 Pulitzer Prize for music for Anthracite Fields, an oratorio about coal miners and their families.
April 20, 2015 The composer is the second from the New York music collective Bang on a Can to win the award with a choral work. Her oratorio explores the lives of coal miners and their families a century ago.
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Two of the Bang on a Can All-Stars immortalized on the kids' cartoon Arthur.
Courtesy of 'Arthur'
May 9, 2014 Because why shouldn't Julia Wolfe and David Lang be bringing the Bang on a Can All-Stars to Arthur? Watch this short and totally charming clip.
June 13, 2012 The NPR Classical team discusses and spins a variety of favorite new discs and downloads.
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Members of the Bang on a Can All-Stars playing in Shanghai in 2009.
Christine Southworth/courtesy of the artists
January 24, 2012 The venerable new music collective celebrates its 25th anniversary with a free double CD.
October 3, 2011 To celebrate the composer's 75th birthday, we've invited musicians who have collaborated with Reich as well as NPR friends to reflect on the pieces they adore.
The new CD of music by composer Steve Reich pairs the Pulitzer Prize-winning Double Sextet with the rock-inflected 2x5.
September 5, 2010 The composer's innovations have been distilled and polished to a new, compelling sheen in the Pulitzer Prize-winning Double Sextet and the new, rock-inflected 2x5. Hear both works here until they're released on Sept. 14.
October 30, 2008 Work is nothing more than eight hours of stress, with a lunch break in the middle. You find it's getting easier than ever to fly off the handle, even when the cause is as benign as a lack of hazelnut creamer in the coffee line. Don't reach for the Alka-Seltzer or Prozac. Instead, these five tunes will ease your toughest day on the job just fine.
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