On Now

Melissa Ousley
Listen to the Stream
  • Capriccio Sinfonico 4:00 Giacomo Puccini
    Orchestra of La Scala, Milan
    Riccardo Muti
    Buy Now
  • Flute and Harp Concerto 3:30 Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    London Symphony Orchestra
    Colin Davis
    Osian Ellis, harp
    Hubert Barwahser, flute
    Buy Now
Other MPR Radio Streams
Choral Stream
MPR News
Radio Heartland

You can now listen to Classical and Choral Music on your iOS (iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad) or Android device.

Blog Archive

June 2012
          1 2
3 4 5 6 7 8 9
10 11 12 13 14 15 16
17 18 19 20 21 22 23
24 25 26 27 28 29 30

Master Archive

Contact Us

Purchase the Music

  • Buy the music you've heard on-air! Your purchase helps support our classical service.


Classical Notes

Classical Notes: June 28, 2012 Archive

Wayne Shorter Commissioned by Orpheus Chamber Orchestra

Posted at 10:40 AM on June 28, 2012 by Emily Reese (1 Comments)

Jazz giant and tenor saxophonist Wayne Shorter is writing a piece for Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, and this makes me happy.

Shorter has always had a home among the more harmonically-innovative jazz musicians, from the whole-tone-inspired "JuJu" to the Copland-esque use of open fourths in "Witch Hunt."

As Shorter says in the accompanying article, composition is "improvisation slowed down."

While you might find this to be an oversimplification, keep in mind the emphasis put on learning the art of improv in the Baroque and Classical eras.

I look forward to hearing what Shorter writes for OCO, and to his upcoming piece for the Los Angeles Philharmonic.

Comment on this post