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Click on Classical: Gregorian chant gets a remix, composers pair up, and listeners pick the best choral work of all time

Posted at 8:21 AM on April 21, 2014 by Jay Gabler
Filed under: Click on Classical

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Every Monday morning at about 9:15, I join John Birge on Classical MPR to discuss some of the stories we're featuring on our site. Here are the stories we'll be talking about today.

Among musical genres, Gregorian chant and hip-hop are a pretty unlikely couple. Ricky O'Bannon, though, found a clever interpolation of the traditional Dies Irae chant in "The Second Coming," a rap song by Just Blaze and Julez Santana. The artists didn't sample the chant, they turned it into a beat with a musical twist that underscores the themes of both the song and the traditional requiem. Hear the song, and read Ricky's analysis, here.

Speaking of couples, Garrett Tiedemann noticed that composers are working in duos more and more frequently when composing for film and TV. That's not a common practice among concert composers--though Mozart and Haydn, for example, were good friends, they never shared a musical byline--so why is it becoming routine among composers working in film and TV scoring? Garrett explains why, and lists several pairs of composers whose work you should know.

We're celebrating choral music this month on Classical MPR, and what's a celebration without a little competition? We want to know what the greatest choral works of all time are, and we're asking you to help us choose. Until midnight April 25, you can vote for your top five choral compositions​; on April 30, we'll be counting down the top 25.