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David Dalle
Thursday March 8th, 2018 with David Dalle
Celebrating International Women's Day with music from composers Sofia Gubaidulina, Gloria Coates, Hindustani violin with Kala Ramnath and more.

Today we will hear music by tremendous women composers, musicians and singers. The program will be anchored by two grand, richly emotional and epic works by two composers: Sofia Gubaidulina and Gloria Coates. At first glance, they seem a world apart, Gubaidulina a Tatar-Russian from Tatarstan in the then-Soviet Union, Coates in an American from Wisconsin. Though they seem so different, they have a lot of commonalities, they are from the same generation, Gubaidulina born in 1932, Coates born in 1938; they both have forged very successful careers pursuing their own unique musical voice; they have both lived in their current home in Germany for several decades; and both pieces we hear today were composed in 2007. Aside from these commonalities, their music is very different. Gubaidulina's is very strongly influenced by spirituality and her Orthodox faith, and has a strong affinity with Bach. Coates' is more focused in abstract experimentation with sound and texture. However their music is both mostly tonal, and very rich emotionally, often invoking a powerful and memorable reaction in listeners. The two pieces from 2007 we hear today are both masterpieces. From Gubaidulina we hear her 2nd violin concerto, a commission for German violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter, who waited patiently for almost two decades for this work. It is titled "In tempus praesens" (in present time) and Gubaidulina invokes the violin breaking free from darkness on its way to transcendence. From Coates we hear her 9th String Quartet, a work in two movements the first is in canonic form and forms almost a palindrome. It features many of the glissandos, tremolos, quarter-tones that makes her music so arresting to the ear. It is absolutely breathtaking. We will also hear a raga performed by the exceptional Hindustani violinist Kala Ramnath, and some tremendous women singers and musicians from Mail, Morocco, Iran, Syria.
Concerto for violin and orchestera In tempus praesens
Sofia Gubaidulina/Anne-Sophie Mutter, London Symphony Orchestra, Valery Gergiev - In tempus praesens - Deutsche Grammophon
Rag Alihya Bilawal
Kala Ramnath & Vijay Ghate - Singing Violin - Neelam
Adjaratou Tapani Sissoko with Super Manden - Badenya: Manden Jaliya in New York City - Smithsonian Folkways
Sima Bina - Zolfaye Yarom - Caltex
Myur kdarni
Ensemble Roudaniyat - al-Hal - Zimbraz
String Quartet No. 9
Gloria Coates/Kreutzer Quartet - String Quartet No. 9 - Naxos
Interactive CKCU
PeterB (host)
Sublime... My only complaint is "Woman's DAY". What happened to the other 364?! Irks me. Not your fault, i know....... :^/

2:23 PM, March 8th, 2018
David Dalle (host)
Well honestly, this is why I don't tend to mark these occasions on my show. e.g. I did not explicitly mention Black History Month during February. Though I did program an enormous amount of music from Black culture, I want to stress that that is routine on my show. It should be routine year-round. For similar reasons I almost never use the term "woman/female composer" or "women/female conductor", they are composers and conductors, just like Bach or Bernstein. Calling Gubaidulina a "woman composer" signifies that she is an "other" composer, i.e. a "composer" by default, should be male. That is wrong. Though today, since the show happened to fall on March 8th, I did use gender as a guiding factor, but for the specific music chosen, it is actually not gender but violin/string music which ties the show together. I hope this all makes sense! ;)

2:39 PM, March 8th, 2018
PeterB (host)
Sorry (sort of) to have hit the RANT button David. ;^) Although a worthy rant on any day of the year. I also have a big problem with the term "WORLD Music", even though I need to use it in context of This Island Earth now and then. Folks just know what it means. Really, ALL music comes from the world. ... Don't even get me started on "Earth DAY", or several others .... mumble,mumble,mumble .... >;^)

3:05 PM, March 8th, 2018
David Dalle (host)
You might notice, I *never* use the term "World Music" on show (unless it's in the name of a label or album title)! There are so many things wrong with it, easy to make arguments that it's racist or colonial. ;)

3:21 PM, March 8th, 2018
PeterB (host)
Or, just ignorant about where music comes from -- which is EVERYWHERE. OK, rant off. ... for now ... ;^)

3:30 PM, March 8th, 2018