Modern Notebook for May 10

Composer Missy Mazzoli (Photo Credit: Marylene Mey)

This week on Modern Notebook, Tyler Kline shares a Beatles song that’s been transformed by composer Toru Takemitsu into a beautiful solo guitar work. Plus, unheard-of//Ensemble performs a work by Cassie Wieland called To Live in Static; music for violin and electronics by Missy Mazzoli performed by violinist Jennifer Koh; and a collection of songs by Kirk O’Riordan setting 15 haiku by Japanese poet Matsuo Basho, featuring soprano Ann Moss and pianist Holly Roadfeldt.

Tune in for Modern Notebook, Sunday night from 8 to 10 Eastern on Classical WSMR 89.1 and 103.9. Streaming at

Hour 1
  • The first movement of Jessica Meyers Get Into the Now.
  • Admiral Launch Duo performs music by Stephen Rush.
  • Kirk O’Riordan’s Autumn Winds, a collection of songs setting 15 haiku by Japanese poet Matsuo Basho.
  • Music by Hilary Tann for solo cello called Kilvert’s Hills.
Hour 2
  • Here, There, and Everywhere, a song originally performed by the Beatles and arranged by Toru Takemitsu for solo guitar.
  • Cassie Wieland’s To Live in Static.
  • Music for violin and harp by Kenji Bunch written in part as a response to September 11th.
  • Kaija Saariaho’s Laterna Magica, music inspired by a pre-20th Century prototype film projector.
  • A Thousand Tongues by Missy Mazzoli.

Modern Notebook is hosted by WSMR’s Tyler Kline, and is a program that highlights music composed since the Mid-20th Century, with a special focus on the music of living composers.