Modern Notebook for October 11, 2020

Spektral Quartet (Photo credit: Jocelyn Chuang)

On this week’s Modern Notebook, Tyler Kline shares music by Unsuk Chin titled Rocana, which means “room of light” in Sanskrit and musically imagines the behavior of beams of light. Plus, a new recording from the Spektral Quartet with flutist Claire Chase performing a work called “The Real Book of Fake Tunes.”

Featuring performances by violinist Miranda Cuckson, Bang on a Can All-Stars, violinist Jennifer Koh, and pianist Liza Stepanova; and music by Anna Weesner, Anthony Cheung, Anna Thorvaldsdottir, Jeffrey Mumford, Kamran Ince, and others.

That’s on the next Modern Notebook, this Sunday night from 8 to 10 EDT on Classical WSMR 89.1 and 103.9. Streaming at

Hour 1

  • China Gates by John Adams
  • Announcement from Huang Ruo’s Two Pieces for Orchestra.
  • Anna Weesner’s The Nearness of Things.
  • The Real Book of Fake Tunes by Anthony Cheung.
  • Anna Thorvaldsdottir’s Fields.

Hour 2

  • Missy Mazzoli’s Vespers for violin.
  • Solo guitar music by Dai Fujikura: Chance Monsoon.
  • Rocana, or Room of Light, by Unsuk Chin.
  • Jeffrey Mumford’s An evolving romance for flute & piano.
  • Pianist Liza Stepanova performs music by Kamran Ince.

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.