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News - Tarik O'Regan presents "Composing New York" documentary on BBC Radio 4

Tuesday, July 20, 2010
BBC Radio 4 features British composer and New York resident Tarik O'Regan in "Composing New York," a thirty minute self-written documentary on the siren call New York City held for European composers including Puccini, Bartok, Dvorak, Mahler, Kurt Weill, Rachmaninov and Benjamin Britten. O'Regan will also feature on BBC Radio as guest presenter and composer on several Proms broadcasts.

From the BBC Radio 4 website:

New York City has always drawn composers from the Old World - from Dvorak and Mahler to Kurt Weill, Rachmaninov and Benjamin Britten. Some, like Puccini, crossed the Atlantic to premier new works, others like Gustav Mahler and Bela Bartok stayed for longer periods to compose, study and conduct. But all were shaped by the energy of New York, just as the city's musical culture was shaped, in turn, by them.

Behind this extraordinary cultural exchange lay a deeper question: what should a truly American "classical" music sound like? Did it lie outside the concert hall and with the Broadway musical, as envisaged by Kurt Weill? Or was it Dvorak's iconic New World symphony, with its powerful invocations of the black American spiritual, that pointed the way?

Filled with the sounds of NYC, British composer and New York resident Tarik O'Regan presents a vivid portrait of the city which electrified these great composers and, through their works composed and premiered in New York, transformed the wider world of classical music.

Listen here:

Read more about Tarik O'Regan's Proms broadcasts here.

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