Inspired by her radio shows at Shanghai Media Group FM94.7, which is broadcast to over 2 million Chinese listeners, Jenny Q Chai draws a musical map for modern audiences. She traces the history of how contemporary music comes from distinguished predecessors, and how geographical regions and cultural aethetics in music influence and react to each other. The program is a guided listening tour for those who have insatiable musical curiosity about the evolution of music.

SCHUMANN – THE INVENTOR OF CHARACTER PIECES:

Schumann, Chopin from Carnaval

THE TURN OF THE CENTURY IN FRANCE – FRENCH COMPOSERS’ REACTIONS TO GERMAN-AUSTRIAN MUSIC

Satie, Gymnopedie (called ambient music by John Cage)

Debussy Preludes:

La fille aux cheveux de lin
Feux d’artifice

Debussy Etude Pour les huit doigts

THE TURN OF THE CENTURY IN GERMANY AND AUSTRIA – THE 2ND VIENNESE SCHOOL

Schoenberg, Three Piano Pieces Op. 11, No. 3

Webern, Variations for piano, Op. 27 No. 2

CONTEMPORARY AMERICAN COMPOSERS’ RESPONSE

Andy Akiho, Response Pieces I Homage a Webern: Transparency played by Rhodes and Wurlitzer keyboards)

THE TURN OF THE CENTURY AMERICAN MUSIC – REACTION AGAINST EUROPEAN MUSIC, THE INTEGRATION OF OTHER GENRES OF MUSIC

Ives, Concord Sonata Mvt. 3, “Alcotts”

Ives songs:

Dream
Memories

MID-20TH C. GERMANY – REACTION AGAINST ALL MUSIC BEFORE, ELECTRONIC MUSIC, SOUNDS FROM OTHER PLANETS

Stockhausen, Klavierstuck VIII

FRANCE: NEW SOUNDS AFTER DEBUSSY – RAVEL AND SATIE, MESSIAEN’S BIRDCALLS AND SCALE OF LIMITED TRANSPOSITION

Messiaen, Catalogue D’oiseaux: VIII. L’Alouette Calandrelle

AMERICAN: REACTION AGAIN COMPLEX MUSIC AND 12-TONE TOTAL CONTROLISM –  JOHN CAGE, MUSIC OF CHANCE, SILENCE AND PREPARED PIANOS

John Cage, The Wonderful Widow of Eighteen Springs (singing-speaking piano)

CONTEMPORARY AMERICAN COMPOSERS’ RESPONSE AND CONTINUATION

Andy Akiho, Synesthesia Suite Karekurenai (Crimson) (prepared piano)

Annie Gosfield, Brooklyn, Oct.5, 1941

Richard Sussman, Spirit Guide (jazz and electronics, written for Jenny Q Chai)