New York theme, another great female composer on the splendid T-shirt is (b.1942). Meredith Monk
Donald Macleod’s ever-engaging coverage on BBC Radio 3’s
makes a useful introduction; see also Composers of the week this appreciation from Tom Service. Here’s an extensive playlist:
Some tracks I like:
Songs of ascension (2008):
Hocket (1990) (cf. here):
Here’s a playlist for her opera
Monk’s sound world has affinities not only with minimalism (cf.
here, and here) but with folk and early music. Apart from music, theatre, and dance, her work in film is also striking. Here’s an excerpt from Book of days (1988):
And to complement my
Halloween post, here’s Scared song (1986):
I love the way New York (and indeed London) has room for this kind of thing alongside
Blondie, Madonna, punk, and so on—genre-bending, always dissolving boundaries.
Some remarkable female vocalists feature prominently in my
Playlist of songs, such as Nina Hagen, Barbara Hannigan and Enza Pagliara.
Ladies and gentlemen, Lenny Bruce!!