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The Mega MoMA Mix

A sequence of music celebrating the reopening of New York's Museum of Modern Art, from Philip Glass to Ellie Goulding.

In Tune's Mega MoMA Mix continues Radio 3's celebration of the reopening of New York's Museum of Modern Art, which took place last night. The mix reflects the work of visual artists and musicians who have contributed to MoMA over the years, and we hear pieces by composers from New York's flourishing indie-classical scene.

Music from two of the presenters of Radio 3's current series 'The way I see it' begins the mix, with comedian Steve Martin's banjo playing followed by Steve Reich's Nagoya Marimbas.

Aaron Copland's music has featured regularly at MoMA - we hear his music for the film The Red Pony (1949)

Philip Glass is also a regular at MoMA, represented here by his piano Etude no. 1

MoMA's new Kravis Studio opens with an installation devoted to a new interpretation of David Tudor's electronic piece Rainforest, which dates from 1968 - we hear an excerpt from the original version.

Andy Warhol is credited as producer of The Velvet Underground's classic debut album from 1967, when the band featured in Warhol's multimedia roadshow 'Exploding Plastic Inevitable'. We hear Lou Reed's song 'I'm waiting for the man'

Missy Mazzoli's music blurs the boundaries between classical and popular styles, as in her Vespers for a New Dark Age, composed in 2015.

The mix ends with Ellie Goulding's 2018 recording of Don McLean's classic song Vincent., inspired by one of the jewels of the MoMA collection, Van Gogh's The Starry Night.

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Music Played

  • Steve Martin

    Pitkin County Turnaround

    Performer: Steve Martin.
    • The Crow.
    • Decca.
  • Steve Reich

    Nagoya Marimbas

    Performer: Bob Becker. Performer: James Preiss.
    • Steve Reich: Proverb / Nagoya Marimbas / City Life.
    • Nonesuch.
    • 2.
  • Aaron Copland

    The Red Pony Suite - 2 The Gift

    Performer: Buffalo Philharmonic. Conductor: JoAnn Falletta.
    • Naxos.
  • Philip Glass

    Etude No. 1

    Performer: Philip Glass.
    • Philip Glass: Etudes for Piano Vol.I, No.1-10.
    • Orange Mountain Music.
    • 1.
  • David Tudor

    Rainforest Version 1 (excerpt)

    Performer: David Tudor.
    • OHM+.
    • Ellipsis Arts.
  • Lou Reed

    I'm waiting for the Man

    Performer: The Velvet Underground.
    • The Velvet Underground and Nico.
    • Verve.
  • Missy Mazzoli

    Vespers for a New Dark Age VIII - Postlude

    Ensemble: Victoire.
    • Vespers for a New Dark Age.
    • New Amsterdam.
  • Don McLean


    Performer: Ellie Goulding.
    • Polydor.


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