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Heartbreak hangover with Lee Hartman

Composer and conductor Lee Hartman
Andrew Schwartz of Veritography
Composer and conductor Lee Hartman

This week on Sound Currents, explore the darker shades of romance as we hear music inspired by heartbreak.

Anger, sorrow, hurt, betrayal — hear music that embraces the emotions that come along with the rollercoaster that is modern love and heartbreak.

This week's guest is composer and conductor Lee Hartman.

Scroll to the bottom to hear a bonus conversation with Lee, and be sure to answer this week's "favorite piece" poll!

Sascha Groschang
Laurel Parks

Lee Hartman, composer/conductor

Trobairitz - III. Q'en trop d'orguoill ant gran dan mantis many gens
by Lee Hartman
Timothy Oliver with the Arkansas State University Wind Ensemble, Kristin Leitterman - oboe

Cruel Sister - Part IV
by Julia Wolfe
Brad Lubman with the Ensemble Resonanz

Leander and Hero
VIII. Hero Finds Leander's Body and Will Not Leave His Side
IX. Postlude (The Cliffs)
by Hannah Lash
The City of Tomorrow

Ipsa Dixit - II. Only the Words Themselves Mean What They Say
by Kate Soper
The Wet Ink Ensemble

Fantasia Olora - Opus 1
by Stephanie Ann Boyd
David Burns - cello, Benjamin Woo - piano

Bonus Content
Have you ever heard airhorns in a piece of music before? Lee talks about how he utilized the unconventional item in his work "Banshee Reels."

Did any pieces we included this week stand out to you?
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