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Concertos of the future with Viet Cuong

Composer Viet Cuong.
Aaron Jay Young
Composer Viet Cuong.

Explore the traditional classical form of the concerto and where it's headed next.

Originating as a vocal genre in the 16th century, the instrumental form we know as a concerto today appeared about 100 years later. It went on to become one of the most popular forms of classical music.

This week's guest is composer Viet Cuong.

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Sascha Groschang
Laurel Parks

Viet Cuong

Extra(ordinarily) Fancy - Concerto for Two Oboes
by Viet Cuong
Kaleidoscope Chamber Orchestra and Robert Walker, Laura Arganbright - oboe

by Narong Prangcharoen
Delta David Gier with the South Dakota Symphony, Emanuele Arcuili - piano

Violin Concerto
by Magnus Lindberg
Magnus Lindberg with the Tapiola Sinfonietta

Prince of Clouds
by Anna Clyne
Vinay Parameswaran with the Curtis 2020-21 Ensemble, Jennifer Koh, Jaime Laredo - violin

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