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Composer and guitarist Scott Johnson.
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Composer and guitarist Scott Johnson dies at 70

Extra Eclectic - March 29, 2023

Composer Scott Johnson, who forged his own original style based on the rhythmic and melodic components of recorded speech, died this past Friday at 70. It comes as a tragic irony, as Johnson was perhaps the other primary modern composer associated with mastering this technique besides Steve Reich — whose works incorporating the technique were featured on our show just last week. In Johnson's honor, Extra Eclectic host Steve Seel features his poignant work Soliloquy performed by the Kronos Quartet on this week's show. 

Episode Playlist

Chorale For Nanine with Birds (Hommage A Messiaen)
Gerald Levinson (Composer)
Now Your Colors Sing (Album)
Marcantonio Barone, Piano (Soloist)
Duration: 4:36
Blues Dialogues: Blues Feeling
Dolores White (Composer)
Blues Dialogues: Music By Black Composers (Album)
Rachel Barton Pine, Violin (Soloist)
Duration: 3:24
Still Life with Avalanche
Missy Mazzoli (Composer)
Meanwhile (Album)
Eighth Blackbird (Orchestra/Ensemble)
Duration: 8:46
Cantus In Memory of Benjamin Britten
Arvo Part (Composer)
Angele Dubeau (Conductor)
Arvo Part: Portrait (Album)
La Pieta (Orchestra/Ensemble)
Duration: 7:08
Brian Eno/Roger Eno (Composer)
Study of the Invisible (Album)
Vanessa Wagner, Piano (Soloist)
Duration: 4:39
The Quiet at Night
Mary Lattimore (Composer)
At the Dam (Album)
Mary Lattimore, Harp (Soloist)
Duration: 4:13
The Night Gatherers
Judd Greenstein (Composer)
First Things First (Album)
Chiara String Quartet (Orchestra/Ensemble)
Nadia Sirota, Viola (Soloist)
Duration: 12:54
Ink Dark Moon
Joby Talbot (Composer)
Ben Gernon (Conductor)
The Moon and The Forest (Album)
BBC Symphony Orchestra (Orchestra/Ensemble)
Milos Karadaglic, Guitar (Soloist)
Duration: 23:25
Lua Descolorida (Colorless Moon)
Osvaldo Golijov (Composer)
Julian Azkoul (Conductor)
Renewal (Album)
United Strings of Europe (Orchestra/Ensemble)
Ruby Hughes, Soprano (Soloist)
Duration: 6:23


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