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Introducing the New NMC Music Map
8 August 2012

What's new?
Explore new music with NMC's Music Map. As well as being able to see the connections between composers, their teachers, pupils and influences you can now do the following ...

  • Embed the map on your website, starting from the composer of your choice as easily as a You Tube video.
  • Build your Music Map Journey, creating a playlist which you can share on social networking sites (Click image above for example)
  • Use the search function to find a composer in the map
  • Listen to up to seven NMC tracks by each composer on the new audio player
  • Find out more about the composers on their pop-up mini biographies

Please help us by sharing the map and your Music Map Journey via email or on your website and social networking pages. Let's encourage music fans to listen and explore new music.

 

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Colin Matthews shares his Music Map Journey and some thoughts on the connections.
(Click on the journey images below)
 
Rather than start with myself I thought it would be more interesting to go from an unrelated composer and see how quickly I could find myself, so starting from Tom Waits, whose music I love but would never expect to find in my corner, I went via Kurt Weill to Dominic Muldowney, then Harrison Birtwistle, and from Alexander Goehr to Stravinsky to Oliver Knussen - which would have arrived at me next, but the journey’s already over!
 
However an amendment to the Music Map, which I’m recommending, would have gone from Tom Waits to John Cage and from Cage to his unlinked and unlikely teacher Schoenberg* and thus to me in only 4 steps. This is fun! Next why not try Mauricio Kagel (a score of his amazing 3 Études happens to be sitting on my desk), then to David Sawer, who studied with him, Judith Weir, Benjamin Britten, and as I’ve now got to myself too quickly let’s go on to Mahler and thence to an unexpected connection with Grace Williams. How else could we have established a relationship between Argentina and Wales in seven steps?

 

* link recommendation now added. Thanks Colin!

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