Modern Notebook

Series produced by WSMR

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An eclectic mix of contemporary classical music with a special emphasis on the music of living composers. There are no carriage fees for this program.

Each week, Tyler Kline journeys into new territory and demystifies the music of living composers on Modern Notebook. Listen for a wide variety of exciting music that engages and inspires, along with the stories behind each piece and the latest releases from today’s contemporary classical artists. Discover what’s in store on Modern Notebook. There are no carriage fees for this program.

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A note about programming:
Modern Notebook features mission-driven programming focused on sharing great music by living composers, especially composers from historically underrepresented backgrounds. There are two important considerations when curating the show: composer uniqueness (sharing music by as many different composers as possible) and composer diversity.

In the year 2021, Modern Notebook has featured 257 unique composers across 52 weeks of programming (two hours per week). As of September 2022, there have been 261 unique composers featured on the program.

Likewise, in the year 2021, 47% of Modern Notebook programming featured diverse (i.e., non-white) composers and 58% of programming featured female, non-binary, and transgender composers; and as of September 2022, 51% of composers featured have been diverse and 56% have been female, non-binary, or transgender individuals.

Creating representative programming is integral to Modern Notebook's mission, and efforts are made at every level to offer an equitable platform to artists of all kinds.

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For more information regarding Modern Notebook, or to request custom promos and more, contact Tyler at gtkline@wusf.org.

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*Modern Notebook is available as a 1- or 2-hour program.*

The show is offered in either a 1-hour format [the first hour generally includes more pieces, about 7, and is intended to fit well within a typical “sound” of a classical music station] or a 2-hour format [the second hour includes a second hour with longer pieces, some up to 30+ minutes, or utilizes more unconventional sounds, within the classical context]. Each hour features one :60 floating cutaway and one :60 fixed cutaway at :59.

It is recommended that if you choose to carry just one hour, you should carry the first hour each week.
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**The first episode for stations to carry will be available Monday, September 26 for air dates October 2-8**

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About the host:
Tyler Kline is an active composer with over a decade of experience in public radio. His music has been performed throughout the United States, and internationally in Asia, Europe, and South America. Tyler has been a classical music host at Classical WSMR in Tampa, FL since 2013, where he has produced and hosted Modern Notebook since 2019. Learn more about Tyler on his website, www.tylerklinemusic.com. Hide full description

Each week, Tyler Kline journeys into new territory and demystifies the music of living composers on Modern Notebook. Listen for a wide variety of exciting music that engages and inspires, along with the stories behind each piece and the latest releases from today’s contemporary classical artists. Discover what’s in store on Modern Notebook. There are no carriage fees for this program.________________________________A note about programming:Modern Notebook features mission-driven programming focused on sharing great music by living composers, especially composers from historically underrepresented backgrounds. There are two important considerations when curating the show: composer uniqueness (sharing music by as many different composers as possible) and composer diversity. In the year... Show full description


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Coming up on Modern Notebook with Tyler Kline: Music of life, love, and loss is coming up on the next Modern Notebook, with a work by Anna Clyne co...

  • Added: Jul 15, 2024
  • Length: 01:58:04
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This week on Modern Notebook with Tyler Kline: hear music by Bianca Gismonti performed by pianist Andree-Ann Deschenes, as well as pieces by Daniel...

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  • Added: Jul 08, 2024
  • Length: 01:58:00
  • Purchases: 4
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On the next Modern Notebook with Tyler Kline: Microfictions [volume 1] is a set of six miniatures for string quartet composed by Caroline Shaw, in ...

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  • Added: Jun 28, 2024
  • Length: 01:58:03
  • Purchases: 7
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On this week’s Modern Notebook with Tyler Kline: John Cage was one of - if not the - most influential composers of the 20th century, and while he w...

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  • Added: Jun 24, 2024
  • Length: 01:58:03
  • Purchases: 7
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Coming up on this week’s Modern Notebook with Tyler Kline: Damien Geter’s String Quartet No.1, titled “Neo-Soul,” is an ode to the genre of music t...

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  • Added: Jun 17, 2024
  • Length: 01:58:01
  • Purchases: 7
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On this week’s Modern Notebook with Tyler Kline: “Unity Amongst Youth of Diaspora” and “Secondline for Black Love” are the two movement names of Co...

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  • Added: Jun 10, 2024
  • Length: 01:58:01
  • Purchases: 6
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Coming up on the next Modern Notebook with Tyler Kline: I’ll have music for cello by Jorge Sosa called “Reimagined Spring,” and pieces by Shawn Okp...

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  • Added: Jun 03, 2024
  • Length: 01:58:02
  • Purchases: 7
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On this week’s Modern Notebook with Tyler Kline: tune in for solo cello music by Canadian-Argentine composer Analia Llugdar composed for Matt Haimo...

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  • Added: May 27, 2024
  • Length: 01:58:01
  • Purchases: 8
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Coming up on Modern Notebook with Tyler Kline: In his work “Home,” Kevin Puts places the work within the tonal center of the key of C, which he say...

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  • Added: May 20, 2024
  • Length: 01:58:02
  • Purchases: 7
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Coming up on this week’s Modern Notebook with Tyler Kline, we’re celebrating Asian-American Pacific Islander Heritage Month with a mix of music fro...

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  • Added: May 13, 2024
  • Length: 01:58:00
  • Purchases: 9
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On this week’s Modern Notebook with Tyler Kline: Perforation, by Alex Burtzos, is an exploration of grief, presented in a deliberately stripped-dow...

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  • Added: May 06, 2024
  • Length: 01:58:02
  • Purchases: 7
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Jamaican-American violist Jordan Bak has a new album out called “Cantabile: Anthems for Viola,” and it is a celebration of works both new and old. ...

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  • Added: Apr 29, 2024
  • Length: 01:58:01
  • Purchases: 7
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On the next Modern Notebook with Tyler Kline: States of discord: like struggle, disagreement, dispute, and division - is the subject matter of Clar...

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  • Added: Apr 22, 2024
  • Length: 01:57:59
  • Purchases: 7
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On this week’s Modern Notebook with Tyler Kline, tune in for a new recording from composer Nova Pon, with a piece called “World Within.” It’s music...

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  • Added: Apr 15, 2024
  • Length: 01:57:59
  • Purchases: 7
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Coming up on the next Modern Notebook with Tyler Kline: There is a tapestry of symbolism and rich imagery throughout Theresa Wong’s solo piano work...

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  • Added: Apr 08, 2024
  • Length: 01:58:03
  • Purchases: 6
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On the next Modern Notebook with Tyler Kline: On April 8th, 2024, a solar eclipse will sweep across North America, and over 31 million Americans ar...

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  • Added: Apr 01, 2024
  • Length: 01:58:01
  • Purchases: 6
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On this week’s Modern Notebook with Tyler Kline, tune in for a work by Kerry Politzer for solo piano titled “Microclimates,” and a buzzing work by ...

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  • Added: Mar 25, 2024
  • Length: 01:58:01
  • Purchases: 7
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On the next Modern Notebook with Tyler Kline: Sun Keting’s acapella work, “Mang Gu,” draws on the Yunnanese tribal dance of the same name. It’s mus...

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  • Added: Mar 18, 2024
  • Length: 01:59:03
  • Purchases: 7
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Coming up on Modern Notebook with Tyler Kline: Kintsugi is the ancient Japanese art of repairing broken pottery with gold. It’s when an object beco...

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  • Added: Mar 11, 2024
  • Length: 01:58:00
  • Purchases: 6
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On this week’s Modern Notebook with Tyler Kline: Composer Outi Tarkiainen grew up in the northernmost region of Finland, most of which sits above t...

Bought by Morehead State Public Radio, GCR (Global Community Radio), New Hampshire Public Radio, KECG, WDAV Classical Public Radio and more


  • Added: Mar 04, 2024
  • Length: 01:58:03
  • Purchases: 7