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Composing a String Quartet on the Reservation

Classical music is dominated by styles developed centuries ago in Europe, but that's rapidly changing. On Performance Today we'll meet Native American composers who are training students attending high school on the Navajo and Hopi Nations in the southwest to compose in their own style as part of the Native American Composer Apprentice Project (NACAP). The result is a mix of traditional melodies, lyrical musical descriptions of the land and percussive rhythms of heavy metal, all performed by a classical string quartet.





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