I’ve been listing to an iTunes Radio station that I’ve been curating: Kirk’s Contemporary Classical. (Click the link and it will open in iTunes, and you, too, can share my music.) I hear a fair amount of music that I’m not familiar with, which is the point of iTunes Radio, at least for me.
But when I hear such a piece, I want to know who wrote it. I may want to buy a recording, or seek out more music by the composer. This afternoon, I heard the following:
I didn’t know this composer “Sleep.”
iTunes general uses the composer’s name, followed by a colon, but the use here in this cheap compilation album can be confusing…
(I knew who the composer was, though: it’s Arvo Pärt, from the very first album of his music on ECM. I attended a concert in Paris, shortly after its release, with the musicians on this disc, and Pärt was there as well.)
Here’s another one that came up later:
It’s not by Barber (that’s an actual composer’s name preceding the album name), but by Steve Reich.
For both of these, I can choose to view the albums in the iTunes Store to find out who the composers are, but it’s really not rocket science to provide that information when the music is playing in iTunes Radio.