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Welcome to the Exploring Music Discussion Page – Give us your general feedback on the site!

Welcome to the Exploring Music streaming website. This site allows you to listen to the more than 850+ hours of programs that we've created over the past ten years (please note: some programs are still being added, so if something you're looking for isn't here yet, check back soon).

One thing that we're looking for now is your feedback!

As you use the site, please share your comments. We want to hear what you like and also what you think we should add or improve. Please post your comments below.

107 Responses to Welcome to the Exploring Music Discussion Page – Give us your general feedback on the site!

  1. Robinson says:

    Hi, Steve Robinson here. We created Exploring Music 10 years ago to give radio listeners a high quality “music appreciation” program that we hoped would appeal to classical music lovers of al sizes and shapes. Creating this site was part of the original concept and, at last, here it is! We hope you find the site to be valuable and we also hope you’ll take a moment to give us your feedback. Your comments will be invaluable. Of course, we also hope you’ll become a member at one of the three subscription levels you’ll find on the sign-up page. Thanks…and we hope to hear from you!

  2. John Munier says:

    I love the new web site. It’s like have Exploring Music on TeVo. No more scrambling across time zones to find streaming stations when the local time is not convenient, and no more missing programs over vacation, etc.

    I have one concern. If I miss a week, I would like to be able to find out what programs aired that week, and you can’t do that now. Your home page has a listing of upcoming topics, but you can’t go backwards. A mini-calendar just listing each week in the month and year with the topic (link) would be great.

    I have one one problem. If I log in while on the home page, and then navigate to one of the weekly show topics, your site does not know that a am logged in any more. My log-in status should not change as I navigate from page to page.

  3. Exploring Music says:

    John,

    You bring up two imporant points.

    We’re in the process of inserting a ‘search by date’ feature onto the list of programs since that will clearly be something people desire. We may add a not saying that feature is coming soon.

    As for the other issue of being logged in and the site not recognizing you when you navigate – that shouldn’t be happening, but we can fix it quite quickly.

    thanks,
    Tony (Exploring Music)

  4. Michael McCaskey says:

    My good friend John loves classical music and I think he would really appreciate a gift subscription. How do I go about giving him one?

    Michael

    • Exploring Music says:

      Michael,

      Great question (about gift memberships). The easiest way to do that is to simply “Join Today” as if you’re getting a subscription for yourself but instead of entering your own email address, enter your friend’s and select a temporary password for you friend. Then you can email or tell your friend about the gift and tell them that their login is their email and give them the password (they can later reset their password if they prefer).

      I hope that makes sense. We do plan to automate the gift subscription process at some point, so that your friend would receive an email directly from the website.

      thanks,
      The Exploring Music staff

    • Evelin says:

      I don’t know but I definitly feel ya!!! What’s worse tghouh is AFTER Christmas and you hear a Christmas song or see Christmas stuff at the store!!! GAG ME!!!

  5. alba hall says:

    Who was the Viennese Symphony artist who sympathized with National Socialism and denounced other artists who subsequently died in the regime’s concentration camp system? I tried to track it down on today’s listings of Performance Today but drew a blank.

  6. Richard Palmer says:

    I am extremely pleased to be an early subscriber and early commenter. Put another way: HOT DIGGEDY DOG! WOWIE-ZOWIE!

    Since I only discovered the program 3 1/2 years ago, the Archive is a wonderful asset! Thanks, Steve! Thanks, Bill!

    And since I am one of those who thinks web content should not be free, I am delighted that you have established a “paywall” that is at a reasonable level. (Would that the NY TIMES would be “reasonable.”)

    On one level, I will miss the opportunity to stream from Texas at 9AM Eastern, or Buffalo at 11 AM, or Kankakee at 12noon, or Oklahoma at 2PM, or Honolulu (!) at 8 Eastern/2PM HST, or Iowa at 10 PM, or Utah at 11 PM — depending on my schedule, but maybe I’ll do so anyway sometimes for sport and old-times sake. :-)

    Hope you get 500,000 subscribers.

    Richard Palmer
    Washington, DC [where the NPR stations DO NOT broadcast Exploring Music]

  7. Ofra says:

    Dear Mr. McLaughlin,
    Your Yiddish is indeed lacking a bit… Meshuggeh is not mixed up, it’s plain “crazy” – meshuga in Hebrew.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_English_words_of_Yiddish_origin

    I love Schubert:-)

  8. Harmon says:

    This is odd. I picked a program to listen to, & now it won’t turn off – even when I quite the web browser! And I can’t find anywhere to stop the stream…

  9. Richard Stevenson says:

    I have been listening to this program for years, at least whenever I could. I teach a classical music appreciation class in a local senior center, going on now about six years, and in nearly every class, I have encouraged my “students” to tune in to this program. I just recently happened onto this archive and immediately subscribed at the annual rate, and I took an excerpt from one of the programs and played it in the group (Frederick Delius was the composer talked about) last Monday (May 6th). I think now at least some of the current members of the group will start tuning in to the program itself. I also told them that I will probably use an entire one-hour program from time to time (cop out on my having to prepare the material myself), and after listening to the excerpt, they were all in favor of my doing so. I do wish I had found this archive before May 1st and had taken advantage of the second year bonus, but the normal annual cost is still well worth it. Money definitely well spent!

    I love this program, and I have learned so much by it. Now I can catch up on programs I have missed, and I can also listen to as many programs I want to revisit any time I wish. My poor TV will now feel very lonely, because it won’t be turned on very much anymore.

    Keep up the great work. I appreciate this program, and now this wonderful archive, in my life.

    Richard Stevenson, Salt Lake City, Utah

  10. Exploring Music says:

    From a listener:

    There is not a single program that doesn’t open my eyes to another aspect of music or some little detail that I have been overlooking or a detail of a composer’s life that strongly affected his life and, by that, his/her compositions.

    Bill is a jewel of knowledge, as well as the smooth delivery of a man who constantly says what I relish, to flesh out a piece of music, and tell the rest of the story. Thank you so much!

    Count me in as a charter member!

    P.S. My fourth grade music teacher started my journey by having me imagine story lines, moods, or situations while listening to the orchestral music used in vintage Looney Tune Cartoons. . .and it worked. From Luney Tunes to Prokofiev and Barber.

    Bill took over Miss Bowers position the first program I listened to him. I had been waiting since I was nine. I am now 64.

    Thanks Bill

  11. Harmon Dow says:

    I tried listening to one of the programs – Respighi – on my iPad mini last night, using Safari. On the mini, I didn’t get the separate hour-long program listings or playlist dropdowns. And checking my iPhone, I found that the same information is missing.

    Eventually, it dawned on me that when I log in on a mobile platform, I’m getting the mobile website rather than the normal website. And when I switch over to the normal website, the program & playlists are there.

    But shouldn’t they be on the mobile site, too?

    • Jim Swayne says:

      I have the same problem with my iPad. Email playlist sometimes arrives, sometimes not, sometimes mid week.

      • Exploring Music says:

        The playlists are all available online at the bottom of every show. (Look for a little gray button dubbed playlist!) But the playlist e-mail should be returning. Sorry for the delay.
        Sophia Feddersen
        Social Media WFMT

  12. Gaffney Feskoe says:

    Bill,

    I think that you and the team produce a fantastic show. As I like them all, I can’t pick a single one as they are all outstanding.

    Future recommendations:

    -A week of Bruckner analysis. (I hope that doesn’t drive the audience away!)

    Drawing on your training and experience on the podium, how about a series on examining the great conductors of the past through their recorded legacies. Perhaps you could also add a series on the great pianists, violinists, cellists, etc.

    Keep up the great work!

  13. Aanel says:

    Yay! I’m so glad this is finally up and running! I hope the Wagner’s Ring series will be added soon — can you let us know when it is? Thanks!

  14. izzy sommers says:

    i have become fascinated by the cultural and political classical musical themes, such as the Smetana, Die Moldau, which has become, i think, the Israeli national anthem, and the Emperor quartet of Haydn, i think, which has become the National anthem of Germany and Austria, i think, and John Lennon’s Imagine which started a western culture all by itself. i apologize if you have already addressed this theme and idea. if not, i think it would be a good topic for presentation and i humbly suggest it for the future. i enjoy your daily show. it is informative, creative and inspiring. thanks in advance for reading this email. My feeling is that like the Aboriginal cultural customs, the oral histories are often sung and accompanied by something simple like the beating of tom-toms and a rhythmic dance around the fire, or something more complex like the jingling of tamborines, by women, such as Miriam, and dance postures such as the Song of Moses and the Psalms of David and the Song of Solomon which must have had someone playing the lute or a trumpet or a ram’s horn to announce the new year or a full orchestra to accompany Jan Pierce when he sings the song Kol Nid’ra. Your programme should run forever as it has such interesting connections with the musics and the dances from prehistoric times and forgotten cultures such as the original Negro Jews of Abbysinia. Thanks again for reading this fantasy of mine, and of others, i believe. Sincerely, izzy

  15. Winona Adkins says:

    Bill, I have been mad for you ever since I saw a program on public TV that you did with Andre Watts. (Gosh, I hope that was you, but who cares now?) I didn’t remember who you were, but I remembered your voice and have been following it wherever it showed up. Like one of the other listeners, I follow you on many radio stations via my beloved iPhone. I have a 7×24 chart showing when Exploring Music is on and support my favorite stations. Now, I can support you directly, too. Please thank Mr. & Mrs. William Gardner Brown and Susan & Richard Kiphart for making this website possible. Those of us with more modest means really appreciate it.

  16. Alan Willburn says:

    Thank you sooooo much for making your fantastic shows available on demand. Our local station, which is great, airs them at 9pm. A not so accessable hour for me. Thanks again.

  17. Barbara Wollman says:

    I loved having the week’s programs all in one list. Will you be bringing that back?

  18. tom sullivan says:

    Brahms is my favorite composer, so naturally I like the 2 week ‘biography.’ I’m enjoying listening to it on your new subscription service. This suggestion would be somewhat unconventional, but I wonder if you would consider doing a program on the composer/bass player Edgar Meyer. You sometimes briefly venture out of the Classical field, but to do Meyer’s work justice you would have to stray more than usual, but perhaps there are enough of his fans listening to make it doable.

  19. tom sullivan says:

    Could it be that you haven’t done a biography of Dvorak yet? I don’t see one on your list of programs. I would enjoy learning more about his life and work, as well as hearing lots of his music.

  20. twofigs says:

    5/15/13…you can play Wagner now until the end of the year,
    Listen to all the time, when we’re home, and Wednesday, May 15, 2013 the 2nd act love duet was just of Tristan und Isoda was in one word – mesmerizing. we saw the LaScala production of Tristan und Isolda with Ian Story and Waltraud Meier and it was spell binding. Keep up the good work. The twofigs, Lewes, DE

  21. John Parmalee says:

    Bill, I have been a pretty regular listener since the first of the year when I retired. I have followed you through several musical forms and enjoyed them. In collage I flunked music Appreciation but loved it anyhow, I worked for a good music station in Miami and have attended many concerts despite my academic failure. Thanks for making up the difference in details.

    I would like to ask for a week of another form, Brass Band music. John Philip Susa wrote nearly thirty marches listed on Wikipedia Another Paul Lavalle and the band of America was a staple in the late 40’s (pre TV) in my home, the other staple was Grand old Opry with Minnie Pearl and company. I can’t remember which came first.

    I went on to play the Tuba in the high school band from my love of the Band of America March.

    Thanks

    John Parmalee
    Jparmalee@aol.com

  22. Frank Coffee says:

    In spite of the fact that a short I is the same in German as in English and that nobody has ever called Fricka FREE-kah, Bill McLaughlin, sublimely ignorant of the German language as well as of much else, thinks he knows better.

    He should also know that the names of musical intervals elucidates nothing and is essentially useless to non-musicians. He seems to think that knowing these terms gives him credence as a musicologist. More fool he!

    • Amy Quigley says:

      If you listened to all of his five hours, particularly program five, maybe you could find a way to descend from your high and knowledgeable horse! Bill’s programs are produced and written for music lovers and even those who do not understand the essence and beauty of classical music. He has never claimed to be an expert in any foreign language (as apparently you are) and is merely trying to present a topic to musicians, music lovers, as well as those who have never been able to understand the beauty of music, with or without words.
      If you feel that he is “ignorant” and “useless”, you would be better off not listening. He has given two people in my life, a greater understanding of and peaked an interest in classical music. He has also given me a broader perspective and appreciation for many composers that I was not fond of previously.
      Kudos to Bill McLaughlin whose research paired with his presentation, has given both musicians and non-musicians a wealth of unbiased knowledge and expanded the base of classical music lovers with his broadcasts.
      BTW, it has always been my feeling that opera should not be performed in languages that are not “Romantic”. It pains me to listen to any piece of beautiful music in the harsh language of German. It just does not roll off of anyone’s tongue in context of the music or story line. Just an aside, I studied French and Russian and can understand German (since I grew up in a Yiddish speaking home), Greek (understand and read but speak hesitantly due to the complexity of the language), and understand conversational Punjabi. I just threw that in merely to say, good for you and your Germanic knowledge! Go back to school and take a music appreciation course which Bill McLaughlin could give you for free!

  23. Joey Dulalia says:

    Dear Bill and staff,
    Thank you again for the Wagner Rings Program,however condensed, I still appreciated the power, glory and beauty of the music, the Ann Russell spiel was an interesting off beat treat. Makes me want to dye my hair blond, and I’m from Manila…

  24. Amy Quigley says:

    Bill,
    As the recipient of a BA in Mathematics (logic, as is music), a piano/music student who became frustrated with a #2 pencil tapping my hands at the age of 12 during a half hour of organ lessons that I did not ask for, and now, as an adult owner of a restaurant/bar that hires musicians, your weekly themed programs have refreshed and added much joy to my classical training and love of musical composition. I even have my “rock ‘n roll” husband listening!
    Keep up the marvelous work and development of this site!
    Amy Quigley
    PS As much as I love opera, Wagner and the Ring Cycle have never been even close to my favorites. Between your 5 hour program and the WQXR Jeff Spurgen broadcast called “Clash of The Titans”, it all has clicked; my love of the music and aversion to its basis. Thanks to both you and Jeff for helping me to sort it out!!

  25. Marilyn Briggs says:

    Very glad I heard the subscription announcement just now. Rarely get to listen, so now I can listen when I get a chance.
    It would be good to hear a program of Latin American rhythms–or has one already been done? MB

  26. Michael Fallgatter says:

    I’m very happy with the site and the sound quality is tops. I’d like to see podcasts made available so that I can put a program on a USB drive and listen on my home stereo or during an automobile trip. Top quality wouldn’t be necessary – 96 or 128 kbps would be just fine. Congratulations on providing this service.

    • Robinson says:

      Michael: I’m glad you’re happy with the site! Unfortunately, we don’t have the rights to offer podcasts which means on-demand streaming is the only option. But I hope and trust it’s a good option for you. Also, the site works well on smart phones so you can take Exploring Music with you wherever you go. Thanks for your interest.

      Steve

      Steve Robinson
      General Manager
      WFMT and the WFMT Radio Network
      Executive Producer, Exploring Music

  27. ALEXANDER SPRINKLE says:

    I am so-o-o happy to be able to touch Bill McGlaughlin’s prior broadcasts because 1.I have enjoyed listening to his comments for many years now, and 2.I consider his knowledge and understanding of ‘music’ to be of the highest level of perception in the field today. I wish him many years of joyful preparations and presentations.

  28. lesley meriwether says:

    I love this idea. 24/7 for late night listening when I can’t sleep. Listening to my favorite teacher! Doesn’t get better than this. It is getting late (I’m 70) but I still have much to learn. Thank you. Red Barn in Arcata

  29. thomas worthen says:

    So I joined for fifty only to learn that firefox does not support the sound. So I use another browser: happy day I get sound! But I only am able to hear the first 7 or 8 minute free sections. This site needs work!

    • Gigi Ross says:

      I listen to the shows on Firefox and the sound is just fine. Once I joined I was able to listen to whole programs. So, I’m wondering why it doesn’t work for you.

  30. Sue Roberts says:

    I tried to post this comment yesterday and, apparently, failed.

    I’ve habitually used this web site to find out what had been played that evening on KUAT-FM, or what would be played. Now, I don’t seem to be able to find the current playlists – at least not easily. Can it again be made to be a one-click task?
    I’m not a fan of on-demand media – such a thing tends to reinforce ones own preferences. I prefer to tune to whatever is on my local radio station and get surprised. Your show is probably the best thing out there.
    But I really want to be able to find the current playlist easily. As far as I can tell, I need to know what show I’m listening to to do that.

  31. Gigi Ross says:

    Hi. Was listening to Program 3 on American Masters III and the show stopped in the middle of Bill’s comments after Lou Harrison’s Suite for Piano, Violin, and Small Orchestra.

  32. Ed Greeley says:

    Hello all,

    Looking for a song I heard on Monday, June 6, played around 8:30 pm, with the chorus line “in the 21st century.” Been trying to find out the artist and name of the song. Is there a playlist on the website? I’m new to the station and website , and have not found a playlist. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

  33. tom sullivan says:

    Perhaps my earlier suggestion to do a show on Edgar Meyer would more feasible if he shared the week with Mark O’Connor, with whom he has often collaborated. These two,but especially Meyer, have demonstrated in their careers a penchant for exploring music.

  34. michael w. says:

    Hi, I am a huge fan of the show. I like where the show is going but I was wondering if you could do a show focusing on the history of electronic music starting from the late 19th century to early 20th century. Thanks.

    Michael W.

  35. Alan S says:

    Hi,
    I love the program, thanks foe putting it online like this!

    Are there any plans to do some kind of podcast / downloadable version, so I could listen on the train on an iPod, or somewhere that doesn’t have internet access…? I know you’re trying to control a payment system (and I’m happpy to pay) but hopefully you can come up with a way to do this?

    Thanks

    • Steve Robinson says:

      Alan: I’m afraid we can’t offer any of the programs for download as that’s against the rules. I realize they’re not always reliable but the site does work well on mobile devices. I hope this helps.

      Steve Robinson
      Executive Director, Exploring Music

  36. Phyllis Bixler says:

    I really enjoy the available of your archive through direct streaming. Such a bargain, especially for first subscribers who get two years for the price of one.

    Direct streaming on my iMac brings so much to this retired English professor who now has time to pursue another love, music.

    I’m so happy to add Exploring Music to Met on Demand, the Berlin Philharmonic Digital Concert Hall, medici.tv.

    You have just the right balance of verbal analysis/information and the music itself.

    Thank you.

  37. Ernest Johansson says:

    It’s mother’s milk to me. Today the string quartet discussion helped me understand some of the personal and professional dynamics of quartet study and performance. Recently a recording of the Richard Strauss Alpine Symphony me an insight into that difficult work.

  38. Vivian Hitch says:

    Do you have an app so I can find you easily on my iPad?

    • Exploring Music says:

      We don’t unfortunately have an iphone app yet. But that’s high on our list of possible next steps. We’l let you know if that happens.

      -Tony
      Exploring Music

  39. tom sullivan says:

    It seems to me now that the website features programs-on-demand, that some of the programs should go into more depth. I’m thinking particularly of the ‘biographies’, but would welcome more comprehensive coverage on abstract topics, as well. The ‘highlights’ approach works well for one-off broadcasts, but is less satisfying for return visits to an archive of material.

    • William McGlaughlin says:

      Hey Tom,
      Thanks for trying out the web site and taking the time to write. You bring up a very good point. I’d love to include more information and go into greater depth on many of topics we consider. But I’ve got time constraints — every radio hour has only 58:30 available and it’s made for broadcast to the general public. Maybe, as time goes on, we can go back and add additional material available online, where we would have more room.

      But right now, just trying to crank out five 58:30 hours has me swimming.
      You may have to supplement on your own. If you read music there’s a very important source you can use —the IMSLP Petrucci Music Library. You’ll find a wealth of music there and more seems to be added every day. Download the scores, save them as PDFs and then you can scroll along as you’re listening to the recordings on our website.
      Grove Dictionary of Music is an invaluable source too. It’s expensive online but your local library almost certainly has it. Try it out — it’s twenty volumes of the most authoritative writing on music.
      And keep listening.

      Bill

  40. Mark Spearman says:

    I am a new subscriber and I already love the site. I am listening to the Tudor series (most of which I had missed). I had never heard the original Tallis piece that inspired Vaugh Williams. Hearing both in succession is enchanting! Thank you for your show.

    Mark

  41. Leah Metzger says:

    I am thrilled to be able to listen to these programs on my own time. No more snatching moments from cooking/serving/eating dinner. No more shushing the family and then STILL missing some comment. But, that said, I am now aware of gaps. Listening to the programs on Ravel, I had to resort to Wickipedia to learn why “Ondine” is so difficult and to find out what a Pantoum is. More analysis and commentary please!

  42. Ben LeRoux says:

    Bill, I have loved listening to your shows for a long time now ! I have turned many of my friends in the Corvallis, Oregon area on to your shows and they love the way they learn so much by listening to you. Many are fairly new to classical music and they say things like, “Bill de-mystifies the music for me and educates without condescending”. I am a Flamenco and classical guitarist whose mother was a very good pianist and organist, and love many kinds of music from her influence.
    I would love to hear more music on period instruments such as forrte piano and viola de gamba. Also, have you ever heard the guitar/violin duo of Marga Bauml and Walter Klasinc ? They were never international mega-stars but were nevertheless sensitive interpreters of Paganini and others.
    Warmly, Ben LeRoux

  43. Wayne Berry says:

    Bill,
    I have just subscribed and listened to the two Rack.programs I missed earlier this week. I already think this is the best $50 I have ever spent.
    I wish you could work on downloads of these so I was not tied to my computer.
    Wayne Berry

  44. Moshe Rozenblit says:

    I tune in to my favorite radio station – WQXR – for 1 reason only: to listen to music, everything else is nuisance. Yet I find Exploring Music so delightful I make a point of listening to every broadcast, whenever I can. Thanks for this wonderful program!

  45. Fru Teston says:

    Bill, You’ve saved the best Rach for the last program…my three most favorite comps in the whole oeuvre, Vespers, the P. Variations, and the Symph. Dances…with Vespers maybe the most wonderful, and there’s more to be said (and i’m sure you’ve said it somewhere, but I haven’t had opportunity to hear it) about the so-called “sadness” in his music. I think the word is “melancholy,” and that implies a kind of delicious pleasure in there somewhere, like remembering something that was experienced in the delight of perfect innocence but recalled with the pain of loss. i’m sorry not to be able to afford the $50/2 year thingy but next month plan to at least get a year. i’m so old I wonder if i’ll have two years anyway! and i’m so anxious to hear Rach Program 5, the one I wanted most to hear. all best, my dear, I so hope this endeavor is successful and that you will experience some income from your totally beautiful creations – creations they surely are, with beginnings, middles, and ends, dramatic and satisfying trips into the wordless magnificence of serious music, accompanied by you, our guide and mentor. I meant to write you about your Wagner T&I program, the one with Kirsten flagstad, whom I heard on the radio live, but had to live an additional sixty years to really hear her pearly voice on your show, and had you not played those excerpts I still wouldn’t have known what wagner himself i’m sure would have approved. heavenly. fru

  46. Natalia Garcia says:

    I have been listening to your radio programs since their inception. Some I have enjoyed so much and they taught-me so much that now I am subscribing to the web site.

    What I like to hear is when you concentrate on ONE composer or one aspect of a composer e.g. Beethoven’s quartets, Mozart’s piano concerti etc. Thank you, Natalia Garcia.

  47. Alan B. Burdick says:

    Hi, Bill,

    One of the most frustrating questions I have about music deals with key signatures. You check a dozen “history of music” or “introduction to music” books, and they will tell you all about the fact that X composition is in E-Flat and Y composition is in G. But NONE of them say WHY the composer chose one key or another. I am fully aware that many instruments, particularly winds and brass, are much more easily played in a given key or another – e.g., Horns in E-Flat; Clarinets in B-Flat or C. But why do we have string quartets or piano sonatas in many different keys? Is it really all related to the concept of “well tempered” scales? Can you clarify this, especially as it applies to music that is more recent than Bach? It really bugs me that book after book and internet article after article say nothing about WHY. Thanks very much!

    I’ve loved your work since St Paul Sunday and wish you the very, very best.

    Alan B. – Hawaii

  48. James says:

    Where is there a playlist for the program playing in the current week? I’m listening to it, but can’t find the names of the pieces playing like used to be available.

  49. Tom Faust says:

    I discovered this site a month ago and have to admit my public radio station listening has diminished, preferring the concentration of a theme, composer, or genre over the random listening to what is on and jumping in in the middle.

    I’m into the fourth hour of the Haydn Mozart String Quartet programs and thinking maybe an exploration of these two composers’ solo keyboard works would be an interesting theme.

    Also, I look forward to the iPhone app. I listen on the phone but find it difficult to maneuver from selection to selection or hour to hour. The site works best on PC, good on iPad but rough going on the phone.

    Thanks for doing so much. I feel guilty asking for more.

    Tom Faust

  50. Winston Peckson says:

    Hi,
    I hear your program on the radio and really wanted to subscribe. I filled up the form on line, and despite several attempts to check out after filling in all the required fields, your system kept on replying – fill out the required space which was the password field. Very frustrating. Pls let me know how best to proceed. Many thanks

  51. D Tremper says:

    The Fri 7/12/13 program included a recording of Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue. I don’t remember ever hearing Bernstein play it before. It was so fresh and so sultry. I heard him speak years ago and he said something to the effect that when he conducted he felt as if he were composing that very music then- it flowed out of him. That recording felt like it to me. Spontaneous and new. Thanks for airing it.

  52. Stephen Nicolosi says:

    I noticed that you recently did a week or two of Mahler and I did catch parts of most of these programs. From what I heard I am under the impression that you did the symphonies and major song cycles. What did surprise me is that I don’t think you included Das Klagende Lied. I believe. the early three part version is surprisingly mature and includes a good hint of what is to come. In any event, I was surprised this wasn’t included given the completeness of the presentation. Otherwise, I did enjoy and appreciate what I did hear. On another note. I live in Tucson and understand that you directed the orchestra here some time back.

  53. Joan says:

    I was curious as to what the music is for the opening of the show. And, if it’s available anywhere.

  54. Wayne Berry says:

    Your disscussion of the Bartok Concerto for Orchestra was quite a revalation to me, Bill. I thought I had invented flutter tounging all on my own. I know my high school band director didn’t much appreciate it. I used to use it to imitate a hot rod reving its engine. Once while rehearsing Anderson’s Sliegh Ride (the trumpet that did the whiny at the end was not there) I threw in a snowmobile reving its engine. It so suprised the musician that sat in front of me, it shot him right off his chair. The Oxford Dictionary of Music even mentions flutter tounging.
    And I thought I had created something new. Darn!
    Wayne Berry

  55. Vinod says:

    That God is faithful to turn our mnounirg into gladness. He can take this tragic experience and make beauty out of it by giving me understanding and compassion for others and teaching me to cherish my family on earth even more.

  56. Kevin Z. Moore says:

    So what exactly does it mean to paint a picture with music? Music is not a visual art and the pictures composers pretend to paint can only be stipulated content, never heard/seen content. The music can represent this or that painting–it can represent anything–but hearing/seeing the picture is impossible.. The language of painting cannot be translated into the language of music as French can into Italian. So, my question is: what were these composers thinking? There are no Pictures at an Exhibition if the exhibition is musical.

  57. Wayne Berry says:

    Bill,
    I believe you short changed all the other composers who have orchestrated “Pictures at an Exibition.” I heard the Nashville Symphony play a concert with each section by a different orcheatrator. It even had to fit in extra sections of the Promenade to get them all tied together. Ravel’s orchestration may be the most popular, but I think others deserve their due.
    Wayne Berry

  58. Mary Lou Rizzo says:

    The program is wonderful and I can only encourage you to continue educating us. Is it possible to give a gift subscription to someone in a market (South Florida) where the program is not available?

    Thank you.

  59. Mary Lou Rizzo says:

    The program is wonderfule and I can only encourage you to keep educating us! Is it possible to give a gift subscription to someone who is not in your existing market areas? (South Florida)

    Thank you.

  60. rj says:

    YOur programme is broadcast on my local classical music station, WQXR in New York City. I have listed to short pieces of it on and off for several months, but this week have been captivated by the Handel broadcasts. I have so enjoyed them, especially the operas and especially hearing Kathleen Battle, Bryn Terfel singing pieces from Rinaldo and Aci and Galatea. So much so, that I am now trying to borrow CDs of these operas from the library. I have thoroughly enjoyed your commentary also (especially being English!) and have learnt so much and enjoyed so much. What a week! Thank you.

  61. David Smith says:

    I was born and raised in the Detroit area. Karl Haas’s “Adventures in Good Music” on WJR was a constant presence. When I left Detroit, I lost track of that program. From time to time I could get some didactic exposure to classical music via DVDs of Bernstein’s Young People’s concerts, the series hosted by Michael Tilson Thomas or the lovely courses on musical topics by Robert Greenberg. However none of these is as extensive or as detailed as what you have done. Given my schedule and work location it is very hard to listen to your program in real time. To find a program and listen when I have the time is wonderful. The yearly subscription price is one of the best deals in classical music currently available. Thank you

  62. Charles Kusmirek says:

    It seems that the site has used censorship on comments. It has refused to post them. However, some of the ludicrous claims that were initially made by this site are also withdrawn. It’s a fair enough trade that my comments were not posted. The site has improved. Keep up the good work.

  63. Bobby Dunn says:

    I am very happy you are on KMFA. You have brought this station back to life.
    The must you are playing with your comments is perfect night time music.

    Good to hear you again Bill

  64. Michael Rosin says:

    Hello Mr. McGlaughlin and Exploring Music!

    I absolutely adore your program! I grew up listening to your program, in a household surrounded by classical music. I am a music composition major, also studying conducting, piano and organ. My mother is a piano teacher, and she started teaching my brother and I from a very young age. I want to be a composer, orchestral conductor, musicologist and historian. You inspire me and inform me every night, and I am absolutely envious of your job! Keep being amazing!

  65. ron snyder says:

    I never wanted to risk spoiling the immense joy that music provides me with too much refinement or formal training. I am is past the point of being able to absorb the details, but I love hearing them, and so mellifluously tendered as well! Somehow it does seem to add to the experience, bringing me even closer to the music, and the sense of sharing something profoundly wonderful.

    • Exploring Music says:

      We’re so glad you’re enjoying, Ron. Here at EM (Exploring Music) we firmly believe that putting music into context only enhances enjoyment. But then again we are musicians. ;-)
      -The Exploring Music Team

  66. Mona Stern says:

    We loved the Bartoli-Terfel duets. it’s one of our favorite CD’s and we were happy you featured them this week.

  67. Janet Scharf says:

    I love this week’s Gypsy theme. I used to do a lot of Balkan dancing so the music really speaks to me. Just one correction – the pronunciation of the Hungarian dance, the czardas, is char-dahsh.

  68. Henry Wyatt says:

    The series on Roma music and its influence is excellent, as is the playlist. I commend to all Jonathan Bellman’s book on the Stile hongrois, which sheds much light on this topic.

    This is Wednesday the 11th. I don’t know what’s on Thursday and Friday’s playlists, Perhaps they’ll include some of the many examples of Gypsy-Hungarian music in Haydn’s quartets, and the village fiddling in the finale of Symphony No. 104. The finale of Beethoven/s Seventh is not described by any scholars (save me) as stile hongrois, but it certainly is, especially the primary “village fiddling” theme, and the second E-major theme, which sounds awfully much like what Liszt would later write in his Hungarian rhapsodies. And, of course, we have the finale to Brahms’ G minor piano quartet, op. 25.

    Thanks so much for this enlightening and entertaining series. And thanks to WQXR for live-streaming it.

    Henry Wyatt, PhD
    Music Department
    University of Maine at Augusta

  69. Henry Wyatt says:

    Terrific series on Roma music and its influence. A few items to share.

    I heartily commend to all Jonathan Bellman’s book on the Stile hongrois in Western music (1992).

    This is Wednesday the 11th, and I don’t know what’s on Thursday’s and Friday’s playlists. Perhaps they will contain some of the many examples of Hungarian/Gypsy music in Haydn’s quartets; the “villagefiddling” in the finale of the Symphony No 104; the finale of Beethoven’s Seventh, with its “village fiddling” primary theme, and the secondary theme that sounds just what Liszt would later write in his Hungarian rhapsodies; the finale of Brahms’ G minor Piano Quartet op. 25; And, of course, Bartok and Kodaly, whose music was so influenced by the years they spent in the field as pioneer ethnomusicologists and recordists.

    Thanks so much for this enlightening and entertaining series, and to WQXR for live-streaming it.

    Henry Wyatt
    Belfast, Maine
    Music Department
    University of Maine at Augusta

    • Exploring Music says:

      Thanks for the message, Henry. Sorry for the late reply. So glad you enjoyed La Gitana. You can listen to the whole week here. And if you want to see some of the supplemental material for the week, check out our pinterest boards.
      Sophia Feddersen
      Social Media WFMT

  70. Raymond Orzechowski says:

    Wonderful ! I said “goodbye” to commercial TV. This can only get better.

  71. Donald R Reid says:

    Unable to sample [ non-subscriber ] any program selections from this week
    ["Old Wine," 09-16-13 ]. Have I mis-understood your proceedure for 7-minute samples?
    –Don in Amarillo.

    • Exploring Music says:

      You should be able to sample the first seven minutes of any program. If you still can’t access the first seven minutes, let me know what browser you’re using and I can trouble-shoot. Thanks for your interest. :)
      Thanks,
      Sophia Feddersen
      Social Media WFMT

  72. Katherine Mize says:

    I would like to hear a week’s program on Felix Mendelssohn, please. I have been reading a biography, Felix Mendelssohn: A Life in Music, by R. Larry Todd, Oxford University Press, 2003, which is the first major biography on Mendelssohn in many years. The author has been praised in The New York Times as “the dean of Mendelssohn scholars in the US.” He is a professor of musicology at Duke University. The index of Mendelssohn’s works runs, in small print, from pages 645-652, and some of his works are still being discovered. Beginning as a child prodigy musician in piano, violin, viola and cello, he spent his life as a musician, composer, conductor, scholar, historian, linguist. He is largely responsible for keeping Beethoven’s music alive after his death, reintroducing the forgotten Bach and Handel. He has been cited as “one of the most formidable musical geniuses of all time.” I feel he has been neglected in your programming and would like you to explore his remarkable contributions not often heard on the concert stage (other than a Midsummer Night’s Dream, composed at age 15; the Octet, composed at 17; the violin concerto and a few others. Many thanks in advance.

    • Exploring Music says:

      We’ve many wonderful programs that feature Mendelssohn, the first one that comes to mind is the our whole week just on our good friend Felix. (You can find that, here.) But there’s much more Mendelssohn, to find every program every aired that has even a bit of Mendelssohn in it, look here: every program with Felix! It’s wonderful to hear that you’re listening to Mendelssohn, did you know that his sister Fanny, was also a very skilled composer?

      Thanks,
      Sophia Feddersen
      Social Media WFMT

  73. Debra Gelzer says:

    The recent program, “I Lost it at the Movies” was so enticing that we stopped dinner to listen and play along with matching the theme music to the film So much enjoyment with gorgeous music. Hats off to Bill McGlaughlin from old time symphony listeners in Eugene, OR and thank for sharing such a wealth of musical knowledge.

  74. Michael Komornik says:

    1). Love your program, my wife and I try to catch it each weekday on WMNR
    2). Question (1). Why did you leave off “Third Man Theme” on movie themes?
    3) Have you ever heard the CD of Nicholas Angelich playing the Brahm’s
    1st piano concerto? And if so do you have an opinion? I.realize that
    Rubenstein is no second rate pianist. We love the Nicholas Angeich
    recording. Thank you for a reply. Betsy and Michael Komornik

  75. Michael Komornik says:

    Love your program
    Why was not the Third Man Theme not included on the movie theme show?
    Have you heard theNicholas Angelich recording of the Brahm’s 1st piano
    Concero? Thanks for a reply. Sincerely, Betsy and Michael Komornik

  76. martha button says:

    This week of piano concertos has been the very best, as are all the music i hear on exploring music. Music is soothing to the soul and heals the concerns that have a been heavy to carry around. Music is so healing, hope i never lose my hearing.

  77. Doyle Wilcox says:

    I love your show, have for years, but what happened today? Mr. McGlaughlin you are my shining example of how to do an entertaining yet informative show around classical music, but what happened today 10/9/13 with ” Il Trovatore “? I sang opera professionally for 30 years all over Europe, and never ever encountered your pronunciation of the name Azucena. I understood you to say over 7 times something like Ashushenia? Huh? I would expect that from Peter Schickele but from you? Never! Where oh where did you find it. It sure isn’t Spanish Azoosena nor Italian Adzoochena. I hope you can provide a valid explanation for this anomaly.I also would have like to hear the orchestra’s old nemesis Franco Corelli as Manrico(the performance conducted by Von Karajan in Wien) to really display what “Di quella pira” is all about. Needless to say I sang tenor in my opera days, including Manrico. Still love your show but please do check up on some of those pronunciations.

  78. Peter-D-G says:

    Bill has gotten much better at pronunciations. His “Goethe” drove me nuts for years. He would put an “r” in it. I think it’s a US regional thing, like putting an “r” in ideas. He doesn’t do that any more.

  79. Mary Jean says:

    Two weeks of Verdi!? I love it. Too much is just enough.

  80. Frannie Loren Schwab says:

    I recently started streaming and became a member of WFMT when our friend, Suzanne Nance, “moved” here. I am so impressed with the station – and totally bowled over by your program. I LOVE how you describe music – especially got a kick out of your narration of Otello – my husband actually wants to see it now (a first for him to be the one excited about an opera). Our evenings are now structured around your show!!! Thank You so much for sharing your knowledge and love of music.

  81. Frannie Loren Schwab says:

    I recently started streaming and became a member of WFMT so that I could continue to listen to Suzanne Nance on the radio. So glad that I kept listening afterwards and discovered your show. I LOVE how you described Otello last night – my husband actually ASKED to go see an opera for the first time because of your wonderful synopsis! We now look forward to listening to your show every evening. Thank you for sharing your wonderful knowledge and love of music with all of us.

  82. Robert Hart says:

    NOt sure If i like the music interrupted with commentary. Is there a way to just listen to the music??

  83. Susan C Shea says:

    Can’t tell you how happy I am to have stumbled onto this opportunity. I used to listen to the radio program when I was in another market (Albany NY area) and missed it terribly when I moved to SF, CA and it was no longer available. I bought CDs of the music, but missed Bill McGlaughlin.The most delightful programming, commentary, guests, host and someone whose love of music and music-making warms my heart!

  84. Klaus Neuendorf says:

    Just listened to your concluding remarks on Brahms program — it’s Friday night, December10, and I was listening to radio station KWAX, Eugene, Oregon:
    I missed the Brahms I am listening to now in your remarks: violoncello sonata no. 2, and
    quite especially the second movement, Adagio Affettuoso (Yo-Yo Ma and Emanuel Ax),
    because it triggers questions like
    has Jazz picked up some Brahms somewhere?
    Are there other elements of earlier music that play a part in later developments? (Schubert and film music, e.g.)

  85. Janet Scharf says:

    I’m very much enjoying the Hungarian music. My mother was from Transylvania and her native language was Hungarian. I never learned it, but used to hear her speaking with her relatives and we occasionally did a little Czardas in the living room. I’m impressed that Mr. McGlaughlin got the fact the Magyar is not pronounced MAG-YAR but MAJ-YAR but I’ll make one correction if I may – the ‘A’ is sounded almost as the ‘u’ in fun.
    Thanks for the wonderful show.

  86. Mary Valsa says:

    What was the beautiful Mass sung on tonight’s Exploring Music at about 7:50pm? Thursday, March 26. I cannot find a way to check the current playlist. Thanks

  87. francis booth says:

    thursday morning

    dear maestro,

    roland hayes was a friend of our family, a friendship beginning in berlin in 1925.when my father (accompanied by my mother and my then 6 month old baby brother, named bray) was working on his phd thesis
    when in berlin my parents were at a concert given by that young american tenor, roland hayes, the opening of which was significantly delayed by a brouhaha created by the “skinheads” of the day.
    hayes stood and waited, for a long time, until there was a short break in the howling, and thenhe, oh, so quietly as my parents related, sang “bist du bei mir” a capella. thoroughly outclassing the hoods.
    the concert then proceeded as planned
    hayes and my parents became friends after that concert.
    i do not think of him as an opera singer, but as a concertizer with a full lieder repertoire, and as a singer of “spirituals”, —- not as the expected “encores” but as significant works within the concert program.
    i remember that he refused to record for RCA because they denied him their premier “red label”
    i believe that he was not only of african stock, but was part cherokee as well
    personal note: we have a sweet photo of hayes in my parents berlin apartment, holding my then baby brother in his arms..
    when 20 years later, that baby, become an american paratrooper, was killed in the final invasion of germany in 1945, roland hayes sang at his memorial service in our village church:
    when i noted this to my daughter recently she commented that “hayes was a kind of bookend for bray’s life”
    i hope this gives a bit of further dimension to your obvious admiration for hayes’ mastery

    and i do most certainly enjoy your program…..and your so wonderful inclusiveness as well as enthusiasm and erudition

    francis booth

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