Below are many of the more than 170 five-hour 'weeks' of Exploring Music that have been created since 2003.
The first seven minutes of every program are free to sample. Several entire 5-hour programs are also free to listen (marked 'free' below).
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This week on Exploring Music we've discovered
quite a few famous composers who left great works incomplete.
Click on to discover our top 5 composers who didn't
get the chance to finish what they started.
Schoenburg famously stated that no one could write a 10th
Symphony without being perilously close to the hereafter, and
unfortunately Mahler proved him right. He died before
completing his 10th symphony.
For Sibelius simply not finishing his 8th Symphony wasn't
enough, rumor has it that he burned all of his manuscripts
as well! His fiery impulsiveness earns him fourth place
on our list.
Even as his body was under attack from cancer, Elgar wrote
130 pages of sketches for his 3rd Symphony. It wasn't until
1997, 63 years after Elgar's death that English composer
Anthony Payne masterfully filled in the gaps.
Bruckner often pleaded to God to let him live long enough to finish
his 9th Symphony. "If He does not," Bruckner said, "then He must take the responsibility for its incompleteness."
not one, but three unfinished symphonies. Perhaps because of
his battle with syphilis and his diminishing sanity,
Schubert is the most famous composer of incomplete symphonies!
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You have opened up the world of Classical Music to me, where previously, it seemed too complicated.
This is simply one of the very best radio programmes in the medium!...The study of the people, the times, and the events that inform the music we otherwise enjoy and even, heaven forbid, take for granted, brings the entire world of the music and the composer to life.
There isn't a program you broadcast on Exploring Music" that isn't of interest. I find them all engaging. It is a combination of variety of subject, intellectual curiosity and your obvious enthusiasm which characterize your satisfying programs.
It’s a great way to re-engage myself with consciousness before heading off to work.
I Love this program! I am in 7th grade and I am the complete opposite of the other kids. I am 4th chair in the orchestra and I love to read. But most of all, I LOVE classical music!
Your show has helped open my mind and heart to this world of music, and every show I hear confirms my place in music and gives me new ideas for where I'd like to go with it in the future….I grew up with classical music as a child and always held it in my heart, but I didn't have the confidence to be a good student (or a good violinist.)
Listening to you is almost interactive.You invite us in with so many well modulated dramatic and informative comments, enticing, enthusiastic interpretations, and coherent, beautiful presentations. It's a privilege to follow you into the musical space you create.
I just love this program. It is soothing and comfortable at the end of the day. I find his comments interesting, but they aren't so dragged out that there is very little music. The balance of both is just right.