- Program List
Below are many of the more than 170 five-hour 'weeks' of Exploring Music 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). For complete access to all of the shows, click here to become a subscriber. To sort through the shows by composers click here. To see the playlist for a given show, click on the show and then on the 'playlist' button beneath any of the five one-hour programs.
AA Green and Pleasant LandA Little Traveling Music, Please American Masters, Part I (FREE)American Masters, Part IIAmerican Masters, Part IIIAmerican Masters, Part IVAn Intelligent ConversationArias & BarcarollesArtists in Exile, Part IArtists in Exile, Part IIAutumn Leaves BBach Sleeps in on Sundays Bach to Beethoven Bach's Christmas OratorioBach's Not-So-Minor B-Minor MassBarberBartokBeethoven & that Danged Metronome Beethoven and the PianoBeethoven at Parnassus, Part IBeethoven at Parnassus, Part IIBeethoven QuartetsBerliozBernsteinBill's KeepersBoulanger (Nadia)Brahms, Part IBrahms, Part II Britten CCall for ScoresCamille St-SaënsCello Concertos (FREE)Chicago Symphony Orchestra: The Big FiveChild's PlayChopinClowning AroundCoplandCoriglianoCzech out those BohemiansDDebussyDemons, Spooks and Other Things That Go Bump in the NightDirector's ChoiceDistant NeighborsDon't Shoot the Piano PlayerDvorakDvorák, Tchaikovsky & Borodin String QuartetsEElgarEmotion and Meaning in MusicEspanaFFamilies of InstrumentsFamily MattersFauréFit for a KingFour SeasonsGGame of Pairs, Part IGame of Pairs, Part IIGershwinGet the PictureGitana: Gypsy Music And Its InfluencesHHandelHaydn and Mozart QuartetsHaydn SymphoniesHidden Gold, Part IHidden Gold, Part IIHindemithHoliday CelebrationHomageII Didn't Know About YouI Hear America SingingI Lost it at the Movies (FREE)In a Family WayIncidentally SpeakingIntimate VoicesInvitation to the Dance, Part IInvitation to the Dance, Part IIInvitation to the Dance, Part IIIIt Takes Two to TangoIt Was a Lover and His LassItalian SouvenirsJJanáčekLLatin CarnivalLes SixLife Among the Dead: Requiem MassesListener's Choice, Part IIListener's Choice, Part IIILisztMMagnificent MagyarsMahler, Part IMahler, Part IIMaiden VoyagesMendelssohnMendelssohn, Schumann and Brahms String QuartetsMerrie EnglandMozart at his Zenith (FREE)Mozart Piano ConcertosMozart's Birthday BashMusic for the MassesMusic in the Time of WarMusical Cryptograms NNationalismNew Releases, Part IINew Wine in Old Bottles (Free)New York Philharmonic: The Big Five, Part INew York Philharmonic: The Big Five, Part IINielsenNinth SymphoniesNobody Ever Builds a Statue to a CriticOOrpheus in the New WorldOutward BoundPPastoral SymphoniesPiano ConcertosPolandPortraits in Black, Brown, & Beige, Part IPortraits in Black, Brown, & Beige, Part IIProkofievRRachmaninoffRRavelRespighiRussian Five: The Mighty HandfulSSchool DaysSchubert String QuartetsSchubertiade, Part ISchubertiade, Part IISchuman (William) SchumannShakespeareShostakovich, Part IShostakovich, Part IISibelius and GriegSounds of the City of Lights (FREE)SoundtracksSpring is HereSt. Matthew PassionStrauss (Richard)Stravinsky (FREE)Strings Plus OneSweet Home Chicago (FREE)Symphony, Part 01Symphony, Part 02Symphony, Part 03Symphony, Part 04Symphony, Part 05Symphony, Part 06 (French)Symphony, Part 07 (Russian)Symphony, Part 08Symphony, Part 09Symphony, Part 10TTchaikovsky, Part ITchaikovsky, Part IIThe Proud Tower, Part IThe Proud Tower, Part IIThe Roaring 20'sThrough the Mail SlotTone PoemsToo Darn BigTriple PlayTudor MusicTwo Very Different Worlds Delius and HolstUUnder the Hood, Part IUnder the Hood, Part IIUnfinished SymphoniesVVariationsVaughan WilliamsVeniceVerdi, Part IVerdi, Part IIVienna, Part IVienna, Part IIViolaWWagnerWagner's Ring CycleWater MusicWhat Else Ya Got?William WaltonWind QuintetsYYou and the Night and the Music
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- About Exploring Music
How would you like to be the subject of a composition by Beethoven, Tchaikovsky or Mozart? In many cases, the fame of the music has outlasted that of its honoree, but we’ll explore some of these heartfelt gestures and the composers who made them. Works include Handel’s Water Music and Pictures at an Exhibition.
Learn for whom the music is written. We begin with Beethoven, who composes his infatuation for a beautiful woman, and betrayal by Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte. Bill presents an example of homage to Beethoven's music itself by altering the C-sharp minor triad heard in Beethoven's Moonlight Sonata to something similar to The Beatles's "Because."
Beethoven: Sonata Op. 27, No. 2, Moonlight
G. Ohlsson, p
Beethoven: Trio in B-Flat Major, Op. 97, Archduke (excerpt)
Beethoven: Symphony No. 3, Eroica, I + II (excerpt)
Mozart: The Magic Flute (excerpt)
Scottish Chamber Orchestra and Chorus/Mackerras; Jerry Hadley, ten.
Beethoven: Egmont Overture
Composers often inspire one another and that music is what Bill plays for us. Mozart refers to his quartets as sons that he sends to Haydn for proper guidance. After Tchaikovsky informs Anton Arensky of his appreciation for Arensky's opera, Arensky expresses his gratitude for the elder talent's respect by arriving at his doorstep.
Mozart: Quartet for Strings No. 19 in C major, Dissonance
Julliard String Quartet
Reger: Variations and Fugue on a Theme of Mozart (excerpts)
New York Phil/Masur
Tchaikovsky: Suite for Orchestra, Mozartiana
Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra/Marriner
Arensky: Variations on a Theme by Tchaikovsky
St. Petersburg Camerata/Saulius Sondeckis
Ravel: Minuet on the name ‘Haydn’
Margaret Fingerhut, p.
Bill opens with Mussorgsky's celebratory piece in memory of Viktor Hartman which illustrates an entire exhibit of Hartman’s paintings. Stravinsky plucks violin and flute lines from his idol, Tchaikovsky in Fairy's Kiss. But he is not Stravinsky's only idol; the budding composer sent his former teacher, Rimsky-Korsakov, the piece he wrote for his daughter’s wedding, but due to the death of Rimsky-Korsakov it was never delivered.
Mussorgsky: Pictures at an Exhibition (excerpts)
Ivo Pogorelich, p.
Rimsky-Korsakov: Russian Easter Overture
St. Petersburg Phil/Ashkenazy
Stravinsky: Fairy’s Kiss (excerpts)
La Scala Phil/Muti
George I had a passion for boating and for allowing others to join in the breezy beauty. When Handel joined the barge party, he was inspired to write Water Music, specifically meant to sound as though set in the outdoors. Hindemith wrote Trauermusik in six hours and dedicated it to the late George V of England. We close with William Walton’s piece for the coronation of George VI, father of Queen Elizabeth.
Handel: Water Music (excerpt)
Concentus Musicus Wien/Harnoncourt
Hindemith: Symphonic Metamorphosis (excerpt)
Walton: Variations on a Theme by Hindemith (excerpt)
Walton: Crown Imperial
Anton Bruckner honors the memory of one of his greatest idols, Richard Wagner and Johannes Brahms honors that of Robert Schumann. Luciano Berio illustrates the memory of Stravinsky and a woman named Tatiana Globokar with two duets for violin. We end with a waltz written by Johann Strauss for the Emperor.
Bruckner: Symphony No. 7, I
Berio: Duets for two violins (excerpts)
Brahms: Piano Concerto No. 1 in D minor, II
CSO/Reiner; A. Rubenstein, p.
J. Strauss II: Emperor Waltzes
Johann Strauss Orch. of Vienna/Boskovsky