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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). 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.
AAmerican Masters, Part I (FREE)American Masters, Part II (FREE)American Masters, Part IIIAmerican Masters, Part IVAmerican Masters, Part V (FREE)An Intelligent Conversation: String Quartets Arias & 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 MassBallad of East and West Barber, SamuelBartok, BelaBeethoven & that Danged Metronome (FREE)Beethoven and the PianoBeethoven at Parnassus, Part IBeethoven at Parnassus, Part IIBeethoven QuartetsBerlioz, HectorBernstein, LeonardBill's Keepers Boulanger, NadiaBrahms, Johannes, Part IBrahms, Johannes, Part II Britten, Benjamin CCall for ScoresCello Concertos (FREE)Child's PlayChopin, FredericClash of the Titans Clowning AroundCopland, AaronCorigliano, JohnCzech out those Bohemians DDebussy, ClaudeDemons, Spooks and Other Things That Go Bump in the NightDirector's ChoiceDistant NeighborsDon't Shoot the Piano PlayerDvorak, AntoninDvorak, Tchaikovsky & Borodin String Quartets EElgar, EdwardEmotion and Meaning in MusicEspanaFFamilies of InstrumentsFamily MattersFauré, GabrielFit for a KingFour SeasonsFrom This Mighty River: Music of the Children of J.S BachGGame of Pairs, Part I (FREE)Game of Pairs, Part IIGershwin, GeorgeGet the PictureGitana: Gypsy Music and Its Influences Green and Pleasant LandHHandel, George FridericHaydn and Mozart QuartetsHaydn SymphoniesHHidden Gold, Part IHidden Gold, Part IIHindemith, PaulHit or Myth Holiday 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 I (FREE)Invitation to the Dance, Part II Invitation to the Dance, Part IIIIt Takes Two to TangoIt Was a Lover and His LassItalian SouvenirsJJanacek, LeosLLatin CarnivalLes SixLife Among the Dead: Requiem MassesListener's Choice, Part IIListener's Choice, Part IIILiszt, Franz (FREE)Little Traveling Music, Please (FREE)MMaestro, Part IMaestro, Part IIMagnificent MagyarsMahler, Gustav, Part IMahler, Gustav, Part IIMaiden VoyagesMendelssohn, FelixMendelssohn, Schumann and Brahms String QuartetsMerrie EnglandMozart at his Zenith (FREE)Mozart Piano ConcertosMozart's Birthday BashMozart: Bright Lights, Big CityMusic for the MassesMusic in the Time of WarMusical Cryptograms NNationalismNew Releases, Part IINew Releases, Part III, week 1 of 2New Releases, Part III, week 2 of 2 (FREE)New Wine in Old Bottles (FREE)Nielsen, CarlNinth 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 IIPoulenc, FrancisProkofiev, SergeiProud Tower, Part IProud Tower, Part IIRRachmaninoff, SergeiRavel, Maurice (FREE)RRespighi, OttorinoRoaring 20'sRussian Five: The Mighty HandfulSSchool DaysSchubert String QuartetsSchubertiade, Part ISchubertiade, Part IISchuman, WilliamSchumann, Robert Shakespeare (FREE)Shostakovich, Dmitri, Part I (FREE)Shostakovich, Dmitri, Part IISibelius and GriegSounds of the City of Lights SoundtracksSpanish SchoolSpring is Here St-Saëns, Camille St. Matthew PassionStrauss, RichardStravinsky, Igor (FREE)String Quartets from Fibich to SibeliusStrings Plus OneSweet Home Chicago (FREE)Symphony, Part 01Symphony, Part 02 Symphony, Part 03 (FREE)Symphony, Part 04Symphony, Part 05 Symphony, Part 06 (French)Symphony, Part 07 (Russian)Symphony, Part 08Symphony, Part 09Symphony, Part 10TTchaikovsky, Peter, Part ITchaikovsky, Peter, Part IIThe Big Five, Part I: Chicago Symphony Orchestra (FREE)The Big Five, Part I: New York PhilharmonicThe Big Five, Part II: New York PhilharmonicThrough the Mail SlotTone Poems (FREE)Too Darn BigTriple PlayTudor MusicTwo Very Different Worlds Delius and HolstUUnder the Hood, Part IUnder the Hood, Part IIUnfinished SymphoniesVVariationsVaughan Williams, RalphVeniceVerdi, Giuseppe, Part IVerdi, Giuseppe, Part IIVienna, Part IVienna, Part II (FREE)ViolaViolin Concerto Voices from the East WWagner's Ring CycleWagner, RichardWalton, WilliamWater MusicWhat Else Ya Got?Wind QuintetsWunderkinder, Part IWunderkinder, Part IIYYou and the Night and the Music
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Homage Purchase Now
This week centers on the gift of immortality, given through the hands of great composers.
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 Mussorgsky’s 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