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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 American Masters, Part II American Masters, Part IIIAmerican Masters, Part IVAmerican Masters, Part V An Intelligent Conversation: String Quartets Arias & BarcarollesArtists in Exile, Part IArtists in Exile, Part IIAutumn Leaves Autumnal Masterpieces BBach Sleeps in on Sundays Bach to Beethoven Bach's Christmas Oratorio Bach's Not-So-Minor B-Minor MassBallad of East and West Barber, SamuelBartok, BelaBeethoven and that Danged MetronomeBeethoven 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 Bruckner, Anton CCall for ScoresCello Concertos Child's PlayChopin, FredericClash of the Titans Clowning AroundCopland, Aaron Corigliano, JohnCzech out those Bohemians DDebussy, Claude Demons, Spooks and Other Things That Go Bump in the NightDirector's ChoiceDistant Neighbors Don't Shoot the Piano PlayerDvořák, AntoninDvorak, Tchaikovsky & Borodin String Quartets EElgar, EdwardEmotion and Meaning in MusicEnescu, GeorgesEspanaFFamilies of Instruments Family Matters: All in the FamilyFauré, GabrielFit for a KingFour SeasonsFrom This Mighty River: Music of the Children of J.S BachGGame of Pairs, Part I Game of Pairs, Part IIGershwin, GeorgeGet the PictureGitana: Gypsy Music and Its Influences Green and Pleasant Land Grieg and SibeliusHHandel, George FridericHaydn and Mozart QuartetsHaydn SymphoniesHidden Gold, Part IHidden Gold, Part IIHHindemith, PaulHit or Myth Holiday CelebrationHomageII Didn't Know About YouI Hear a Rhapsody I Hear America Singing I Lost it at the Movies (FREE)In a Family WayIncidentally SpeakingIntimate VoicesInvitation to the Dance, Part I Invitation to the Dance, Part II Invitation to the Dance, Part IIIIt Takes Two to TangoIt Was a Lover and His Lass Italian SouvenirsJJanacek, LeosKKeyboard SmorgasbordLLatin CarnivalLes SixLife Among the Dead: Requiem MassesListener's Choice, Part IIListener's Choice, Part III (FREE)Liszt, Franz Little Night Music Little Traveling Music, Please MMaestro, Part IMaestro, Part IIMagnificent MagyarsMahler, Gustav, Part IMahler, Gustav, Part IIMaiden VoyagesMendelssohn, FelixMendelssohn, Schumann and Brahms String QuartetsMerrie EnglandMozart at his Zenith Mozart Piano ConcertosMozart's Birthday BashMozart: Bright Lights, Big CityMusic for the MassesMusic from the Magic Box Music in 19th Century Paris: Waterloo to Bismarck Music in the Time of WarMusic of ScandinaviaMusical Cryptograms NNationalismNew Releases, Part IINew Releases, Part III, week 1 of 2New Releases, Part III, week 2 of 2 New Wine in Old Bottles Nielsen, Carl Ninth SymphoniesNobody Ever Builds a Statue to a CriticOOrpheus in the New World Outward BoundPPastoral Symphonies Piano ConcertosPolandPortraits in Black, Brown, & Beige, Part I Portraits in Black, Brown, & Beige, Part II Ports of Call, Part I Ports of Call, Part II Poulenc, FrancisProkofiev, SergeiProud Tower, Part IProud Tower, Part IIRRachmaninoff, SergeiRavel, Maurice Respighi, OttorinoRimsky-Korsakov and His PupilsRoaring 20's Russian Five: The Mighty HandfulSSchool DaysSchubert String QuartetsSchubertiade, Part ISchubertiade, Part IISchuman, WilliamSchumann, Robert Shakespeare Shostakovich, Dmitri, Part I Shostakovich, Dmitri, Part IISlipped Through the Cracks Sounds of the City of Lights SoundtracksSpanish SchoolSpring is Here St-Saëns, Camille St. Matthew PassionStrauss, RichardStravinsky, Igor String Quartets from Fibich to SibeliusStrings Plus OneSweet Home Chicago Symphony, Part ISymphony, Part IISymphony, Part IIISymphony, Part IVSymphony, Part IX (FREE)Symphony, Part VSymphony, Part VI (French)Symphony, Part VII (Russian)Symphony, Part VIII Symphony, Part XTTchaikovsky, Peter, Part ITchaikovsky, Peter, Part IIThe Big Five, Part I: Chicago Symphony Orchestra The Big Five, Part I: New York PhilharmonicThe Big Five, Part II: New York PhilharmonicThe Gathering Storm: Music from the Great Depression to WWIIThrough the Mail SlotTone Poems Too Darn BigTriple PlayTudor Music (FREE)Two Very Different Worlds Delius and HolstUUnder the Hood, Part IUnder the Hood, Part II Unfinished SymphoniesVVariationsVaughan Williams, RalphVenice: The Glories ofVerdi, Giuseppe, Part IVerdi, Giuseppe, Part IIVienna, Part IVienna, Part II ViolaViolin Concerto Voices from the East WWagner's Ring CycleWagner, RichardWalton, WilliamWater MusicWhat Else Ya Got?Wind QuintetsWunderkinder, Part IWunderkinder, Part IIYYin and Yang: The Play of Opposites, Part 1Yin and Yang: The Play of Opposites, Part 2 (FREE)You and the Night and the Music
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Incidentally Speaking Purchase Now
Join Bill as he ventures into the exciting world of coexsisting senses as we start out with incidental music from Mozart and Sibelius.
Strauss: The Fencing Master fr. Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme
Mozart: Thamos, Koenig in Aegypten, K. 345 (excerpts)
Sibelius: Pelléas et Méllisande, Op. 46
DG 410 026
Nielsen: The Fog is Lifting
Galway, fl.; Williams, hp.
We open with a commissioned piece by Gabriel Fauré and continue with Mendelssohn's incidental music for A Midsummer Night's Dream.
Fauré: Pelleás et Mélisande Suite
Academy of St. Martin in the Fields/Marriner
Mendelssohn: A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Op. 61: Overture & Incidental Music
BSO & Tanglewood Festival Chorus/Ozawa; Battle, s.; von
Stade, ms.; Dench, nar.
DG 439 897
11:52 & 21:03
From the ledgend of the Gordian Knot to the curse of Macbeth, Bill uncovers the incredible tunes of incidental music. Let your imagination run wild during Elgar's Starlight Express.
Purcell: Music from The Gordian Knot Unty’d, Z. 597
La Stravaganza Köln
Denon 81757 9250 2
Sullivan: Macbeth (excerpts)
Dublin RTE Concert Orchestra & Ireland National Chamber Choir/Penny
Marco Polo 8.223635
Elgar: The Starlight Express, Op. 78 (excerpts)
LPO/Handley; Masterson, s.; Hammon-Stroud, bar.
Bill starts us off with incidental music from Beethoven and then moves into Debussy's arrangement for Le Martyre de Saint Sebastien.
Anon: Folias Antiguas (excerpt)
Beethoven: Overture & Incidental Music to Egmont
Orchestra of St. Luke’s/Davies; Gessendorf, s.
Debussy: Le martyre de Saint Sébastien (excerpts)
New York Phil. & Choral Arts Society of New York/Bernstein;
Weaver, Montealegre, Addison, Babikian, Kleinman &
Bill plays several short excerpts including Lully's and Strauss' arrangments for Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme, and contemporary incidental music from Bill's friend Joe Gianono.
De La Halle: Robin m’aime
Les Menestriers Picards
Lully: Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme (excerpts)
Le Concert des Nations/Savall
Alia Vox 9807
Strauss: Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme, Op. 60 (excerpts)
Gianono: Small Craft Warnings
Gianono: Ethereal Trumpet fr. A Very Slippery Slope
Grieg: Peer Gynt, Op. 23 (excerpts)
Oslo Philharmonic/Salonen; Hendricks, s.