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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 OratorioBach's Not-So-Minor B-Minor MassBallad of East and West Barber, SamuelBartok, BelaBeethoven & 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 (FREE)CCall for ScoresCello Concertos Child's PlayChopin, FredericClash of the Titans Clowning AroundCopland, AaronCorigliano, JohnCzech out those Bohemians DDebussy, Claude (FREE)Demons, Spooks and Other Things That Go Bump in the NightDirector's ChoiceDistant Neighbors (FREE)Don't Shoot the Piano PlayerDvořák, AntoninDvorak, Tchaikovsky & Borodin String Quartets EElgar, EdwardEmotion and Meaning in MusicEspanaFFamilies of Instruments Family MattersFauré, 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 HHandel, George FridericHaydn and Mozart QuartetsHaydn SymphoniesHidden Gold, Part IHidden Gold, Part IIHindemith, PaulHHit or Myth Holiday CelebrationHomageII Didn't Know About YouI Hear a Rhapsody I Hear America SingingI 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 IIILiszt, Franz 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 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 (FREE)Poulenc, FrancisProkofiev, SergeiProud Tower, Part IProud Tower, Part IIRRachmaninoff, SergeiRavel, MauriceRRespighi, 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 IISibelius and GriegSlipped 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 01 (FREE)Symphony, Part 02 Symphony, Part 03 Symphony, Part 04Symphony, Part 05 Symphony, Part 06 (French)Symphony, Part 07 (Russian)Symphony, Part 08 Symphony, Part 09Symphony, Part 10TTchaikovsky, Peter, Part ITchaikovsky, Peter, Part IIThe Big Five, Part I: Chicago Symphony OrchestraThe 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 MusicTwo Very Different Worlds Delius and HolstUUnder the Hood, Part IUnder the Hood, Part II Unfinished SymphoniesVVariationsVaughan Williams, RalphVeniceVerdi, 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 IIYYou and the Night and the Music
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Haydn Symphonies Purchase Now
Dear old Papa Haydn, as he was known in 18th century Vienna, was a fatherly figure to the finest musicians of his day. He is also a father of the symphonic form. This week we’ll sample some of his 104 symphonies, following their development from modest orchestral pieces to expressions of wit, humor, and drama.
Franz Joseph Haydn wrote 104 symphonies in his entire life, starting in Pilsen, Germany for a count. Before his first symphony, he was trained intensively in a school from which a scout took him to become a Vienna Choir boy. But he started his composition career by cutting off the pigtail of a choirmate, resulting him in expulsion from the choir.
Haydn begun his own sonata form and that was when the Esterhazy family took him into their castle to write plenty of pieces just for them. Haydn worked for Prince Nikolaus, "The Magnificent" on his 22nd symphony, which used the English horns, a prime example of Haydn's desire to experiment.
Haydn: Symphony No. 101 (excerpt)
New York Phil/Bernstein
Haydn: Symphony No. 100, Military (excerpt)
Haydn: Symphony No. 1
St. Paul Chamber Orchestra/Wolff
Haydn: Symphony No. 6, I
Austro-Hungarian Haydn Orchestra/Fischer
Haydn: Symphony No. 7, II; Symphony No. 8, IV
The English Concert/Pinnock
Haydn: Symphony No. 22, The Philosopher
Without inspiration to guide him, Haydn took advantage of the first group of English horn players he heard while working for the Esterhazys. Haydn contributed four or more horns into the symphony, as he overlapped several keys together. He also contributed to the new use of the minor key in the symphony, which is especially noticeable in "Trauersinfonie," translating to "Symphony of Mourning." It was that piece that conveyed the message of farewell for the summer to the Esterhazys.
Here is a set of varying symphonies from dark and serious to light and manic. Iona Brown conducts "La Passione" and conveys the inferno at the end of the piece, as its form is scattered. But scattered in lighter terms meant changing key in "Il Distratto," which portrays an absent-minded professor falling asleep in his classroom. Haydn executes this scattered character by abruptly transitioning from F-minor to E-flat major between pages, and extends the adagio as the professor has forgotten how many movements to play. The two moods are combined in the final sample here.
Shortly after meeting and befriending Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Haydn travels to London with Johann Peter Salomon and encounters the ocean for the first time. Although Haydn initially struggled to write among the noise of London's streets, he was soon summoned to Oxford University to obtain a doctorate, where he showcased his "Oxford Symhpony," for which he was greatly acclaimed. A critic said Haydn wrote for "attentive, quick-witted" listeners.
Haydn: Symphony No. 83, La Poule, I
Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment/Kuijken
Haydn: Symphony No. 88, II; Symphony No. 92, Oxford, IV
Haydn: Symphony No. 98, IV
Haydn: Symphony No. 100, Military, I, II & IV
Haydn ends his career in composition after completing 104 symphonies and traveling from Vienna to London, and back again. One of the last acquaintances Haydn made during his career was with King George III in London, whose family Haydn entertained with his music. Haydn becomes financially stable and inspires the Handel and Haydn Society. Haydn was well-respected and implored by many to move to England.