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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 (FREE)Beethoven and the PianoBeethoven at Parnassus, Part IBeethoven at Parnassus, Part IIBeethoven QuartetsBerliozBernsteinBill's KeepersBoulanger, NadiaBrahms, Part IBrahms, Part II Britten CCall for ScoresCello Concertos (FREE)Child'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 SeasonsFrom This Mighty River: Music of the Children of J.S BachGGame of Pairs, Part IGame of Pairs, Part IIGershwinGet the PictureGitana: Gypsy Music And Its InfluencesHHandelHHaydn 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)NielsenNinth 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, FrancisProkofievRRachmaninoffRavelRespighiRoaring 20'sRussian Five: The Mighty HandfulSSchool DaysSchubert String QuartetsSchubertiade, Part ISchubertiade, Part IISchuman, WilliamSchumann, RobertShakespeare (FREE)Shostakovich, Part I (FREE)Shostakovich, Part IISibelius and GriegSounds of the City of LightsSoundtracksSpring is HereSt-Saëns, Camille St. Matthew PassionStrauss, RichardStravinsky (FREE)String Quartets from Fibich to SibeliusStrings 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 Big Five, Part I: Chicago Symphony Orchestra (FREE)The Big Five, Part I: New York PhilharmonicThe Big Five, Part II: New York PhilharmonicThe Proud Tower, Part IThe Proud Tower, Part IIThrough 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 CycleWalton, WilliamWater MusicWhat Else Ya Got?Wind QuintetsYYou and the Night and the Music
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Bill opens this show on Poland with music of Chopin, who most people consider the preeminent composer of the country. We hear some early hymnal music of the 13th century before moving in the 16th and 17th centuries, which brought the migration of the Jewish people following the Spanish Inquisition. We close with another piece from Chopin.
Chopin: Mazurka, Op. 7 No. 4 (excerpt)
Anon: Sequentia de San Adalberto
Lira Ensemble 0107
We pick up in the 17th century during a period of conflict. We hear a sonata performed by the Capella Gedanensis and a performance by the Lira Singers, based in Chicago. We hear music from Franciszek Lessel, Chopin's teacher Józef Elsner and female composer Maria Szymanowska.
Chopin: Mazurka No. 1 in G# minor
We continue with the music of Frédéric Chopin and Stanisław Moniuszko. While Chopin's music is renowned, the work of Moniuszko remains mostly in Poland. We hear Moniuszko's Halka, considered Poland's national opera, as well as a polonaise and mazurka from Chopin.
Chopin: Introduction and Polonaise for Cello & Piano in C major, Op. 3
Sebok, p.; Starker, vc.
Bill continues with composers who came after Chopin and Moniuszko. We hear music from Henryk Wieniawski, Maurycy Moszkowski and Juliusz Zarebski, all from the mid-19th century. We then move to Ignacy Jan Paderewski with his Concerto for Piano in A Minor and Minuet. We end with music from Leopold Godowsky played by Jascha Heiftz.
Wieniawski: ScherzoTarantelle, Op. 16
Heifetz, v.; Sandor, p.
We open with Karol Szymanowski's Stabat Mater and continue with music from Witold Lutosławski. Bill plays two very different pieces by Krzysztof Penderecki before closing with a traditional Polish song and polka.
Szymanowski: Stabat Mater, Op. 53 (excerpts)
Warsaw Nat’l Phil Orch & Choir/Rowicki; soloists
Bacewicz: String Quartet No. 4, II