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On this edition of Exploring Music, the theme is "Artists in Exile", which refers to "how refugees from 20th Century war and revolution transformed the American arts." On this and the next program, you will hear stories of the appreciation of new places but also the terrible lonliness that comes from being in exile, forced from one's home by internal strife and placed thousands of miles away in a new world.
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Bill, with help from the book “Artists in Exile” by Joseph Horowitz, considers the work of composers exiled to America. He begins with a vacationing artist, Antonín Dvořák, before playing music from Ernest Bloch and Sergei Prokofiev, who fled the Soviet Union.
Rózsa: Violin Concerto, Op. 24, I
Dallas Symphony Orchestra/Hendl; Heifetz, v.
Sergei Rachmaninoff left Russia in 1917 and came to America in 1918. We hear music composed primarily in the 1930’s during Rachmaninoff’s tenure in the States, including his Symphonic Dances and Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini.
Stravinsky: Four Norwegian Moods, II. Song
New York Phil/Stravinsky
Béla Bartók moved to New York in 1940 after the death of his mother in Budapest. Music helped to revive Bartók during a spate of bad health. Bill plays excerpts from Concerto for Orchestra and Piano Concerto No. 3.
Bartók: Concerto For Orchestra, Sz. 116
Chicago Symphony Orchestra/Solti
9:04, 12:45, 13:38 Purchase
Bartók: Piano Concerto No. 3, Sz. 119, II, I (excerpt)
LSO/Boulez; Grimaud, p.
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You have opened up the world of Classical Music to me, where previously, it seemed too complicated.
This is simply one of the very best radio programmes in the medium!...The study of the people, the times, and the events that inform the music we otherwise enjoy and even, heaven forbid, take for granted, brings the entire world of the music and the composer to life.
There isn't a program you broadcast on Exploring Music" that isn't of interest. I find them all engaging. It is a combination of variety of subject, intellectual curiosity and your obvious enthusiasm which characterize your satisfying programs.
It’s a great way to re-engage myself with consciousness before heading off to work.
I Love this program! I am in 7th grade and I am the complete opposite of the other kids. I am 4th chair in the orchestra and I love to read. But most of all, I LOVE classical music!
Your show has helped open my mind and heart to this world of music, and every show I hear confirms my place in music and gives me new ideas for where I'd like to go with it in the future….I grew up with classical music as a child and always held it in my heart, but I didn't have the confidence to be a good student (or a good violinist.)
Listening to you is almost interactive.You invite us in with so many well modulated dramatic and informative comments, enticing, enthusiastic interpretations, and coherent, beautiful presentations. It's a privilege to follow you into the musical space you create.
I just love this program. It is soothing and comfortable at the end of the day. I find his comments interesting, but they aren't so dragged out that there is very little music. The balance of both is just right.