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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 IIIAn 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 Beethoven and the PianoBeethoven at Parnassus, Part IBeethoven at Parnassus, Part IIBeethoven QuartetsBerliozBernsteinBill's KeepersBrahms, Part IBrahms, Part II (FREE) Britten CCamille St-SaënsCello Concertos (FREE)Chicago Symphony Orchestra: The Big FiveChild'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 QuartetsEElgarEspanaFFamilies of InstrumentsFamily MattersFauréFit for a KingGGame of Pairs, Part IGame of Pairs, Part IIGershwinGet the PictureGitana: Gypsy Music And Its InfluencesHHandelHaydn and Mozart QuartetsHHaydn 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 WarNNadia BoulangerNationalismNew Releases, Part IINew Wine in Old Bottles (Free)New York Philharmonic: The Big Five, Part INew York Philharmonic: The Big Five, Part IINielsenNinth 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 IIProkofievRRachmaninoffRavelRRespighiRussian Five: The Mighty HandfulSSchool DaysSchubert String QuartetsSchubertiade, Part ISchubertiade, Part IISchuman (William) SchumannShakespeare (FREE)Shostakovich, Part IShostakovich, Part IISibelius and GriegSounds of the City of Lights (FREE)SoundtracksSpring is HereSt. Matthew PassionStrauss (Richard)Stravinsky (FREE)Strings Plus OneTTchaikovsky, Part ITchaikovsky, Part IIThe Four SeasonsThe Proud Tower, Part IThe Proud Tower, Part IIThe Roaring 20'sThe Symphony, Part IThe Symphony, Part IIThe Symphony, Part IIIThe Symphony, Part IVThe Symphony, Part IXThe Symphony, Part VThe Symphony, Part VI (French)The Symphony, Part VII (Russian)The Symphony, Part VIIIThrough 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 CycleWater MusicWhat Else Ya Got?William WaltonWind QuintetsYYou and the Night and the Music
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Artists in Exile, Part I
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.
This segment begins with a man who left his country of his own volition: Dvorák, who came from Czechoslovakia and spent some time in Spillville, Iowa. In line with his journey thousands of miles from home, we hear the lonely, forlorn second movement of his American Quartet in F Major. Dvorák had come to America on his own at the end of the 19th century, but during the 20th century many artists, scientists, and composers fled an unstable Europe to come to America. One of these was Bloch, and shortly after he came to America he composed Schelomo, which we hear. The segment ends with Prokofiev, who fled the Soviet Union after the Revolution, and arrived in America, where he was given several concert tours until he got a job in Chicago. We hear the piece that he wrote for the Chicago Symphony, the Love for Three Oranges suite.
This segment focuses in on two composers, Korngold and Rózsa, both of whom had careers in Europe performing concert music, then came to America where they composed music for Hollywood movies. The first example is the Austrian Korngold, who composed and performed his first cantata at the age of 9. We first hear some bits from the score of the film Captain Blood, then his Violin Concerto in D Major, a piece that seems to have inspired future movie score composers like John Williams. Next is Rózsa, who wrote for films like The Thief of Baghdad, Ben-Hur, Ivanhoe, and the Hitchcock film Spellbound, which is heard here. The segment then closes with a Violin Concerto from Rózsa, sporting a distinctly Hungarian sound apart from the Hollywood sounds we have been hearing.
This segment focuses in on Rachmaninoff. As mentioned in the first segment, Rachmaninoff fled Russia after the Soviet Union was established, but he left with a solid backing behind him. As a result, he was very popular as soon as he arrived in America. We first hear the slow second movement from his Symphony no 3 in a minor, followed by the second movement of Symphonic Dances. Next is his big hit in the US: Rhapstody on a Theme of Paganini, loosely based on a little theme composed by the "devil on the violin." The segment then closes not with a Rachmaninoff composition, but with Rachmaninoff on piano, playing Schumann's "Chiarina."
This segment examines another Russian composor and a contemporary of Rachmaninoff's, Stravinsky. Perhaps most famous for his Rite of Spring, Stravinsky had many contacts in Paris, and thus had a place nearby to go to when the Russian Revolution struck. We first hear the first two parts from his Symphony of Psalms, the piece that first brought him to the United States, then move onto Jeu de cartes, the "Game of cards," a ballet based around a poker game...and featuring some very Hadyn-esque tonality. Next we hear the Concerto in E-Flat, known as "Dumbarton Oaks," composed just a year after Jeu de cartes, and then we end with the short second part of Four Norwegian Moods, simply titled "Song."
This week's final segment focuses on Bartók, a native of Hungary with a number of friends in America who urged him to move, which he eventually did. When he arrived, he composed the Concerto for Orchestra, which we hear. (This particular performance is conducted by Sir Georg Solti, a pupil of Bartók.) We hear the first three movements of this, Bartók's most popular piece. The program then closes with the second movement of Bartók's Piano Concerto No. 3, his very last piece, and an excerpt of the first movement.