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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.
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 PlayChopinClash of the Titans Clowning 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 BashMozart: Bright Lights, Big CityMusic 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 QuintetsWunderkinder Part OneWunderkinder Part TwoYYou and the Night and the Music
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American Masters, Part I (FREE)
Born in Nebraska, Swedish-American Howard Hanson studied at Northwestern University and spent three years in Rome studying with Respighi. Among the highlights of this program are his Symphony #1: Nordic which paid tribute to the homeland of his ancestors and influence of Sibelius, Symphony #2: Romantic, Merry Mount Suite and Symphony #7: A Sea Symphony (following the path of Benjamin Britten in setting the words of Walt Whitman to music). Hanson was the Dean of the Eastman School of Music for more than 40 years and his works influenced generations of American composers.
Hanson: Symphony #1 In E Minor, Nordic
I. Andante Solenne, Allegro Con Forza
Hanson: Symphony #2, Op. 30, Romantic
II. Andante Con Tenerezza,
III. Allegro Con Brio
6:38, 7:17 (excerpt)
Hanson: Merry Mount Suite (excerpts)
Prelude To Act II and Maypole Dances
Hanson: Piano Concerto
II. Allegro Molto Ritmico,
III. Andante Molto Espressivo
IV. Allegro Giocoso
Alfred Moledous, piano
Hanson: Symphony No. 7, A Sea Symphony
I. Lo, The Unbounded Sea (Largamente)
Seattle Symphony Orchestra and Chorale/Schwarz
Long associated with Harvard University, where he influenced legions of American composers, Walter Piston was the grandson of a sailor from Genoa, Italy, served in the Navy during World War I, and studied with Dukas and Boulanger in Paris in the 1920s before embarking on a storied career as a composer and educator. This program features excerpts from Piston's 1st and 4th symphonies, Divertimento and the ballet suite The Incredible Flutist.
Piston: Symphony No. 1: (excerpts)
New York Chamber Symphony/Schwarz
:22, 1:07, 6:17
Piston: Symphony No. 4, I & II
Piston: Psalm & Prayer Of David- "O Sing Unto The Lord A
Seattle Symphony Orchestra & Chorus/Schwarz
Piston: Divertimento, I & III
New York Chamber Ensemble
Piston: The Incredible Flutist (Ballet Suite)
Seattle Symphony Orchestra/Schwarz; Goff, fl.
This program focuses on a pair of New York-born, near contemporaries, Roger Sessions and Paul Creston, who had enormous influence in the mid-20th century.
Sessions taught an astonishing array of younger American composers including John Adams, Milton Babbitt, Peter Maxwell Davies, David Del Tredici and a host of others. Bill provides commentary on two key works by Sessions: the Suite from the Black Maskers (a play) and the Concerto for Violin and Orchestra.
Creston (originally born Giuseppe Guttoveggio to Sicilian parents) was a largely self-taught composer whose compositions explored here include a Tarantella dance, a symphony inspired by medieval mysteries, and the Hollywood Quartet performing a movement of Creston's String Quartet.
Sessions: Childhood Memories- March, Waltz For Brenda &
New World Records 80590
Sessions: Suite From The Black Maskers- Dance & Scene
New World Records 80368
Sessions: Concerto for Violin and Orchestra, III & IV
Monadnock Festival Orchestra/Bolle; Ole Bohn, v.
Creston: Partita for Fl., Vln. & Strings, op.12- Tarantella
Seattle Symphony/Schwarz; Scott Goff, fl.; Ilkka Talvi, v.
Creston: Symphony No.3, I (The Nativity)
Seattle Symphony /Schwarz
Creston: Symphony No. 4, II
Albany Symphony Orchestra/Miller
Creston: String Quartet, Op. 8, II
The Hollywood String Quartet
Paul Creston: Concerto #2 For Violin & Orchestra, Op. 78
Albany Symphony Orchestra/Miller; Fulkerson, v.
One of the first widely-known female American composers, Ruth Crawford collaborated with Carl Sandburg, was the first woman to win a Guggenheim and studied in Berlin - Ruth Crawford's harmonically challenging music is unlike anyone else's.
Born in northern California, Henry Cowell was a home-schooled musical genius who produced unique works such as his haunting "The Banshee" (for prepared piano) and his Suite for Violin and Piano.
Roy Harris was born in a log cabin on Abraham Lincoln's birthday in Nebraska and was very much a composer of the American west. Bill plays Harris' popular Symphony No. 3 performed by the New York Philharmonic and conducted by Leonard Bernstein.
Knussen DG 449925
In the final hour of this week on American Masters who rose to prominence in the 1920s and 30s, Bill introduces Virgil Thomson and William Grant Still (with some detours into George Antheil's rollicking Jazz Symphony and Duke Ellington's "Black, Brown and Beige").
Thomson, from Kansas City, was one of the great writers on music in the 20th century and this program features his music for the film "The Plow that Broke the Plains," several of his "Portraits in Music" and "Pigeons on the Grass Alas" from his experimental opera "Four Saints in Three Acts" based on writings of Gertrude Stein as well as other short pieces.
Still was the first African-American composer to have his work performed by major U.S. orchestras. Bill introduces his "Frog Went A-Courtin'" and "Jesus is a Rock in the Weary Land," Suite for Violin ("Mother and Child") and Piano and excerpts from his "Three Visions."