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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 IAmerican 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 Metronome (FREE)Beethoven 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 CCall for ScoresCello Concertos Child's PlayChopin, FredericClash of the Titans Clowning AroundCopland, AaronCorigliano, JohnCzech out those Bohemians DDebussy, ClaudeDemons, Spooks and Other Things That Go Bump in the NightDirector's ChoiceDistant NeighborsDon't Shoot the Piano PlayerDvorak, 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 LandHHandel, George FridericHaydn and Mozart QuartetsHaydn SymphoniesHidden Gold, Part IHHidden Gold, Part IIHindemith, PaulHit or Myth Holiday CelebrationHomageII Didn't Know About YouI Hear a Rhapsody (FREE)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, LeosLLatin 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 the Time of WarMusic of Scandinavia (FREE)Musical 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, CarlNinth SymphoniesNobody Ever Builds a Statue to a CriticOOrpheus in the New World Outward BoundPPastoral SymphoniesPiano ConcertosPolandPortraits in Black, Brown, & Beige, Part I Portraits in Black, Brown, & Beige, Part II Poulenc, FrancisProkofiev, SergeiProud Tower, Part IProud Tower, Part IIRRachmaninoff, SergeiRavel, Maurice Respighi, OttorinoRRimsky-Korsakov and His PupilsRoaring 20'sRussian Five: The Mighty HandfulSSchool DaysSchubert String QuartetsSchubertiade, Part ISchubertiade, Part IISchuman, WilliamSchumann, Robert Shakespeare Shostakovich, Dmitri, Part I (FREE)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 01Symphony, 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 PhilharmonicThrough the Mail SlotTone Poems Too Darn BigTriple PlayTudor MusicTwo Very Different Worlds Delius and HolstUUnder the Hood, Part IUnder the Hood, Part IIUnfinished SymphoniesVVariationsVaughan Williams, RalphVeniceVerdi, Giuseppe, Part IVerdi, Giuseppe, Part IIVienna, Part IVienna, Part II (FREE)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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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 &
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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.
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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."