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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 I American 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 MetronomeBeethoven 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 Bruckner, Anton (FREE)CCall for ScoresCello Concertos Child's PlayChopin, FredericClash of the Titans Clowning AroundCopland, AaronCorigliano, JohnCzech out those Bohemians DDebussy, Claude (FREE)Demons, Spooks and Other Things That Go Bump in the Night (FREE)Director's ChoiceDistant Neighbors Don't Shoot the Piano PlayerDvořák, AntoninDvorak, Tchaikovsky & Borodin String Quartets EElgar, EdwardEmotion and Meaning in MusicEnescu, GeorgesEspanaFFamilies 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 Land HHandel, George FridericHaydn and Mozart QuartetsHaydn SymphoniesHidden Gold, Part IHidden Gold, Part IIHHindemith, PaulHit or Myth Holiday CelebrationHomageII Didn't Know About YouI Hear a Rhapsody I Hear America Singing (FREE)I 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, LeosKKeyboard SmorgasbordLLatin 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 19th Century Paris: Waterloo to Bismarck Music in the Time of WarMusic of ScandinaviaMusical 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, Carl Ninth SymphoniesNobody Ever Builds a Statue to a CriticOOrpheus in the New World Outward BoundPPastoral Symphonies Piano ConcertosPolandPortraits in Black, Brown, & Beige, Part I Portraits in Black, Brown, & Beige, Part II Ports of Call, Part I Ports of Call, Part II (FREE)Poulenc, FrancisProkofiev, SergeiProud Tower, Part IProud Tower, Part IIRRachmaninoff, SergeiRRavel, Maurice Respighi, OttorinoRimsky-Korsakov and His PupilsRoaring 20's Russian Five: The Mighty HandfulSSchool DaysSchubert String QuartetsSchubertiade, Part ISchubertiade, Part IISchuman, WilliamSchumann, Robert Shakespeare Shostakovich, Dmitri, Part I 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 01 (FREE)Symphony, 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 PhilharmonicThe Gathering Storm: Music from the Great Depression to WWIIThrough the Mail SlotTone Poems Too Darn BigTriple PlayTudor MusicTwo Very Different Worlds Delius and HolstUUnder the Hood, Part IUnder the Hood, Part II Unfinished SymphoniesVVariationsVaughan Williams, RalphVeniceVerdi, Giuseppe, Part IVerdi, Giuseppe, Part IIVienna, Part IVienna, Part II 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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The first program of this week includes: Franz Waxman (Four Scenes of Childhood: Bedtime Story and Humoresque); Don Gillis who organized NBC Symphony broadcasts with Arturo Toscanini (Symphony No. 5 1/2); Wayne Barlow (The Winter's Passed); the great novelist / composer Paul Bowles (the Mexican influenced Six Preludes for Piano, Concerto for Two Pianos and Blue Mountain Ballads - based on texts by Tennessee Williams); and Alec Wilder (Air for English Horn and Theme and Variations - both conducted by Frank Sinatra).
This hour features the work of a pair American composers whose work stretched far beyond the usual classical realms. New York born Bernard Hermann worked with Orson Welles and Alfred Hitchcock but also composed many remarkable non-film works (featured here are his Symphony No. 1 and For the Fallen - A Berceuse). Leroy Anderson's playfulness style is heard in a various works including The Syncopated Clock, Belle of the Ball, Harvard Sketches, The Classical Jukebox, A Trumpeter's Lullaby and The Typewriter.
"Conjure of a picture of Colonial Sanders, then put sandals on Colonial Sanders and take him out to the west coast, make him big, like a Buddha, infinitely kind, wise, full of merriment..." so begins Bill's hour on the great mid-20th century experimental composer Lou Harrision. In this hour you'll hear Harrisons Suite from the Marriage at the Eiffel Tower, Symphony on G, Six Sonatas, Suite for Violin, Seven Pastorales and Homage to Pacifica (In Honor of Chief Seattle).
This hour focuses on a pair of American composers who came of age in the 1940s: Harold Shapero and George Rochberg, who despite being widely admired were unjustly accused of being 'copycats.' Shapero's Symphony for Classical Orchestra was called "the most beautiful orchestral piece written by an American composer" by André Previn. George Rochberg was a serial / twelve-tone composer who worked in Italy with Luigi Dallapiccola but after his teenage son developed a brain tumor and later died and he jettisoned serial music in favor of music that is in many ways Mahleresque. Bill plays excerpts from two enchanting pieces by Rochberg: Music for the Magic Theater and his String Quartet No. 3 which draws on themes from late Beethoven string quartets.
The final episode the American Masters series focuses on the irrepressible Morton Gould, the New York born composer who began working as a staff pianist at Radio City Music Hall as a teenager and became a celebrated radio conductor (including the Chrysler Radio Hour). While many of his pieces are somewhat on the pop side, Bill highlights some of his lesser known works including excerpts from a Piano Concerto, Concerto for Viola and Orchestra, Fall River Legend, Benny's Gig for Clarinet and Double Bass (written for Benny Goodman for a trip to the Soviet Union in 1962), the Pulitzer Prize-winning Stringmusic and Boogie-Woogie Etude.