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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 Bruckner, AntonCCall 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 Land (FREE)HHandel, 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 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, 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 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, 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 Poulenc, FrancisProkofiev, SergeiProud Tower, Part IProud Tower, Part IIRRachmaninoff, SergeiRRavel, Maurice Respighi, OttorinoRimsky-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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Orpheus in the New World Purchase Now
This weeks show title, Orpheus in the New World, is borrowed from a book by Philip Hart of the same name. The book focused on American orchestras in the 1970s, and this week's show focuses on, mostly recent, American composers.
Born 1961 in Milkwaukee, Michael Torke was asked to write a piece for the 1996 Olympics held in Atlanta, Georgia. He composed the piece Javelin and named it such because he thought the word was sleek.
Torke studiend under Joseph Schwantner at the Eastman School of Music, and next we hear Schwantner's piece, Sparrows, written in 1979. It is the setting of 15 haiku's.
Next, we meet Elliott Carter who was born in 1908. He is two years younger than Samuel Barber and two years old than Shostakovich. We hear his Pastoral for Clarinet and Piano which he wrote at age 37 in 1945.
Finally, we meet Aaaron Jay Kernis, a Pulitzer Prize winner, born in 1960. We hear Musica Celestis (Music of the Heavens) which was originally written for string quartet and then later rearranged for string orchestra.
Today's program begins with a violin concerto by Roger Sessions (1896-1985), a famously intelligent man. He spent many years as a professor at Princeton University. Marc Neikrug, also very intelligent, is the composer of the next violin concerto Bill plays. Neikrug spent much of his career as the piano accompanist of Pinchas Zukerman, and is also the director of the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival.
The next violin concerto was written by John Adams. Movement two contains the written phrase "Body Through Which a Dream Flows." This phrase comes from a poem by Robert Hass which Adams said mirrored the sensation of the movement.
The final violin concerto of the program is composed by Stehpen Paulus writing for William Preucil, then concert master of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra.
The program ends with a ragtime piece for the piano by William Bolcom entitiled Graceful Ghost.
Into Eclipse by Stephen Albert, is based on the Ted Hughes transalation of Seneca's version of Oedipus Rex. Albert was also very drawn to James Joyce and set several of his works to music. Albert won a Pulitzer Prize for his piece, RiverRun, based on Joyce's Finnegan's Wake.
Albert was killed in a 1992 automobile accodent, and one of his best friends and composer, Christonpher Rouse, dedicated the second movement of second symphony to Albert.
Donald Erb's piece Ritual Observances also deals with loss and is dedicated to Lenoard Slatkin and Mozart. The title is taken from a Dylan Thomas poem.
On a lighter note, we hear the piece T. Rex by Bill's old friend Mark Phillips. The piece is scored for trombones and electronic sounds.
Finally, we hear the piece Morgen-Gesang (morning sound) by Arthur Foote, and several selections from Amy Beach, born Amy Marcy Cheney.
This program begins with Sonata for Violin and Piano by Paul Moravec, a recent Pulitzer Prize winning composer. The piece was written for violinst Maria Bachman, and her piano accompanist Jon Klibonoff.
Next we hear two birthday greeting pieces by Leonard Berstein, the first written for Carl Berm's 85th birthday. The other is a greeting for Alexander Berstein on the first day of his life.
This is followed by the wild piece Symphony No. 3 by Ellen Taafe Zwilich, and then the calm piece Old and Lost Rivers by Tobias Picker. Next is the piece Petroushskates by Joan Tower, the piece is a tip of the hat to her favorite composer, Igor Stravinsky.
This program concludes with several works by Peter Lieberson, written for the love of his life and vocalist Lorraine Hunt Lieberson. The piece premiered in Los Angeles in May 2005 and the recording played in the program is from a live November 2005 performance by the Boston Symphony Orchestra. Lorraine died of cancer a year after that performance.
The final program begins with a piece by Carolyn Jennings called The Loons. Next, we hear Elegy written by one of the violinists from The Emerson String Quartet, Philip Setzer. The piece is written for Setzer's close friend who passed away.
Next we hear several concert pieces from composers usually thought of as film composers: John Williams and Danny Elfman. Williams' piece, The Five Sacred Trees, is based on a Celtic legend. Elfman's piece is entitled Serenada Schizophrana.
Elfman was inspired by Philip Glass, and we listen to a piece from Glass' opera, Orphee. We also hear Cauldrons by Minnesota composer Franklin.
Finally, the program ends with a full performance of the Exploring Music Theme written by Bill McGlaughlin himself. The piece is dedicated to Steve Robinson.