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Bill begins by examining the early origins of the symphonic form, as perfected by eighteenth century masters Haydn, Mozart, and Beethoven. Beginning in 1618 with various "sinfonias" composed by Biagio Marini. He makes comparisons with Haydn's standard four-movement configuration, which had long done away with 17th century "continuo" bassline progressions present in Marini's pieces.
Many of these 17th century Italian pieces titled "sinfonia," differ from their 18th century counterparts in their use of a soloist backed by an orchestra, or—in the case of the popular "concerto grosso"—a group of soloists in dialogue with a small orchestra.
Pieces such as a striking tone poem by Antonio Vivaldi, and a countertenor oratorio by George Frideric Handel, provide further examples of the varying forms that early "sinfonias" would take.
Haydn: Symphony No. 104 in D Major, London, I & IV + III
Beethoven: Symphony No. 2 in D Major, Op. 36
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You have opened up the world of Classical Music to me, where previously, it seemed too complicated.
This is simply one of the very best radio programmes in the medium!...The study of the people, the times, and the events that inform the music we otherwise enjoy and even, heaven forbid, take for granted, brings the entire world of the music and the composer to life.
There isn't a program you broadcast on Exploring Music" that isn't of interest. I find them all engaging. It is a combination of variety of subject, intellectual curiosity and your obvious enthusiasm which characterize your satisfying programs.
It’s a great way to re-engage myself with consciousness before heading off to work.
I Love this program! I am in 7th grade and I am the complete opposite of the other kids. I am 4th chair in the orchestra and I love to read. But most of all, I LOVE classical music!
Your show has helped open my mind and heart to this world of music, and every show I hear confirms my place in music and gives me new ideas for where I'd like to go with it in the future….I grew up with classical music as a child and always held it in my heart, but I didn't have the confidence to be a good student (or a good violinist.)
Listening to you is almost interactive.You invite us in with so many well modulated dramatic and informative comments, enticing, enthusiastic interpretations, and coherent, beautiful presentations. It's a privilege to follow you into the musical space you create.
I just love this program. It is soothing and comfortable at the end of the day. I find his comments interesting, but they aren't so dragged out that there is very little music. The balance of both is just right.