An exploration of the six cantatas, premiered at Leipzig’s St. Thomas and St. Nicholas Churches in 1734, that mark the period from Christmas to Epiphany.
Taking a cue from President Eisenhower's famous remark to Leonard Bernstein, this week is a sampling of arias, overtures, barcarolles and other melodic delights that deserve more time on the airwaves.
Join us as we savor Beethoven's sixteen seminal contributions to the string quartet form, plus the Grosse Fuge.
A weeklong look at the the life and music of Carl Nielsen, who rose from humble beginnings to become Denmark's greatest composer.
What a scene in Vienna: business owners, intellectuals and scholars offering a home for a concert, a meal, a place to sleep or a room with a piano—all to support the friend they loved and admired, Franz Schubert. It was a Bohemian life, rich with music and conversation. This week, we’ll dip into those legendary house concerts for an enchanting week of music.
More music from the Gilded Age to the Great War.
Music from the Gilded Age to the Great War.
Darkness descends on Exploring Music as we investigate composers' fascination with ghosts, goblins, Mephistopheles and other phantasmagoria.
Firmly poised on the progressive side of the War of the Romantics, Franz Liszt was on the front lines of the battle to usher in a new musical era- an era of radical dissonances, thematic transformation and exceptional virtuosity. This week, we'll spend five hours listening to Liszt's music and looking at his life in celebration of his 200th birthday.
Works inspired by sights, sounds and smells of nature at summer’s end, including selections by Vivaldi, Piazzola, Delius and Schubert.
With William Blake’s famous words as a stepping-off point, we’re traversing the pastoral musical landscapes of the British Isles.
This week we open to one of the most delightful and storied chapters of the string quartet's history, centering around the works of Mendelssohn, Schumann and Brahms.
Rivers, boatmen, water-borne vessels and wanderers, farewells, fair maidens and sight-seers on the move. This week, Bill calls up "A Little Traveling Music" from the pens of Handel, Smetana, Duke Ellington and more.
Bill McGlaughlin explores the instrumental music composed by Bach while not holding a church job.
A five-part biography on the life of Bohemia’s most celebrated composer to mark his 170th birthday.
Bill's exploration of the symphony continues with music of composers born around 1880.
We're continuing our exploration of one of the world’s great musical capitals with music of the great Romantics, the renegades of the last century, and beyond. Composers include Johann Strauss, Jr., Mahler and Schoenberg.
This week we’ll explore the rich culture of this great musical capital, reaching back to the Roman Empire and beyond. Composers include Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert, Haydn, Johann Strauss and Mahler.
This week we’ll peer into the life and music of Benjamin Britten.
"Every town in the United States had a five-and-dime and a Boulanger student," Virgil Thomson once said, and he wasn't far off. Nadia Boulanger taught and influenced an entire generation of musicians, from Aaron Copland and Ástor Piazzolla to Philip Glass and Quincy Jones, and this week we'll hear some of her compositions and performances alongside those of her prolific students.
We'll hear some of the most beloved works of chamber music, first enjoyed through intimate gatherings around the piano. Featured composers include Mozart, Beethoven, Dvorák and Brahms.
From Padilla and Ponce to Ginastera, Villa-Lobos and Piazzolla, we're exploring music by Latin-American composers.
Music in Paris from Berlioz to Debussy, from 1830 to the early 1900s.
There's much more to Ottorino Respighi than Pines of Rome and Fountains of Rome. This week we'll hear his connections with the music of Brazil, touch on his experiences in war-torn Europe, and see how this intriguing violinist, musicologist and composer artfully moved Italian music into the 20th century.
We’ll explore some of the glorious music written for flute, clarinet, oboe, horn and bassoon.
How’s this thing work? For some people, the mechanics of a symphony are as unfathomable as the engine of an automobile is to others. Join us as we take a closer look at the nuts and bolts of works by Mozart, Beethoven, Brahms, Tchaikovsky and Sibelius.
By his early thirties, Igor Stravinsky had captured the world stage with The Firebird, dazzled audiences with Petrushka and incited riots with The Rite of Spring. Before the First World War, he had earned his place as a seminal figure of the 20th century. We’ll explore this fascinating life and sample his works.
The making of Exploring Music constantly unearths hidden gems and unexpected delights. This week, Bill shares some of his own musical discoveries and solicits suggestions from listeners.
This week’s program will focus on composers' reactions to armed conflict, including the great War Requiem by Benjamin Britten. We'll also feature music by Beethoven, Haydn and Shostakovich.
How would you like to be the subject of a composition by Beethoven, Tchaikovsky or Mozart? In many cases, the fame of the music has outlasted that of its honoree, but we'll explore some of these heartfelt gestures and the composers who made them. Works include Handel's Water Music and Pictures at an Exhibition.
Schubert wasn't the only composer who passed from this earth with an incomplete symphony on his shelf. Elgar, Mahler, Bruckner and other symphonists left fantastic but tantalizingly unfinished music that we'll explore this week.
This week, we’ll focus on ballet music by Tchaikovsky, Stravinsky and Schubert – even Beethoven!
200 years after the composition of Beethoven’s five piano concertos, they’re still the giants in the repertoire. Join us for a concerto a day, plus some of his more intimate works for the instrument.
A look at the life and music of one of Russia's most talented and controversial composers, Sergei Prokofiev, in celebration of his 120th birthday.
Composed in 1727, it’s one of two surviving settings of the last days of Jesus Christ composed by J.S. Bach. We’ll explore the history of this masterpiece and sample different recordings.
For hundreds of years of music-making, childhood has remained an inexhaustible inspiration. This week we’ll hear some of the ways that composers from Purcell to Prokofiev have been influenced by the energy and excitement of youth.
From leitmotifs to lighter fare, this week's programs are a five-hour exploration of Richard Wagner’s crowning operatic achievement.
Bill continues his in-depth look at the string quartet's history and development this week with a focus on Franz Schubert.
We'll follow the life and musical development of one of Hungary's greatest composers to celebrate his 130th birthday.
We'll sample from the wealth of music inspired by the Bard's verse, including pieces written by Purcell, Dvorák, Berlioz and Bernstein.
Music inspired by the visual arts, including Mussorgsky's Pictures at an Exhibition, Hindemith's Mathis der Maler, and Rachmaninoff's Isle of the Dead.
The second in a multi-week series celebrating American composers in the first half of the 20th century.
We'll have a week-long look at the life and music of England's most celebrated German composer.
Composers influenced by the elixir of love.
This week we'll venture into hallowed territory with some of the most profound music in the literature, including requiems by Mozart, Verdi, Berlioz, Fauré, Dvořák and Duruflé.
Inspired by a composer that was in the vanguard of British music in the 20th century, Benjamin Britten once wrote that hearing William Walton's music was a "great turning point in his musical life." We'll trace the arc of Walton's life and his associations with the greatest artists of his time, including Heifetz, Hindemith, Olivier, and Beecham.
We're celebrating Mozart's 255th birthday with some of his most enduring and cherished compositions, including the C Minor Mass, Haffner Symphony, and Clarinet Quintet.
This week we'll listen to families making music through the generations, each with their own stories and traditions to share.
This week, we'll explore English music and its unique history, from folk music in the country pubs to the pageantry of Royal Albert Hall and Covent Garden.
"I often think that the night is more alive and more richly colored than the day," Vincent Van Gogh once wrote, a sentiment shared by many composers inspired by the fall of darkness and the glow of moonlight. We'll sample nocturnal music from Haydn, Wagner, Ives, Chopin, Thelonious Monk, and many others.