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2012 Archive

December

December 31 - January 4, 2012
Strings Plus One

This week we'll feature small string groups with a special guest addition.

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December 24 - 28, 2012
Holiday Celebration

Music inspired by the season.

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December 17 - 21, 2012
How Do You Get From Bach to Beethoven?

Exactly 100 years separates Bach’s B Minor Mass and Beethoven’s Choral Symphony – seminal works from two distinct eras. This week, we’ll explore how music progressed in this century, tracing inspirations in harmony, rhythm, orchestration and form.

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December 10 - 14, 2012
The Symphony, Part I

In the beginning, there were Haydn, Mozart and Beethoven, or so we thought. That is until we uncovered a whole world of instrumental music so varied, so wonderful and so woefully unknown, we decided to take out time in that glorious place. Starting with a Sinfonia by Biaggio Marini from 1618, we slowly make out way through the seventeenth century, the eighteenth century and finish at the brink of the Romantic era with the Second Symphony by Beethoven.

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December 3 - 7, 2012
Incidentally Speaking

For as long as art forms such as theatre, ballet, and other entertainments have graced the stage, composers have been there to enhance the dramatic action through music. This week Bill explores some of the not-so-incidental music that has resulted.

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November

November 26 - 30, 2012
Tone Poems

In a literal case of art imitating life, symphonic music is freed from its traditional structures and takes a programmatic turn.

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November 19 - 23, 2012
Artists in Exile, Part II

More music of composers, performers, and other artists driven from their homelands.

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November 12 - 16, 2012
Artists in Exile, Part I

Music involving composers, performers, and other artists driven from their homelands and inspired by their new surroundings.

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November 5 - 9, 2012
I Hear America Singing

Celebrating America's unique voice in music.

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October

October 29 - November 2, 2012
Dvorák, Tchaikovsky and Borodin String Quartets

Our multiple-part series tracing the evolution of the string quartet continues with magnificent works from Antonin Dvorák, Pyotr Tchaikovsky and Alexander Borodin.

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October 22 - 26, 2012
Autumn Leaves

Works inspired by sights, sounds and smells of the world at summer's end, including selections by Vivaldi, Piazzola, Delius and Schubert.

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October 15 - 19, 2012
Pastoral Symphonies

This week we delight in music inspired by nature, including the Pastoral symphony by Beethoven, Berlioz's Harold in Italy and Richard Strauss' Alpine Symphony. We'll also feature readings of texts by John Muir.

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October 8 - 12, 2012
Ralph Vaughan Williams

Composer of nine masterful symphonies, editor of the English Hymnal, an ambulance driver in WWI and great-nephew to Charles Darwin, Ralph Vaughan Williams was a prolific and intriguing figure who was at the vanguard of English music in the early 20th century. This week, we'll look at his life and sample his music.

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October 1 - 5, 2012
The Game of Pairs, Part II

Our two-week series focusing on legendary partnerships between composers continues.

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September

September 24 - 28, 2012
The Game of Pairs, Part I

Haydn and Beethoven, Schumann and Brahms, Copland and Bernstein – these are just a few of the legendary artistic partnerships that have changed the course of musical history. With a tip of the hat to Bartók, we'll listen to some of the music that resulted from these illustrious collaborations and connections.

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September 17 - 21, 2012
Mozart Piano Concertos

Mozart seizes an almost non-existent genre and elevates it to one of the most revered and popular musical forms.

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September 10 - 14, 2012
Nadia Boulanger

"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.

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September 3 - 7, 2012
Czech out those Bohemians

Composers from the lands around the present-day Czech Republic have made an indelible mark on music - we'll examine their history and influence, from medieval times to the present.

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August

August 27 - 31, 2012
School Days

A celebration of young composers and performers.

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August 20 - 24, 2012
Debussy

Exploring the life and work of one of music’s more alluring and mysterious figures.

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August 13 - 17, 2012
Soundtracks

Classical music on the silver screen, from ET to Shostakovich.

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August 6 - 10, 2012
Hindemith

From his birth in a town near Frankfurt through his time in Egypt, Turkey, and eventual emigration to America, Paul Hindemith had a strong and lasting impact on music in the middle of the 20th century. We'll sample his compositions and follow his controversial life.

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July

July 30 - August 3, 2012
New Releases

Bill selects highlights from wonderfully diverse albums that have recently been released.

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July 23 - 27, 2012
Under the Hood, Part II

Back by popular request, Bill takes us through the inner workings of five great symphonies by Haydn, Beethoven, Brahms, Tchaikovsky and Sibelius.

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July 16 - 20, 2012
Stravinsky

Time Magazine named him “one of the most influential people of the 20th century.” We’ll follow this fascinating life from a boyhood encounter with Tchaikovsky to the salons of Paris to the golden age of Hollywood.

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July 9 - 13, 2012
Variations

Exploring themes and variations.

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July 2 - 6, 2012
American Masters, Part I

American Composers of the 1920s, 30s and 40s.

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June

June 25 - 29, 2012
Venice

Known as “La serenissinma,” the most serene Republic of Venice marries beauty and inspiration like few places in the world. Famous for its glassworks, architecture, visual art and yes, its gondolas, Venice has inspired composers from Vivaldi to Wagner.

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June 18 - 22, 2012
Fit for a King

We'll explore the rich and intriguing world of the court composer.

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June 11 - 15, 2012
The Four Seasons

From the boundless majesty of the summer sun in Haydn's Die Jahreszeiten to the frosty snow and shivering winds of Vivaldi's Winter, this week is dedicated to music inspired by the changing seasons.

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June 4 - 8, 2012
Orpheus in the New World

With communications and travel offering cultural exchange like never before, today's composer draws from an enormous palette, giving voice to the amazing era in which we live. From Schwantner and Adams to Neikrug and Beach, we'll listen to and celebrate their music.

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May

May 28 - June 1, 2012
Haydn Symphonies

This week, Bill explores the symphonic wonders of Papa Haydn, the father of the modern symphony. We'll hear Haydn's earliest offerings in the form and follow his path as he expands his ideas and his ensembles into the grand gestures of his 104th.

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May 21 - 25, 2012
George Gershwin

A true American original! Join us for a week-long look at the life and soulful music of George Gershwin, including his Rhapsody in Blue, An American in Paris and Porgy and Bess.

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May 14 - 18, 2012
Nobody Ever Builds a Statue to a Critic

An exploration of composers' critiques, evaluations, and responses to their contemporaries.

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May 7 - 11, 2012
The Mighty Handful

The music of five composers from St. Petersburg who sought to create a uniquely Russian musical tradition. We'll hear compositions by Rimsky-Korsakov, Cui, Borodin, Balakirev, and Mussorgsky.

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April

April 30 - May 4, 2012
The Viola

We'll celebrate some of the exquisite music written for the violin's darker cousin, including music by Hindemith and Walton.

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April 23 - 28, 2012
You and the Night and the Music

Novelists who have drawn their plots around great music.

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April 16 - 20, 2012
The Big Five, Part I - The Chicago Symphony Orchestra

We'll reach back into the history, growth and development of one of America's great musical institutions.

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April 9 - 13, 2012
Grieg & Sibelius

We'll explore the lives and music of the two Scandinavian greats: Edvard Grieg and Jean Sibelius. Music includes a number of chamber works, Grieg's Peer Gynt, the Norwegian Dances and several Sibelius symphonies.

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April 2 - 6, 2012
St. Matthew Passion

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.

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March

March 26 - 30, 2012
Through the Mail Slot

All media outlets have a special place for unsolicited materials. This week we'll explore unexpected musical treats that were delivered to Bill's doorstep.

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March 19 - 23, 2012
España

Spanish music.

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March 12 - 16, 2012
Les Six

It's an anti-Wagner and anti-Impressionist tour de farce. Join us for music by the delightfully irreverent bad boys (and girl) of 1920's Monteparnasse: Auric, Durey, Honegger, Milhaud, Poulenc and Tailleferre.

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March 5 - 9, 2012
Edward Elgar

There's much more to Edward Elgar than graduation marches and the Enigma Variations. A composer of equally masterful symphonies, oratorios, chamber music and concertos, he led a renaissance in 20th century England that firmly reestablished the country's musical identity.

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February

February 27 - March 2, 2012
American Masters III

Our series celebrating American composers continues with more innovative works from the 20th century.

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February 20 - 24, 2012
The Violin Concerto

A sampling of great works for solo violin and orchestra, including concerti by Mozart, Beethoven, Brahms and Sibelius.

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February 13 - 17, 2012
It Was a Lover and His Lass

Composers influenced by the elixir of love.

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February 6 - 10, 2012
John Corigliano

Bill McGlaughlin welcomes one of America's foremost composers as co-host and programmer.

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January

January 30 - February 3, 2012
Too Darn Big

This week we're ascending some of the most colossal musical mountains in existence - works like Schoenberg's Gurrelieder and Havergal Brian's Gothic Symphony that are (usually) too big to program on Exploring Music.

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January 23 - 27, 2012
Mozart: Bright Lights, Big City

Mozart gets the boot from the Archbishop and moves to the city.

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January 16 - 20, 2012
The Curse of the Ninth

Why did so many of music's great symphonists die after completing their ninth symphony? We'll sample five landmark compositions: the ninth symphonies of Beethoven, Schubert, Bruckner, Dvorák and Mahler.

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January 9 - 13, 2012
An Invitation to the Dance, Part I

Which came first, the composer or the dance? It's hard to say, but this week we'll follow the dance through solo works, the opera and the symphony. Highlights include music by Bach, Beethoven and Shostakovich.

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January 2 - 6, 2012
Maurice Ravel

A five-part biography of Maurice Ravel.

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