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2013 Archive

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December 30-January 3
Brahms, Part I

 The first of a two-week biography exploring the music and life of the great German master, including his formative years as a pianist, meeting the Schumanns, the symphonies, his late works for clarinet, and more.

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December 23-27
Bach Christmas Oratorio

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.

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December 16-20
School Days

A celebration of young composers and performers.

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December 9-13
Hidden Gold, Part I

Get ready to discover your next favorite piece of music, as Bill McGlaughlin explores wonderful works that few people ever get to hear.

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December 2-6
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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November 25-29
Camille St-Saëns

A child prodigy that was later hailed by Liszt as "the greatest organist in the world," Camille Saint-Saëns led a fascinating life filled to the brim with music.  We'll explore his life, compositions, and influence in this five-part series.

November 18-22
Benjamin Britten

Exploring Music celebrates Benjamin Britten's 100th birthday with a week-long look at his life and music.

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November 11-15
In a Family Way

This week we’ll listen to families making music through the generations, each with their own stories and traditions to share.

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November 4-8
Unfinished Symphonies

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.

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October 28-November 1
Demons, Spooks and Other Things That Go Bump In The Night

Darkness descends on Exploring Music as we investigate composers' fascination with ghosts, goblins, Mephistopheles and other phantasmagoria.

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October 21-25
The Wind Quintet

This week, we’ll explore some of the glorious music written for flute, clarinet, oboe, horn and bassoon.

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October 14-18
Verdi, Part II

Our two-week series celebrating Giuseppe Verdi's 200th birthday continues with more of his operas and other works, both iconic and underappreciated.

October 7-11
Verdi, Part I

A towering figure in Italian art and perhaps the greatest composer of 19th century opera, Giuseppe Verdi is one of the most venerated figures in classical music.  This week we begin a ten-part series investigating his life and music.


September 30 - October 4, 2013
Piano Concertos

The piano concerto is one of the most beloved genres of the concert hall.  After all, it was the thundering virtuosity of some of the great composer/pianists that gave rise to music’s first superstars!  This week, we’ll explore their world and the great music they produced.

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September 23 - 27, 2013
I Lost it at the Movies

Celebrating music of the cinema.

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September 16 - 20, 2013
New Wine in Old Bottles

It’s a week of transcriptions.  We’ll sample the creative efforts of gifted composers who gave life and vitality to existing music by transforming it into something new.  Selections include music by Bach, Copland, Liszt and Ravel.

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September 9 - 13, 2013
Gitana: Gypsy Music and its Influences

As the Roma journeyed through Europe and beyond, the native music and that of these travelers combined to create an energetic and exotic confluence unlike anything else.  This week we'll sample some of this music and its antecedents.

September 2 - 7, 2013
It Takes Two to Tango

On this edition of Exploring Music, the theme is duos, but they are not always as you would expect them. While many duos are for two singers or two players, some can even be played by one player!

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August 26 - 30, 2013
Sounds of the City of Lights

Paris, the City of Lights, is illuminated by many musical stars. No time was this more true than in the period between Berloiz's birth and Debussy's death. In this edition of Exploring Music, Bill McGlaughlin discovers what made luminaries such as Bizet, Gounod and Alkanshine.

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August 19 - 23, 2013
The Symphony, Part IX

Part nine of this massive series focuses on symphonies written in Germany, Austria, and France after the Great War.

August 12 - 16, 2013

This week we’ll examine the life and music of England’s most celebrated German composer.

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August 5 - 9, 2013
Get the Picture

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.

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July 29 - August 2, 2013
Mendelssohn, Schumann and Brahms String Quartets

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.

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July 22 - 26
New Releases, Part II

In "New Releases," part II, Bill looks at new discoveries among the many recordings that are sent to him.

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July 15 - 19, 2013
Arias & Barcarolles

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.

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July 8 - 12, 2013
Mahler, Part II

We continue this week with more symphonies of Gustav Mahler.

July 1 - 5, 2013
Mahler, Part I

"A symphony should be like the world: it must embrace everything." With his ten-plus symphonies, Mahler's world extended horizons beyond anything known to concert audiences. His vision stretched the boundaries of the orchestra and the symphonic form.


June 24 - 28, 2013
Sergei Rachmaninoff

The finest example of late Russian Romanticism, we'll take five hours to explore the life and music of this lyrically gifted pianist and composer.

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June 17 - 21, 2013
Intimate Voices

Reflections on a life in the string quartet business with Samuel Rhodes and David Finckel.

June 10 - 14, 2013
An Invitation to the Dance, Part III

George Balanchine, born in St. Petersburg, became a dancer and accomplished pianist. We’ll follow his charmed life and the music that inspired him. Music by Bach, Ravel, Tchaikovsky and his longtime friend, Igor Stravinsky.

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June 3 - 7, 2013
Outward Bound

Bill explores the musical expressions of man as he travels through nature and beyond. Works include Beethoven's Pastoral Symphony, Strauss' Alpine Symphony and Villa-Lobos' Bachianas Brasileiras.

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May 27 - 31, 2013
Music in Time of War

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.

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May 20 - 24, 2013
Wagner's Ring Cycle

From leitmotifs to lighter fare, this week's programs are a five-hour exploration of Richard Wagner's crowning operatic achievement.

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May 13 - 17, 2013
Richard Wagner

"The greatest genius that ever lived" proclaimed WH Auden, while Rossini said that Wagner had "beautiful moments but awful quarters of an hour." Love him or hate him, Wagner is an undeniable force who stretched tonality and orchestration to their utmost limits. This week (and next) we celebrate Wagner's 200th birthday in grand style with programs filled to the brim with his music.

May 6 - 10, 2013
Schubertiade II

Chamber music by one of the foremost composers in this intimate genre, Franz Schubert.

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April 29 - May 3, 2013
Cello Concertos

For many music lovers, the cello's melodic capacity and deep timbre represent the pinnacle of musical expression. This week we'll explore some of the great works written for this instrument and the musicians that made them famous.

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April 22 - 26, 2013
Water Music

In the 5th Century BC, water was classified as one of the four essential elements. Over the centuries artists, poets, philosophers and composers have returned again and again to the mysteries of water for inspiration. This week, we'll focus on Water Music with works by Vaughan Williams, Mahler, Debussy and (of course) Handel.

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April 15 - 19, 2013
The Roaring '20s

In the 1920s, concert halls rocked with everything from jazz to airplane propellers, radio became a multimillion dollar industry, and art and literature flowed like bathtub gin. This week, we'll sample "The Roaring 20s" in New York, Paris and Berlin.

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April 8 - 12, 2013
The Symphony, Part VII (Russian)

Our exploration of the symphony continues with a look at Russia's contributions, from Rubinstein and Rimski through Glazunov and Gliere.

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April 1 - 5, 2013

Recognized as the greatest French composer of his generation, Gabriel Fauré bridged the Romantic era and the 20th century with a sophistication that heralded the arrival of a significant new voice. From his art songs to the Requiem and beyond, we'll cover his life and music in this 5-part series.


March 25 - 29, 2013
Bach's Not-So-Minor B-Minor Mass

A week-long examination of the development of Bach's masterpiece, starting with the smaller Lutheran Masses which led up to the B Minor Mass, also includes influences from Palestrina to Bach's own instrumental and organ works.

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March 18 - 22, 2013
Distant Neighbors

Wonderfully rich and historic music from Mexico and South America.

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March 11 - 15, 2013
Haydn & Mozart Quartets

String quartet music by Haydn and Mozart, who launched the form from obscurity to celestial heights. The first in a multiple-week series on the string quartet.

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March 4 - 8, 2013

A biography of one of the greatest musical minds of all time.

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February 25 - March 1, 2013
Portraits in Black, Brown and Beige, Part II

Bill's celebration of African-American composers and performers continues with the second in a two-week series.

February 18 - 22, 2013
Portraits in Black, Brown and Beige, Part I

A celebration of African-American composers and performers.

February 11 - 15, 2013
Beethoven and that Danged Metronome

How do tempo and interpretation affect the emotional impact of a composition?

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February 4 - 8, 2013
Triple Play

Bill steps up to the plate explore to trios of all sorts, from the finale of Strauss' Der Rosenkavalier to the Beethoven Triple Concerto and more.

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January 28 - February 1, 2013
The Symphony, Part VI (French)

The symphony has been fertile ground for composers throughout history and around the world. This week, we'll follow its development in France in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

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January 21 - 25, 2013
Mozart at his Zenith

A week devoted to Mozart's final years. We'll explore a stream of masterpieces, including Marriage of Figaro, Don Giovanni, the final symphonies and piano concertos, and his unfinished Requiem.

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January 14 - 18, 2013

One of the most influential (and underrated) Czech composers, Leoš Janáček created a deeply original style of composition that infused his operas, string quartets and symphonic music with Moravian and Slavic folk influences.

January 7 - 11, 2013
Tudor Music

Music from Tallis, Byrd, Henry VIII and other 16th and 17th-century English composers.

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