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2014 Archive


December 29th-January 2nd, 2014
Tchaikovsky, Part I 
This week we’ll explore the world and music of the great Russian Romantic, including his symphonies, ballets and life at the Moscow Conservatory.

December 22nd-26th, 2014
Holiday Celebration
Music inspired by the season.

December 15th-19th, 2014
Beethoven Quartets
Join us as we savor Beethoven's sixteen seminal contributions to the string quartet form, plus the Grosse Fuge.

December 8th-12th, 2014
The Viola
We’ll celebrate some of the exquisite music written for the violin’s darker cousin, including music by Hindemith and Walton.

December 1st-5th, 2014
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.


November 24th- 28th, 2014
Francis Poulenc
A master of wit and elegance, equal parts boulevardier and enfant terrible, Francis Poulenc's melodic gifts and prolific output made him one of the 20th century’s most enduring composers. (NEW)

November 17th-21st, 2014
Nobody Ever Builds a Statue to a Critic
An exploration of composers’ critiques, evaluations, and responses to their contemporaries.

November 10th-14th, 2014
A five-part history of music in Poland.

November 3rd-7th, 2014
Don't Shoot the Piano Player
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.


October 27th-31st, 2014
The New York Philharmonic: The Big Five, Part II
A continuation of our look at the history of the New York Philharmonic, including musician interviews and some of the orchestra's most memorable performances.

October 20th-24th, 2014
The New York Philharmonic: The Big Five, Part I
It's the oldest orchestra in the United States. This week, we'll explore the history, the conductors, the premiers and the great players of the New York Philharmonic.

October 13th-17th, 2014
From This Mighty River: The Music of the Children of J.S. Bach 
Music flowed from the Bach family in a seemingly unending torrent for generations, and the three sons of Johann Sebastian were no exception. This week we'll listen to the music of Wilhelm Friedemann, Carl Phillip Emanuel and Johann Christian Bach as they continued their father's legacy into the Classical era. (NEW)

October 6th-10th, 2014
A week of music from Spain and Spanish composers.


September 29th-October 3rd, 2014
Life Among the Dead
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, Dvorak and Duruflé.

September 22-26, 2014
String Quartet Composers From Fibich to Sibelius
Bill continues his in-depth look at the string quartet’s history and development this week with a focus on Zdeněk Fibich, Jean Sibelius, and their contemporaries. (NEW)

September 15-19, 2014
Autumn Leaves
Works inspired by sights, sounds and smells of the world at summer's end, including selections by Vivaldi, Piazzola, Delius and Schubert.

September 8-12, 2014
Schubert String Quartets
Bill continues his in-depth look at the string quartet's history and development this week with a focus on Franz Schubert.

September 1-5, 2014
William Walton
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.


August 25-29, 2014
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.

August 18-22, 2014
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.

August 11-15, 2014
A Green and Pleasant Land
With William Blake’s famous words as a stepping-off point, we’re traversing the pastoral musical landscapes of the British Isles.

August 4-8, 2014
Frédéric Chopin
A five-part biography to celebrate the life of Chopin, whose invention and innovation had an indelible effect on the world of Romantic music and the piano.


July 28-August 1, 2014
Emotion and Meaning in Music
Is music merely a collection of ordered pitches and vibrations in the air, or is there inherent and universal meaning contained within?  This week Bill delves into one of the most mysterious and fundamental qualities of music- its ability to convey emotion to the listener.

July 21- 25, 2014
Maiden Voyages
Exploring the symphonic form and the first efforts of great composers.

July 14-18, 2014
“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.

July 7-1, 2014
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.


June 30-July , 2014
American Masters, Part IV
From the east coast to the west, American composers developed a singular identity in the 20th century that continues to energize and influence classical music.  In this latest in a multi-part series, we’ll take a listen to more of these musical trailblazers in the United States.

June 23-2, 2014
Artists in Exile, Part II
More music of composers, performers, and other artists driven from their homelands.

June 16-20, 2014
Artists in Exile, Part I
Music involving composers, performers, and other artists driven from their homelands and inspired by their new surroundings.

June 9-13, 2014
Richard Strauss
Strauss - whose musical life spanned nine decades, two world wars and the Third Reich – was one of Germany’s most gifted and controversial figures.  We’ll explore his tone poems, operas, and life both public and private in this five-part biography.

June 2-6, 2014
What Else Ya Got?
Have you ever wondered about composers who succeeded in writing one smashing piece, but were otherwise forgotten?  This week, we’ll get to know some of these immortals for their other compositions, including Dukas, Ponchielli and Glière.


May 26-30, 2014

Symphony X
Part 10 of our series on the symphony.

May 19-23, 2014
Italian Souvenirs
An exploration of music by composers who were inspired by trips to Italy, including Berlioz, Tchaikovsky and Mendelssohn.

May 12-16, 2014
Proud Tower, Part II
Part 2 of our look at the 25 years leading up to WWI.

May 5-9, 2014
Proud Tower, Part I
On this edition of Exploring Music, we look at the "banquet years" leading up to the First World War.


April 28- May 2, 2014
Shhh -- It’s a Secret — Musical Cryptograms
 This week we'll discover and decipher codes, messages and meanings that have been hidden within pieces of classical music over the centuries.

April 21-25, 2014
Music inspired by William Shakespeare, broadcast in celebration of the Bard’s 450th birthday.

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April 14-18, 2014
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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April 7-11, 2014
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.


March 31-April 4, 2014
Portraits in Black, Brown and Beige, Part I
A celebration of African-American composers and performers.

March 24-28, 2014
A Call for Scores

Music suggested by our colleagues at radio stations around the world.

March 17-21, 2014
Bach Sleeps in on Sundays
Bill McGlaughlin explores the instrumental music composed by Bach while not holding a church job.

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March 10-14, 2014
Latin Carnival
From Padilla and Ponce to Ginastera, Villa-Lobos and Piazzolla, we're exploring music by Latin-American composers.

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March 3-7, 2014
You and the Night and the Music
 Novelists who have drawn their plots around great music.

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February 24-28, 2014
Exploring Two Very Different Worlds
Music of Frederick Delius (1862-1934) and Gustav Holst (1874-1934).

February 17-21, 2014
Shostakovich, Part II

This week we conclude our series on the life and times of Dimitri Shostakovich.

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February 10-14, 2014
Shostakovich, Part I
One of the most celebrated composers in the 20th century, Shostakovich forged a musical language of colossal emotional power.  This week will be first half of a ten-part series exploring the life and times of this fascinating composer.

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February 3-7, 2014
Magnificent Magyars
This week we’ll delve into the rich musical history of Hungary, starting with ancient sacred music and working our way through Liszt, Kodaly, Bartók and Hungarian gypsy music.

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January 27 - 31, 2014
Beethoven at Parnassus, Part II
More music by Beethoven from 1818-1826.

January 20 - 24, 2014
Beethoven at Parnassus, Part I
In the years from 1818 to 1826, Beethoven soared to almost mythological heights with some of his greatest works- the Ninth Symphony, last four sonatas, Missa Solemnis, final string quartets, and more.  In the first of a two-week series, we'll take an in-depth look at this music of a master reaching the pinnacle of his abilities.

January 13 - 17, 2014
Merrie England
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.

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January 6-10, 2014
Brahms, Part II
This is the second of a two-week exploration of 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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