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2014 Archive

December

 

December 29, 2014 - January 2, 2015

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 22 - 26, 2014

Holiday Celebration – The sound of sleigh bells means that it's winter holiday time, and music is full of representations of celebratory music. All around the world, winter holidays of a wide variety are celebrated, and their music is wonderful to listen to regardless of which one you celebrate.

 

December 15 - 19, 2014

Beethoven Quartets – An exploration of these rare bodies of work.  We’ll take a tour through all 16 quartets, plus the Grosse Fuga.

 

December 8 - 12, 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 1 - 5, 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

 

November 24 - 28, 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. 

 

November 17 - 21, 2014

Nobody Ever Builds a Statue to a Critic – An exploration of composers’ critiques, evaluations, and responses to their contemporaries.

 

November 10 - 14, 2014

Poland – A five-part history of music in Poland.

 

November 3 - 7, 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

 

October 27 - 31, 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 20 - 24, 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 13 - 17, 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. 

 

October 6 - 10, 2014

España – A week of music from Spain and Spanish composers.

 

September

 

September 29 - October 3, 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. 

 

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

 

August 25 - 29, 2014

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.

 

August 18 - 22, 2014

Homage – 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 200th birthday of Chopin, whose invention and innovation had an indelible effect on the world of Romantic music and the piano.

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

 

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

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.

 

July 7 - 11, 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

 

June 30 - July 4, 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 - 27, 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

 

May 26 - 30, 2014

Symphonies, Part X – Even after being stretched to its limits, the symphony remained the pinnacle of achievement for many 20th century composers.  This week, Bill McGlaughlin continues his multi-part exploration of this vibrant, exciting musical form

 

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

 

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

Shakespeare – Music inspired by William Shakespeare, broadcast in celebration of the Bard’s 450th birthday.

 

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.


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

 

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.

 

March 10 - 14, 2014

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

 

March 3 - 7, 2014

You and the Night and the Music –  Novelists who have drawn their plots around great music.

 

 February

 

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.

 

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.

 

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.

 

January

 

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.

 

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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