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Below are many of the more than 200 five-hour 'weeks' of Exploring Music that have been created since 2003. The first seven minutes of every program are free to sample. Several entire 5-hour programs are also free to listen (marked 'free' below). For complete access to all of the shows, click here to become a subscriber. To sort through the shows by composers Click Here. To see the Playlist for a given show, click on the show and then on the 'playlist' button beneath any of the five one-hour programs.
AAmerican Masters, Part I American Masters, Part II American Masters, Part IIIAmerican Masters, Part IVAmerican Masters, Part V American Masters, Part VIAn Intelligent Conversation: String Quartets Arias & BarcarollesArtists in Exile, Part IArtists in Exile, Part II Autumn Leaves Autumnal Masterpieces BBach Sleeps in on SundaysBach to Beethoven Bach's Christmas Oratorio Bach's Not-So-Minor B-Minor MassBallad of East and West Baltic MusicBarber, SamuelBartok, BelaBeethoven and that Danged MetronomeBeethoven and the PianoBeethoven at Parnassus, Part IBeethoven at Parnassus, Part IIBeethoven Piano SonatasBeethoven Quartets Berlioz, HectorBernstein, Leonard: The ComposerBill's Keepers Boulanger, NadiaBrahms, Johannes, Part I (FREE)Brahms, Johannes, Part II Britten, Benjamin Bruckner, Anton CCall for ScoresCarnegie Hall, Part 1 (FREE)Carnegie Hall, Part 2 (FREE)Cello Concertos Child's PlayChopin, FredericClash of the Titans Clowning AroundCopland, Aaron Corigliano, JohnCzech out those Bohemians DDebussy, Claude Demons, Spooks and Other Things That Go Bump in the NightDirector's ChoiceDistant Neighbors Don't Shoot the Piano PlayerDvořák, AntoninDvorak, Tchaikovsky & Borodin String Quartets EElgar, EdwardEmotion and Meaning in MusicEnescu, GeorgesEspañaFFamilies of Instruments Family Matters: All in the FamilyFauré, GabrielFit for a KingFleisher, Leon (FREE)Four SeasonsFranck, CésarFrom the Mountains to the SeaFrom This Mighty River: Music of the Children of J S BachGGame of Pairs, Part I Game of Pairs, Part IIGershwin, GeorgeGet the Picture (FREE)Gitana: Gypsy Music and Its InfluencesGreen and Pleasant Land Grieg and SibeliusHHandel, George FridericHaydn and Mozart QuartetsHaydn SymphoniesHHidden Gold, Part IHidden Gold, Part IIHindemith, PaulHit or MythHoliday CelebrationHomageHow Strange the Change from Major to Minor, Part IHow Strange the Change from Major to Minor, Part IIII Didn't Know About YouI Hear a Rhapsody I Hear America Singing I Lost it at the MoviesIn a Family WayIncidentally SpeakingIntimate Conversations: Conversations with Samuel Rhodes and David FinckelInvitation to the Dance, Part IInvitation to the Dance, Part II Invitation to the Dance, Part IIIIt Takes Two to Tango (FREE)It Was a Lover and His Lass Italian SouvenirsJJanáček, LeošKKeyboard SmorgasbordLLatin CarnivalLes Cinq PlusLes SixLife Among the Dead: Requiem MassesListener's Choice, Part IIListener's Choice, Part III Liszt, FranzLittle Night Music Little Traveling Music, Please London, The Music of, Part 1London, The Music of, Part 2MMaestro, Part IMaestro, Part IIMagnificent MagyarsMahler, Gustav, Part I (FREE)Mahler, Gustav, Part II (FREE)Maiden Voyages Mendelssohn, FelixMendelssohn, Schumann and Brahms String QuartetsMerrie EnglandMozart at his ZenithMozart Piano ConcertosMozart's Birthday BashMozart: Bright Lights, Big CityMusic for the MassesMusic from the Magic Box Music in 19th Century Paris: Waterloo to Bismarck Music in the Time of WarMusic of ScandinaviaMusical CryptogramsMusical LandscapesNNationalismNew Releases, Part INew Releases, Part IINew Releases, Part III, week 1 of 2New Releases, Part III, week 2 of 2 New Wine in Old Bottles Nielsen, Carl Ninth SymphoniesNobody Ever Builds a Statue to a CriticOOrpheus in the New World Outward BoundPPastoral SymphoniesPiano ConcertosPolandPorts of Call, Part I Ports of Call, Part II Poulenc, FrancisProkofiev, SergeiProud Tower, Part IProud Tower, Part IIRRachmaninoff, SergeiRavel, Maurice Respighi, OttorinoRimsky-Korsakov and His PupilsRoaring 20's Russian Five: The Mighty Handful SSchool DaysSchubert String QuartetsSchubertiade, Part ISchubertiade, Part IISchuman, WilliamSchumann, Robert Shakespeare Shostakovich, Dmitri, Part IShostakovich, Dmitri, Part IISlipped Through the Cracks Sounds of the City of Lights SoundtracksSpanish SchoolSpring is Here St-Saëns, Camille St. Matthew PassionStrauss, RichardStravinsky, IgorString Quartets from Fibich to SibeliusStrings Plus OneSweet Home Chicago Symphony, Part 01Symphony, Part 02Symphony, Part 03Symphony, Part 04Symphony, Part 05Symphony, Part 06 (French)Symphony, Part 07 (Russian)Symphony, Part 08Symphony, Part 09Symphony, Part 10Symphony, Part 11TTchaikovsky, Peter, Part I (FREE)Tchaikovsky, Peter, Part IIThe Big Five I: Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Part IThe Big Five II: New York Philharmonic, Part IThe Big Five II: New York Philharmonic, Part IIThe Gathering Storm: Music from the Great Depression to WWIIThrough the Mail SlotTo the Finland Station, Part ITo the Finland Station, Part IITone Poems Too Darn BigTriple PlayTudor MusicTwo Very Different Worlds Delius and HolstUUnder the Hood, Part IUnder the Hood, Part II Unfinished Symphonies VVariationsVaughan Williams, RalphVenice: The Glories ofVerdi, Giuseppe, Part IVerdi, Giuseppe, Part IIVienna, Part IVienna, Part II ViolaViolin Concerto Virtuoso, The World ofVoices from the EastWWagner's Ring CycleWagner, RichardWalton, WilliamWater MusicWhat Else Ya Got?Wind QuintetsWunderkinder, 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Corigliano, John Purchase Now
Bill McGlaughlin welcomes one of America’s foremost composers as Exploring Music’s co-host and programmer. Corigliano, son of the longtime concertmaster of the New York Philharmonic, has written many works that are now considered to be part of the standard repertoire for American violinists, clarinetists and orchestras. During the '80s, with the onslaught of AIDS deaths surrounding Corigliano, he expressed his profound loss in his Symphony No. 1 with a tarantella that evokes feelings of complete madness. This program celebrates Corigliano’s 80th birthday (February 16).
Corigliano discusses his high school muse, as well as his father who was reluctant to play Sonata for Violin and Piano, a piece Corigliano wrote specifically for his parents, and that would soon persuade Corigliano Sr. to perform at its New York premier after noticing its growing fame.
Corigliano highlights a both disappointing and encouraging phone call from famous violinist Jascha Heifetz. Corigliano challenges himself with tight deadlines, and Bill jokes of leaving Schirmer publishing studio with 35 pounds of music, all belonging to John Corigliano.
John & Richard Contiguglia, pnos.
Corigliano: Fern Hill (excerpt)
Dessoff Choirs 1101
Corigliano: Sonata for Violin and Piano, finale
Corigliano Sr., v.; Votapek, p.
CRI SD 215
Corigliano: Elegy (excerpt), Tournaments
St. Louis Symphony/Slatkin
Corgliano: Concerto for Piano and Orchestra, finale
St. Louis Symphony/Slatkin; Douglas, p.
Bill airs Corigliano's live world premier of "Concerto for Clarinet and Orchestra," which includes a tribute to the composer's father. Corigliano experiments with his travels to Morocco and Egypt, whose exotic sounds can be heard in his "Concerto for Oboe and Orchestra." The composer then demonstrates to Bill a pattern that is prevalent in his "Etude Fantasy No. 3," by transitioning between fifth and third intervals up and down the keyboard.
Each of Corigliano's pieces has its own anecdotal value.
Corigliano: Creations, Part II (excerpt)- The Creation of Adam and Eve
I Fiamminghi/Werthen; McKellen, n.
Corigliano: Gazebo Dances Pt. IV, Tarentella
John & Richard Contiguglia, pnos.
Corigliano: Concerto for Oboe and Orchestra, finale
American Symphony Orchestra/Akiyama; Lucarelli, ob.
RCA Victor 60395-2-RG
Corigliano: Etude Fantasy No. 3- 5ths to 3rds
Corigliano: Concerto for Clarinet and Orchestra
New York Phil/Bernstein; Drucker, cl.
New York Philharmonic 9701
Uncertainty and hallucination are prevalent themes in this program. Corigliano continues to expand his repertoire of styles by writing a piece for Ken Russell's film, "Altered States," in which he sounds out a scene of hallucination. During the '80s was an onslaught of AIDS deaths surrounding Corigliano who lost many friends. He represents the population's loss of coordination caused by the virus in "Symphony No.1," by breaking up instrumental voices only to reconnect them measures later, causing a feeling of complete madness. And here, the true meaning of tarantella appears.
Corigliano: Concerto for Clarinet (excerpt)
New York Phil/Bernstein; Drucker, cl.
New York Phil 9701
Corigliano: Altered States: Original Soundtrack (excerpt)
Corigliano: Pied Piper Fantasy (excerpt)
Eastman Phil/Effron; Galway, fl.
Corigliano: Tarentella fr. Gazebo Dances (excerpt)
John & Richard Contiguglia, pnos.
Corigliano: Symphony No. 1, II, III & IV
National Symphony Orchestra/Slatkin
RCA Victor 09026-68450-2
James Levine suggests to Corigliano that he write an opera, and he spends 12 years writing a genre he never would have otherwise wished to write. His opera brings back the haunting French Revolution with the sound of the dead Marie Antoinette's voice, who laments her own beheading. Then, Corigliano challenges himself to a guitar concerto that brings back the innocence of youth by combining his own composition with just three notes taken from the original music of the Troubadours.
Corigliano describes the sound of the Mannheim Rocket, made famous by the Mannheim Orchestra. The Mannheim Rocket is characterized by a sound that rises slowly, growing louder and louder until it reaches a climax and begins to descend and crash.
Corigliano has won a Pulitzer Prize and an Oscar. He earned the Pulitzer for his second symphony. He later wrote a score for "The Red Violin," a film directed by Francois Girard, in the style that his father would have liked to play. Look out for more from Corigliano.
Corigliano: The Mannheim Rocket
Corigliano: Symphony No. 2, IV & V
Corigliano: The Red Violin: Chaconne for Violin and Orchestra
Philharmonia Orchestra/Salonen; Bell, v.