- Program List
Below are many of the more than 200 five-hour 'weeks' of Exploring Music that have been created since 2003. 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.
AACTIVE 3/1 - 3/14 Ravel, MauriceAmerican 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 BeethovenBach'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 IBrahms, Johannes, Part IIBritten, Benjamin Bruckner, Anton CCall for ScoresCarnegie Hall, Part 1Carnegie Hall, Part 2Cello 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, LeonFour 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 PictureGitana: Gypsy Music and Its InfluencesGreen and Pleasant Land Grieg and SibeliusHHandel, George FridericHaydn and Mozart QuartetsHaydn SymphoniesHidden Gold, Part IHHidden 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 SingingI 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 TangoIt 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 IMahler, Gustav, Part IIMaiden Voyages Martha Graham and her MusicMendelssohn, FelixMendelssohn, Schumann and Brahms String QuartetsMerrie EnglandMillennium of Women in MusicMozart 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 BoundPPacific Overtures, Part 1Pacific Overtures, Part 2Pastoral 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 Songs of PartingSounds 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 10 (Alexander Scriabin to Samuel Barber)Symphony, Part 11Symphony, Part 12TTchaikovsky, Peter, Part ITchaikovsky, 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, Part IWunderkinder, Part IIYYin and Yang: The Play of Opposites, Part 1Yin and Yang: The Play of Opposites, Part 2You and the Night and the Music
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- About Exploring Music
Surveying the history of music in Hungary. Hungary was settled by the Magyars in the late 9th century and in 1000 became a state. After adopting Latin Christianity in the 11th century, the country’s rich musical heritage of church music started: Gregorian plainchants, and later in the Middle Ages with fully realized polyphonic singing. Bill picks it up from there with the blending of religious music and ethnic folksongs from the countryside, reflected in the music of Liszt, Kodály, and Bartók. And let’s not forget the influences of Hungarian gypsy music and Transylvanian dances.
On Monday, Bill unearths music from the Renaissance, and we finish the show knowing a little bit more about Hungarian royalty and linguistics than we did at the start.
Trad.: The Beginnings of Polyphonic Church Music in Hungary
Trad.: Music from the Court of King Matthias (excerpt)
Rózsavölgi: Csardas (excerpts)
1:28, :33, 1:48
Bakfark: Fantasia & Galliard for Lute
Trad.: Dances from the Vietoris Book of Tablature
Trad.: Three Litanies from Janos Kajoni’s Missal
Trad. Dances fr. a Pozsony Manuscript
Csermák: Vaterlandsliebe (excerpt)
Esterházy: Harmonia Caelestis (excerpts)
Trad: Hajdu Song & Dance
On Tuesday, Bill may not be able to speak Hungarian, but he sure can find a lot of beautiful music and interesting anecdotes from those magnificent Magyars.
Haydn: Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No. 11, III
Norwegian Chamber Orchestra
Csermák: Vaterlandsliebe (excerpts)
Rózsavölgi: Three Csdárás
Berlioz: Rákóczy March fr. The Damnation of Faust
Erkel: Bánk Bán (excerpts)
2:58, 7:27, 4:42
Liszt: Hungarian Rhapsody No. 9: Carnival in Pest
On Wednesday, Liszt shares his thoughts on his Hungarian Rhapsody and we sample some opera from this week’s country of choice.
Liszt: Hungarian Rhapsody No. 1 in f minor
Erkel: Hunyadi Laszló (excerpts)
Hungarian State Opera Orchestra & Chorus
Joachim: Violin Concerto No. 2, In the Hungarian Style, III
CSO/Kalmar; Barton Pine, v.
Brahms: Violin Concerto in D Major, Op. 77, finale
CSO/Kalmar; Barton Pine, v.
Brahms: Quartet for Piano and Strings No. 1 in g minor, Op. 25, IV (excerpt)
Kremer, v.; Bashmet, vla.; Argerich, p.; Maisky, vc.
On Thursday, a very famous widow is merry and Sofie Von Otter drinks some Hungarian wine on a Sunday among other things.
Lehár: Waltz fr. The Merry Widow
Lehár: Hungarian Fantasy, Op.. 45
Cincinnati Pops/Kunzel; McDuffie, v.
Bartók: Kossuth, Sz. 21 (excerpt)
Budapest Festival Orch/Fisher
Kodály: “Youth is Like a Falcon”, “The Price of Wine on Mohovce Hill” & “Little Apple Fell Into the Mud”
Von Otter, ms.; Forsberg, p.
Kodály: Three Hungarian Folksongs
Oistrakh, v.; Ginsburg, p.
Kodály: Dances of Galanta
Kodály: “Drinking Wine on a Sunday
Von Otter, ms.; Forsberg, p.
On Friday, we finish our final inning of Hungarian music with Ligeti and take a trip to Transylvania.
Weiner: Divertimento, Op. 20 No. 5: Csürdöngölo
Bartók: Concerto for Two Pianos, Percussion & Orchestra, III
Concerto for Two Pianos, Percussion & Orchestra, III
Argerich,p; Freiere, p.
Veress: Lassu fr. Four Transylvanian Dances
Ligeti: Four Wedding Dances
Philharmonia Orch & King’s Singers members
Ligeti: Six Bagatelles for Wind Quintet (excerpts)
Kodály: Háry János Suite
Williams: Excerpt from Close Encounters of the 3rd Kind