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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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Mozart Piano Concertos
This week we will explore Mozart’s piano concerti and all of the relationships that influenced him, especially his one with Johann Christian Bach. While exploring various sounds, the teenage Mozart was so heavily inspired by J.C. Bach's writing that he made it his own. Bach and Mozart bonded over music, as well as over tricky keyboard games.
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart breaks a concerto tradition in "Jeunehomme" with his placement of a piano solo near the opening of the piece. Mozart wrote - literally - a countless number of concertos, many of which are sprightly and elegant to the ear, even at the fingers of an eight-year-old. While exploring various sounds into his teens, Mozart was heavily insipired by Johann Christian Bach's writing, that he renovated it to become his own. Bach and Mozart bonded over music, as well as over tricky keyboard games.
Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 1 in D Major, I & III
English Chamber Orchestra/Perahia; Perahia, p.
Schröter: Piano Concerto Op. 3, No. 3, III
English Chamber Orchestra/Perahia, p.
Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 5 in D Major, K. 175, I & III
Academy of St. Martin in the Fields/Marriner; Brendel, p.
Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 9 in Eb Major, Jeunehomme
Academy of Ancient Music/Hogwood; R. Levin, fpno.
"We never get to bed before one o'clock," said Leopold Mozart, Mozart's father. In an effort to earn extra income, Mozart taught pupils and when he didn't have pupils, he devoted his time to writing and concerts. One of Mozart's inspirations was his pupil, Barbara Ployer, for whom he wrote the great concerto in G Major sampled here. But pupils were not the only ones learning Mozart's concertos. Mozart wrote and dedicated a poem to a starling who sang the last movement of this piece.
Mozart: Wind Serenade K. 361, Adagio
Mozart: Piano Concerto in Bb Major, K. 450, I
Academy of St. Martin in the Fields/Marriner; Brendel, p.
Phi 412856-2 (10) or Phi 446921-2 (5)
Mozart: Piano Concerto in G Major, K. 453
Chamber Orchestra of Europe/Abbado; M. João Pires, p.
Mozart: The Magic Flute (excerpt)
Here, Bill introduces you to the dark side of Mozart. Though Mozart is reputable for his light sounds, he begins explores the darker side of his uplifting music. Mozart is known for his use of the D-minor key, which he implements heavily in his concerto for the opera, "Don Giovanni:" what Mozart classified a tragic comedy. A combination of the romanza and a feeling of anxiety created by the strings and keys causes listeners to experience a fluctuation of emotions.
Mozart: Don Giovanni, overture
Chamber Orchestra of Europe/Abbado
Mozart: Piano Concerto in D minor, K. 466
Columbia Symphony/Szell; R. Serkin, p.
Mozart: Piano Concerto in C Major, K. 467 (excerpt)
Cleveland Orch./Szell; R. Casadesus p.
CBS MYK-38523 or Sony 67178
Mozart breaks the rules again in these excerpts, by attributing wind instruments to his orchestra, for the "Piano Concerto in Eb Major, K. 482," and takes his time in introducing the pianist to the piece. Although clarinets were considered distasteful to the orchestra at the time, Mozart is inspired to use them by a meeting with two clarinetists, the Stadler brothers. Bill identifies the various instruments with images of darkness, hunting, death and once again, lightness. Mozart experiments with the rhythm from Sicily, siciliana, and maintains this melancholy tone in his "Piano Concerto in A Major, No. 23, K. 488," played by Vladimir Horowitz, to forever conclude Mozart's use of the minor key.
"The sun won't always shine," Bill says as though speaking on behalf of the strings in "Piano Concerto in Eb Major, K. 482."
Mozart continues creating a duality between the dark and the light, caused by his combination of the minor key with the major. Again, Bill refers to this change in key across compositions as an onslaught of intellectual sunlight. This blithe approach is apparent in Mozart's "Coronation," which he performed at the coronation ceremony of Emperor Leopold II in 1790, as well as at other European festivities. He reads a letter from Mozart to his wife shortly before his death, juxtaposing the calmness in his final concerto, "No. 27 in Bb Major, K. 595, I," written around the same time.
Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 24 in C minor, K. 491, I
Cleveland Orch./Szell; R. Casadesus p.
Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 25 in C Major, K. 503, I
Orpheus Chamber Ensemble; Goode, p.
Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 26, K. 537, Coronation, II
English Chamber Orchestra/Davis; de Larrocha, p.
Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 27 in Bb Major, K. 595, I
English Chamber Orchestra/Uchida; Uchida, p.