December 22 - 26, 2003
Bach Christmas Oratorio – An exploration of the six cantatas performed in Leipzig’s St. Thomas and St. Nicholas churches in December 1734. These six Bach cantatas were written to correspond with the days of the Lutheran church year, and are collectively referred to as the "Christmas Oratorio". We start the week with Cantata No. 1 (For the First Day of Christmas) and we will end with Cantata No. 6 for Epiphany.
December 15 - 19, 2003
A Little Night Music – As we approach the winter solstice the nights grow longer and the moon becomes so bright that the sky seems to sparkle in its glow. Night sounds also become clear and close in the cold winter air. Composers love capturing these sounds and reflecting them in their music. This week, voices fade away into the musical dreams of a winter night.
December 8 - 12, 2003
Variations – Exploring Themes and Variations. In one of his pensees, Pascal says, “That man lives between the abyss of the infinitely large and the abyss of the infinitely small. The voyage of variations leads to the other infinitude, into the infinite diversity of the interior world lying hidden in all things.” Bill leads us on this voyage through a theme and it’s variations.
December 1 - 5, 2003
Hector Berlioz – As one of the developers of the symphonic form, Hector Berlioz lived a life full of drama and color. Born in France to parents with plans for him to become a doctor, he pursued everything but medicine. He wrote: “Beethoven opened before me a new world of music, as Shakespeare had revealed a new universe of poetry.” Join us on this amazing journey following the life of Hector Berlioz through musical selections from works such as Lelio, Romeo and Juliet, and Les Troyens.
November 24 - 28, 2003
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.
November 17 - 21, 2003
Homage – The gift of immortality through the hands of great composers. 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 Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition.
November 10 - 14, 2003
Shakespeare – We’ll sample from the wealth of music inspired by the Bard’s verse, including a suite from Mendelssohn’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” and excerpts from William Walton’s film score to the film “Henry the V”. Bill also finds time to fit in a few different musical interpretations from the timeless legend of Romeo and Juliet.
November 3 - 7, 2003
Antonin Dvorák – A five-part biography on the life of Bohemia’s most celebrated composer. We start with a look at Dvořák's early life and works, as well as music from one of Dvořák's first influences, Bedřich Smetana, and continue with his travels to America where he helped define our early musical identity.We will hear works such as Symphony No. 7, Requiem, and New World Symphony.
October 27 - 31, 2003
Autumnal Masterpieces – Mature composers often discover ways to enhance their defined voices and styles that create entirely new sounds. Both Mozart and Brahms fell in love with the clarinet late in their lives and created unparalleled masterpieces. Some of Brahms’s music even gives the impression that the clarinet gave a new purpose to his art. This week will evoke feelings of sadness, but only because these great artists are creating their final works and taking their last bows.
October 20 - 24, 2003
Beethoven Quartets – This week on Exploring Music, we’ll be tracing the life of Ludwig van Beethoven through his string quartets and analyzing key movements in this magnificent body of chamber music. We’ll take a tour through all 16 quartets; his early, middle, and late quartets plus the story behind his stand alone Grosse Fuga.
October 13 - 17, 2003
Maiden Voyages – A composer’s first symphony can bring on the hardest challenges and greatest rewards. This week, we take a look at three composers’ maiden voyages out into deep, musical oceans. Bill explores the trials and tribulations that Haydn, Beethoven, and Mendelssohn experienced while composing their first symphonic works.
October 6 - 10, 2003
Maurice Ravel – This week we are delving into the world of French composer Maurice Ravel. We will explore the many influences that shaped Ravel’s music such as his Spanish and Russian heritage, WWI, and his affinity for late night Parisian Jazz parties in the roaring 20’s. Some works featured in this program include Le Tombeau de Couperin, Boléro, and Rapsodie espagnole.