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2004 Archive

 

December


December 27 - 31, 2004

Child's Play –  In hundreds of years of music-making, childhood remains an inexhaustible inspiration. This week, we’ll hear how composers from Purcell to Prokofiev were influenced by the creative energy of youth.

 

December 20 - 24, 2004

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 13 - 17, 2004

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 6 - 10, 2004

Igor Stravinsky – By his early thirties, Igor Stravinsky had captured the world stage with The Firebird, dazzled audiences with Petrushka and incited riots with The Rite of Spring.  Before the First World War, he had earned his place as a seminal figure of the 20th century.  We’ll explore this fascinating life and sample his works.


November


 

November 29 - December 3, 2004

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 22 - 26, 2004

Family Matters: All in the Family – Musicians, are like that proverbial apple, they too do not fall far from the tree. With musicians marry musicians their children are bound to be musical. This week features composers and their kin, including the Bachs, Scarlattis, Schumanns and others.

 

November 15- 19, 2004

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.

 

November 8 - 12, 2004

Ralph Vaughan-Williams – Composer of nine masterful symphonies, editor of the English Hymnal, an ambulance driver in WWI and great-nephew to Charles Darwin, Ralph Vaughan Williams was a prolific and intriguing figure who was at the vanguard of English music in the early 20th century.  This week, we'll look at his life and sample his music.

 

November 1 - 5, 2004

I Hear America Singing – As our nation turns our minds and hearts to vote we here at Exploring Music celebrate America's unique voice in music. Bill takes on the music and poetry of America, from Walt Whitman to Aaron Copland.


October


 

October 25 - 29, 2004

Russian Five: The Mighty Handful – Five prominent composers; Balakirev, Mussorgsky, Cui, Borodin, and Rimsky-Korsakov all worked to help form the Russian National School of Composers, which later was named The New Russian School. These five composers, led by Mily Balakirev, all lived in Saint Petersburg and collaborated from 1856 to 1870. Throughout these programs Bill will research each of these composers and demonstrate some of their most prominent works.

 

October 18 - 22, 2004

Water Music – In the 5th Century BC, water was classified as one of the four essential elements.  Over the centuries artists, poets, philosophers and composers have returned again and again to the mysteries of water for inspiration. This week, we’ll focus on Water Music with works by Vaughan Williams, Mahler, Debussy and (of course) Handel.

 

October 11 - 15, 2004

Nationalism – Nationalism on its own is a dangerous force, but it has led to a number of wonderful bits of music. This edition of Exploring Music examines what happens when a powerful pride in national identity winds its way into a composer's head.

 

October 4 - 8, 2004

Mozart: Bright Lights, Big City – Mozart gets the boot from the Archbishop and moves from his hometown of Salzburg to the music capital of Vienna. This cosmopolitan world opened Mozart’s eyes and ears to a creative world that he expresses so beautifully in his music.


September


 

September 27 - October 4, 2004

Hidden Gold, Part I – On this edition of Exploring Music, we examine some works that are absolutely fantastic - every bit as fantastic as the pieces we hear all the time - but relatively unknown by comparison. Guides to finding some of this hidden treasure are the on-air hosts at WFMT, who have a rich wealth of knowledge when it comes to unearthing musical gold.

 

September 20 - 24, 2004

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.

 

September 13 - 17, 2004

Haydn Symphonies – Dear old Papa Haydn, as he was known in 18th century Vienna, was a fatherly figure to the finest musicians of his day.  He is also the father of the symphonic form.  This week we’ll sample some of his 104 symphonies, following their development from modest orchestral pieces to expressions of wit, humor, and drama.

 

September 6 - 10, 2004

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.


August


 

August 30 - September 3, 2004

Pastoral Symphonies – The show will feature music inspired by bucolic nature scenes, including Pastoral symphonies by Beethoven and Vaughan Williams, and R. Strauss’ Alpine Symphony.  We’ll also feature readings of the American naturalist John Muir.

 

August 23 - 27, 2004

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.

 

August 16 - 20, 2004

Bach to Beethoven? – Exactly 100 years separates Bach’s B Minor Mass and Beethoven’s Choral Symphony – crowning achievements of two very distinct voices.  This week, we’ll journey through Italy, France, Germany, and England, tracing inspirations in harmony, rhythm, orchestration and form.

 

August 9 - 13, 2004

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.

 

August 2 - 6, 2004

Invitation to the Dance, Part II – This week, we’ll focus on ballet music by Tchaikovsky, Stravinsky, Schubert – even Beethoven! On Wednesday’s program alone we will dance to Bartok’s Miraculous Mandarin Suite and The Wooden Prince, Tchaikovsky’s Sleeping Beauty, and a charming suite of dances from Manuel de Falla’s Three-Cornered Hat.


July


 

July 26 - 30, 2004

John Corigliano – 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).

 

July 19 - 23, 2004

Schubertiade, Part I – What a scene in Vienna:  business owners, intellectuals and scholars offering their home for a concert, a meal, a place to sleep or a room with a piano—all to support the friend they loved and admired, Franz Schubert.  It was a Bohemian life, rich with music and conversation.  This week, we’ll dip into those legendary house concerts for an enchanting week of chamber music.

 

July 12 - 16, 2004

Under the Hood, Part I – How does this thing work?  For some of us, the inner workings of a symphony are as inscrutable as the engine of an automobile is to others.  Bill McGlaughlin lifts the “bonnet” or hood on a handful of symphonies to explore the mechanics of large-scale compositions. Join us as we take a closer look at works by Mozart, Beethoven, Brahms, Tchaikovsky and Sibelius.

 

July 5 - 9, 2004

Invitation to the Dance, Part I – Which came first, the composition or the dance? Can we even pull them apart? It’s hard to say, but this week we’ll follow the dance through solo works, the opera, and the symphony.  Highlights include music by Bach, Beethoven and Mahler.


June


 

June 28 - July 2, 2004

Hidden Gold, Part I – On this edition of Exploring Music, we examine some works that are absolutely fantastic - every bit as fantastic as the pieces we hear all the time - but relatively unknown by comparison. Guides to finding some of this hidden treasure are the on-air hosts at WFMT, who have a rich wealth of knowledge when it comes to unearthing musical gold.

 

June 21 - 25, 2004

Clowning Around – This week's focus is musical buffoonery!  Music is a language, and like all others it has its jokes, witticisms, and puns. For composers, clowning around with music takes the same skills as writing a great symphony. And, these fun, charming works show the genius of the composers who have written them.

 

June 14 - 18, 2004

España – Bill takes on the confluence of cultures, languages and terrains that comprise the country of Spain. Starting with religious music of early Spain during a time in which Islam, Judaism and Christianity existed side by side to 1492, when the Jews and Moors of Spain were forced out. Then we continue through the next 400 hundred years and this week concludes with music from present day Spain.

 

June 7 - 11, 2004

Soundtracks – Since the beginning of cinematography classical music has been there to enhance the narrative and drama of the silver screen. For the next five days we will listen to the music composed for the films ET, Zorba the Greek, and Robin Hood plus many more great musical scores.


May


 

May 31 - June 4, 2004

Leonard Bernstein – On this edition of Exploring Music, we focus on the works of Leonard Bernstein, the great American composer, conductor, author, music lecturer and pianist. We will enjoy his unique contributions to our American sounds; West Side Story, Candide, sonatas, symphonies, and more!

 

May 24 - 28, 2004

Get the Picture? – Begin hearing your way through plenty of famous paintings and poems. Listen to self-portraits of visual artists like Francisco Goya, through his own fingerings on the guitar. Music inspired by the visual arts, including Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition, Hindemith’s Mathis der Maler, and Rachmaninoff’s Isle of the Dead.

 

May 17 - 21, 2004

Beethoven and that Danged Metronome – This week we’ll celebrate some of the exquisite music written for this “inner voice”. The viola is the middle sister of the stringed instruments, sitting between the violins and the cellos, and playing in a clef written devised just for her.  The viola is often misunderstood and mistaken for a “larger violin” or sometimes either forgotten about or made the butt of jokes. But, the viola sings with a dark richness that composers loved!  Mozart, Brahms, and Dvorak, to name just a few composers, played the viola, and oh, Hindemith did too.  And these composers, plus many more figured out how to let this instrument have her day in the sun with concertos, tone poems, and orchestral solos. Listen and you too will fall in love with this instrument.

 

May 10 - 14, 2004

It Takes Two to Tango – This week, we will explore the world of musical duos. First, we will listen to instruments working in tandem to obtain unexpected performances. Then we will focus on composers who collaborated or worked against each other such as Bach, Beethoven, and Mozart. We’ll also savor the great love duets of Verdi, Puccini, and Wagner. 

 

May 3 - 7, 2004

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.


April


 

April 26 - 30, 2004

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.

 

April 19 - 23, 2004

Venice: The Glories of – Exploring Music focuses on sounds of the city, water, and love in Venice. Bill explores the magical city that inspired music of the late Renaissance, Baroque, and the beginning of Italian opera. From Monteverdi and Orlando di Lasso, Bill includes religious and secular music and continues with two major Venetian influences: Adrian Willaert of Dutch descent and the Roman composer Palestrina. Other composers featured in the week are Gabrieli, Vivaldi, Verdi, and more.

 

April 12 - 16, 2004

Music in Time of War – Pieces inspired by, reacting to, written in memoriam for, or written in protest to war. This week’s program will focus on composers' reactions to armed conflict, including the great War Requiem by Benjamin Britten.  We'll also feature music by Beethoven, Haydn and Shostakovich.

 

April 5 - 9, 2004

Edward Elgar – There’s much more to Edward Elgar than graduation marches and the Enigma Variations. A composer of equally masterful symphonies, oratorios, chamber music, and concertos, he led a renaissance in 20th century England that firmly reestablished the country's musical identity.


March


 

March 29 - April 2, 2004

Pastoral Symphonies – The show will feature music inspired by bucolic nature scenes, including Pastoral symphonies by Beethoven and Vaughan Williams, and R. Strauss’ Alpine Symphony.  We’ll also feature readings of the American naturalist John Muir.

 

March 22 - 26, 2004

Spring is Here – Spring is in the air as we celebrate the coming of flowers and sunshine from under the melting winter ice here on Exploring Music. We will hear Spring from Vivaldi Four Seasons, Beethoven’s Spring Sonata, Strauss, and this time of year can’t be complete without a little rain, so from Chopin, Prelude in D flat, Op. 28 No. 15, or commonly known as “the Raindrop”.

 

March 15 - 19, 2004

Child's Play – In hundreds of years of music-making, childhood remains an inexhaustible inspiration. This week, we’ll hear how composers from Purcell to Prokofiev were influenced by the creative energy of youth.

 

March 8 - 12, 2004

Roaring 20s –  In the 1920s, concert halls rocked with everything from jazz to airplane propellers and radio became a multi-billion dollar industry. Art and literature flowed like bathtub gin.  Sampling music from “The Roaring 20s” in New York, Paris, and Berlin. We’ll start this week in New York with the 1926 Metropolitan Opera premiere of John Alden Carpenter’s ballet Skyscrapers, and end the week in the then-troubled city of Berlin with the early works of Kurt Weill.

 

March 1 - 5, 2004

Aaron Copland – For some, Aaron Copland conjures images of covered wagons and endless frontiers.  For others, he evokes Olympic athletes, astronauts and fallen heroes.  From waves of grain to stars and stripes, Aaron Copland defined the soundtrack to everything American.  This week, we’ll trace his trek from the heart of Brooklyn to the heart of a nation.  Featured works include Appalachian Spring, Rodeo, Fanfare for the Common Man and Billy the Kid.


February


 

February 23 - 27, 2004

Hit or Myth – The Gods must be crazy!  This week, we’ll survey the trials and tribulations of mortals and immortals, brought to life by the likes of Berlioz, Gluck, Handel and more.

 

February 16 - 20, 2004

Haydn Symphonies – Dear old Papa Haydn, as he was known in 18th century Vienna, was a fatherly figure to the finest musicians of his day.  He is also the father of the symphonic form.  This week we’ll sample some of his 104 symphonies, following their development from modest orchestral pieces to expressions of wit, humor, and drama.

 

February 9 - 13, 2004

Invitation to the Dance, Part I – Which came first, the composition or the dance? Can we even pull them apart? It’s hard to say, but this week we’ll follow the dance through solo works, the opera, and the symphony.  Highlights include music by Bach, Beethoven and Mahler.

 

February 2 - 6, 2004

Igor Stravinsky – By his early thirties, Igor Stravinsky had captured the world stage with The Firebird, dazzled audiences with Petrushka and incited riots with The Rite of Spring.  Before the First World War, he had earned his place as a seminal figure of the 20th century.  We’ll explore this fascinating life and sample his works.


January


 

January 26 - 30, 2004

Bach to Beethoven? – Exactly 100 years separates Bach’s B Minor Mass and Beethoven’s Choral Symphony – crowning achievements of two very distinct voices.  This week, we’ll journey through Italy, France, Germany, and England, tracing inspirations in harmony, rhythm, orchestration and form.

 

January 19 - 23, 2004
It Takes Two to Tango – This week, we will explore the world of musical duos. First, we will listen to instruments working in tandem to obtain unexpected performances. Then we will focus on composers who collaborated or worked against each other such as Bach, Beethoven, and Mozart. We’ll also savor the great love duets of Verdi, Puccini, and Wagner.

 

January 12 - 16, 2004

A Little Traveling Music, Please – Wanderers, farewells, and sightseeing; people are always on the go. This week, Bill calls up, “A Little Traveling Music, Please” from the pens of Handel, Smetana, Duke Ellington, and more. Reflections from such travels infuse themselves into their works, as we will discover throughout the week. We will hear selections from Beethoven’s Les Adieux, Schubert’s Die Schöne Mullerin,  and Haydn’s Farewell Symphony.

 

January 5 - 9, 2004

Richard Strauss – Richard 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 both his public and private lives. We end this five-part biography with his four last songs performed by Jessye Norman.

 

December 29, 2003 - January 2, 2004

Venice: The Glories of – Exploring Music focuses on sounds of the city, water, and love in Venice. Bill opens this week with, “Why Venice?”, the magical city that inspired music of the late Renaissance, Baroque, and the beginning of Italian Opera. Monteverdi, Palestrina, Vivaldi, Palestrina and Verdi will be featured.

 
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