Exploring Music is heard weekday evenings at 8 on Classical 88.7-1. These are each week's program themes.
August 27, 2012
A celebration of young composers and performers.
September 3, 2012
Czech out those Bohemians
Composers from the lands around the present-day Czech Republic have made an indelible mark on music – we’ll examine their history and influence, from medieval times to the present.
September 10, 2012
“Every town in the United States had a five-and-dime and a Boulanger student," Virgil Thomson once said, and he wasn't far off. Nadia Boulanger taught and influenced an entire generation of musicians, from Aaron Copland and Ástor Piazzolla to Philip Glass and Quincy Jones, and this week we'll hear some of her compositions and performances alongside those of her prolific students.
September 17, 2012
Mozart Piano Concertos
Mozart seizes an almost non-existent genre and elevates it to one of the most revered and popular musical forms.
September 24, 2012
The Game of Pairs, Part I
Haydn and Beethoven, Schumann and Brahms, Copland and Bernstein- these are just a few of the legendary artistic partnerships that have changed the course of musical history. With a tip of the hat to Bartók, we'll listen to some of the music that resulted from these illustrious collaborations and connections.
October 1, 2012
The Game of Pairs, Part II
Our two-week series focusing on legendary partnerships between composers continues.
October 8, 2012
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.
October 15, 2012
This week we delight in music inspired by nature, including the Pastoral symphony by Beethoven, Berlioz's Harold in Italy and Richard Strauss’ Alpine Symphony. We’ll also feature readings of texts by John Muir.
October 22, 2012
Works inspired by sights, sounds and smells of the world at summer’s end, including selections by Vivaldi, Piazzola, Delius and Schubert. Note- Please substitute Spring for southern hemisphere
October 29, 2012
Dvorák, Tchaikovsky and Borodin String Quartets
Our multiple-part series tracing the evolution of the string quartet continues with magnificent works from Antonin Dvorák, Pyotr Tchaikovsky and Alexander Borodin.