January 25, 1909: The Premiere of Elektra

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Richard Strauss’s Electra is perhaps the only piece from the days of early modernism that retains its ability to shock today. Find out why on tonight's episode.

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May 6, 1889: The Opening of the Exposition Universelle in Paris

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

The Exposition Universelle was where Debussy first heard gamelan music, and “world” music became a part of Western classical language. Hear why that event was so influential on subsequent generations of composers, tonight at 10 pm.

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August 13, 1876: The First-Ever 'Ring' Cycle at Bayreuth

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

The past year has seen the debuts of three major productions of Wagner's "Ring" Cycle -- in New York, Los Angeles and San Francisco. Tonight at 10 pm: the appeal and danger of Wagner’s full-immersion mythology and why the composer was so important.

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April 7, 1805: The First Performance of Beethoven’s Eroica

Tuesday, July 05, 2011

Beethoven’s Symphony No. 3 changed our idea of what music could express. Instead of classical form and rarified beauty, this symphony lays out the full range of human feelings. Hear why tonight at 10 pm.

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