Exploring Music

Airs weeknights at 11 pm on WQXR.

➾ Exploring Music playlist and episode information

Exploring Music with Bill McGlaughlin is an exciting weekday program that delves into a wide assortment of topics in classical music. Each weekly series builds off a single theme ranging from composer biographies to explorations of various cultures, musical styles and time periods.

Throughout this journey, McGlaughlin guides the listener deep into the music with care and enthusiasm by giving historical context, illustrations at the piano that provides special insight into the music. McGlaughlin truly makes exploring music fun.

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Latest Episode / Monday, August 15, 2016 Edit This

Under the Hood, Part 2

This week, Exploring Music dives into the mechanics of orchestral masterpieces to figure out what makes them so great. Host Bill McGlaughlin delves into works from Haydn to Sibelius.

Wind Quintets

Monday, August 08, 2016

This week on Exploring Music, Bill McGlaughlin delves into works written for flute, clarinet, oboe, horn and bassoon, devoting one day to each instrument.

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Ports of Call, Part 2

Monday, August 01, 2016

This week, Exploring Music continues its survey of music inspired by locations both near to home and abroad.

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Ports of Call

Monday, July 25, 2016

This week, Bill McGlaughlin surveys the transporting music that whisks us away to far off places from Alpine peaks to the Amazonian jungles.

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The Roaring Twenties

Monday, July 04, 2016

This week on Exploring Music, Bill McGlaughlin surveys the rollicking music that was created and heard in New York, Paris and Berlin from 1920 to 1929.

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The Life of Anton Bruckner

Monday, June 20, 2016

This week on Exploring Music, host Bill McGlaughlin profiles the life and music of Austrian composer Anton Bruckner.

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A Green and Pleasant Land

Monday, June 13, 2016

This week on Exploring Music, host Bill McGlaughlin looks at the trove of compositions inspired by the pastoral landscapes of the British Isles.

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Carl Nielsen, Denmark's Famous Composer

Monday, June 06, 2016

This week on Exploring Music, host Bill McGlaughlin goes through the catalog of the original and compelling Danish composer, Carl Nielsen.

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Keyboard Smorgasbord

Monday, May 30, 2016

This week on Exploring Music, host Bill McGlaughlin traces the evolution of the keyboard from ancient Greece through contemporary instruments. 

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Pastoral Symphonies

Monday, May 23, 2016

This week, Bill McGlaughlin celebrates nature with works inspired by the great outdoors — from alpine landscapes to the English moors — and of course, Beethoven's Sixth Symphony.

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I Hear a Rhapsody

Monday, May 09, 2016

This week on Exploring Music, Bill McGlaughlin follows the whimsical nature of rhapsodies through composers from Rachmaninoff to Gershwin.

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The Symphony, Part VIII

Monday, May 02, 2016

This week on Exploring Music, Bill McGlaughlin examines the symphonic output of three figures: Igor Stravinsky, Ralph Vaughan Williams and Sergei Prokofiev.

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Orpheus in the New World

Monday, April 25, 2016

This week on Exploring Music Bill McGlaughlin surveys 20th- and 21st-century landscape of American music, featuring composers from Amy Beach to John Adams.

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Music Inspired by Shakespeare

Monday, April 18, 2016

This week on Exploring Music, Bill McGlaughlin honors the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare's death by looking at the wealth of music he inspired. 

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Music of Scandinavia

Monday, April 11, 2016

This week on Exploring Music, Bill McGlaughlin tours the harmonic output from Europe northern reaches, featuring works by Sibelius, Grieg, as well as lesser known composers.

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All in the Symphonic Family

Monday, April 04, 2016

This week on Exploring Music, Bill McGlaughlin looks at the various families trees of instruments within the symphonic tribe.

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Clowning Around the Classical Repertoire

Monday, March 28, 2016

To usher in April Fool's Day, Bill McGlaughlin looks at humor embedded in classical music this week on Exploring Music.

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Symphonies that Slipped Through the Cracks

Monday, March 21, 2016

This week on Exploring Music, Bill McGlaughlin shines a light on lesser-known masterworks that for some reason didn't become part of the standard repertory.

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Autumnal Masterpieces

Monday, March 14, 2016

This week, Bill McGlaughlin explores the rich and varied masterworks composers have written toward the end of their lives. 

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Beethoven and the Piano

Monday, March 07, 2016

This week, Exploring Music looks at the legacy of Beethoven's five piano concertos, as well as some of his more intimate works for the instrument. 

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Portraits in Black, Brown and Beige, Part II

Monday, February 29, 2016

Bill McGlaughin delves into the second-half of his two-week exploration of African-American composers and performers, from the beginnings of blues to contemporary musicians .

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