Exploring Music

Airs weeknights at 11 pm on WQXR.

Throughout this journey, Bill McGlaughlin guides the listener deep into the music with care and enthusiasm by giving historical context, illustrations at the piano and providing a special insight that only a top-notch musician, conductor, broadcaster, and composer could. Whether 90 or 9, professional musician or simply a music lover, Bill McGlaughlin truly makes exploring music fun.

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Director's Choice

Host Bill McGlaughlin spends a week sharing recommendations from program and music directors from radio stations around the world.

Hindemith's Life

Monday, November 16, 2015

This week host Bill McGlaughlin samples Paul Hindemith's compositions and follows his controversial life.


The Symphony, Part III

Monday, November 09, 2015

This week brings part three in host Bill McGlaughlin's continuing series on that most revered of classical music forms, the symphony.

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Franz Liszt

Monday, November 02, 2015

Host Bill McGlaughlin spends this week listening to Liszt’s music and looking at his life.


Vienna, Part II

Monday, October 26, 2015

Host Bill McGlaughlin dives into the second week of a two-part series exploring the musical heritage of Vienna, Austria.


Vienna, Part I

Monday, October 19, 2015

Host Bill McGlaughlin dives into the first week of a two-part series exploring the musical heritage of Vienna, Austria.


New Releases, Part 2

Monday, October 12, 2015

Bill McGlaughlin digs through boxes of wonderful new recordings by artists ranging from rising stars to established masters and all manner of delightful esoterics in between.


New Releases

Monday, October 05, 2015

Bill McGlaughlin spends this week sharing new releases from the Boston Symphony, Lang Lang, Gustavo Dudamel and more.


Cello Concertos

Monday, September 28, 2015

This week host Bill McGlaughlin explores some of the great works written for the cello and the musicians that made them famous.

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An American Original

Monday, September 21, 2015

Join host Bill McGlaughlin for a week-long look at the life and soulful music of George Gershwin, including his "Rhapsody in Blue," "An American in Paris" and "Porgy and Bess."


Tone Poems

Monday, September 14, 2015

In a literal case of art imitating life, in tone poems symphonic music is freed from its traditional structures and takes a programmatic turn.


The Ballad of East and West

Monday, September 07, 2015

Borrowing the title from the Rudyard Kipling poem "The Ballad of East and West," host Bill McGlaughlin spends this week exploring the music of Asia.


Music Of the Roma

Monday, August 31, 2015

As the Roma journeyed through Europe and beyond, the native music and that of these travelers combined to create an energetic and exotic confluence. We'l samples some of this music.


School Days

Monday, August 24, 2015

The energy behind the start of a new school year inspires a week dedicated to children's songs and young composers and performers.

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Yhe Life and Music of Camille Saint-Saens

Monday, August 17, 2015

This week host Bill McGlaughlin explores the life, compositions and influence of Camille Saint-Saëns.


American Masters, Part V

Monday, August 10, 2015

Host Bill McGlaughlin spends this week exploring American composers.


A Little Traveling Music, Please

Monday, August 03, 2015

This week, host Bill McGlaughlin calls up "A Little Traveling Music" from the pens of Handel, Smetana, Duke Ellington and more.


Maurice Ravel

Monday, July 27, 2015

This week, host Bill McGlaughlin presents a five-part biography of Maurice Ravel.


Hit or Myth

Monday, July 20, 2015

This week's Exploring Music programs features many takes on music's first superhero, Orpheus. Featuring selections from Monteverdi, Gluck, Berlioz, Purcell, Barber, Debussy and more.


The Maestro, Part II

Monday, July 06, 2015

The second in Bill McGlaughlin's maestro series delves further into the 20th century, featuring the work of conductors William Steinberg, Charles Münch and more.


The Maestro, Part I

Monday, June 29, 2015

The first in Bill McGlaughlin's series covering the maestros, those baton-wielding men who changed the course of music in the 20th century.