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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Latest Episode / Monday, May 30, 2016 Edit This

Keyboard Smorgasbord

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

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.


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.


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. 


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.


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.


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.


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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Portraits in Black, Brown and Beige, Part I

Monday, February 22, 2016

Bill McGlaughlin embarks on the first of two weeks exploring the music of African-American composers and performers.

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Rimsky-Korsakov and His Pupils

Monday, February 15, 2016

Bill McGlaughlin explores the work of the great Russian composer Rimsky-Korsakov and his lasting influence throughout the week.

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Music Inspired by Love

Monday, February 08, 2016

Just in time for Valentine's Day, host Bill McGlaughlin gets in the mood with music inspired by love.


Mendelssohn, Schumann and Brahms String Quartets

Monday, February 01, 2016

Host Bill McGlaughlin spends this week exploring the romantic string quartets of Mendelssohn, Schumann and Brahms.


Schubertiade, Part I

Monday, January 25, 2016

Bill McGlaughlin spends this week exploring the 19th century Viennese house parties celebrating Franz Schubert known as Schubertiades.


American Masters, Part II

Monday, January 18, 2016

Host Bill McGlaughlin spends this week exploring the music of American masters who began working in the first half of the 20th century.

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The Symphony, Part II

Monday, January 11, 2016

Host Bill McGlaughlin spends this week examining the concept of the symphony, widely considered the most important form of classical music.


The Music of Respighi

Monday, January 04, 2016

Host Bill McGlaughlin examines Ottorino Respighi, a Bolognese composer who proved that Italian composers could write great symphonic works in addition to operas.

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