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.

Produced by

Contact Exploring Music: comments@exploringmusic.org

Latest Episode / Monday, February 08, 2016 Edit This

Music Inspired by Love

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.

Comment

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.

Comment

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.

Comments [1]

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.

Comment

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.

Comment

Invitation to the Dance, Part I

Monday, December 28, 2015

Guaranteed to you get you tapping your toes, this first of a two part series examines how composers translated dances into symphonies.

Comment

The Spanish School

Monday, December 21, 2015

From the guitar to the piano and everywhere in between, this week is dedicated to Spain's rich musical lineage.

Comment

The Final Symphonies

Monday, December 14, 2015

Host Bill McGlaughlin spends this week reflecting on the ninth and final symphonies of composers such as Beethoven, Schubert, Bruckner, Mahler and more.

Comment

Berlioz's Life

Monday, December 07, 2015

Bill McGlaughlin spends this week offering a radio biography of Hector Berlioz.

Comments [2]

An Intelligent Conversation: String Quartets

Monday, November 30, 2015

Goethe likened string quartets to a musical conversation, providing the inspiration for this week's title. Bill McGlaughlin spends a week exploring the high art of the string quartet.

Comment

Director's Choice

Monday, November 23, 2015

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

Comment

Hindemith's Life

Monday, November 16, 2015

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

Comment

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.

Comments [2]

Franz Liszt

Monday, November 02, 2015

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

Comment

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.

Comment

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.

Comment

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.

Comment

New Releases

Monday, October 05, 2015

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

Comment

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.

Comments [1]

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."

Comment