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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The Maestro, Part I

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

Dvorák, Tchaikovsky and Borodin

Monday, June 22, 2015

During the 1870s and 1880s, well into the Romantic period, string quartets were falling by the wayside for a lot of composers, but a few managed to slip through the fabric of time.

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Bill's Keepers

Monday, June 15, 2015

This week on Exploring Music, Bill McGlaughlin plays his favorite recordings, those that have found their way into his “Keepers Box.”

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Robert Schumann

Monday, June 08, 2015

Host Bill McGlaughlin explores the biography of the torrid life of one of Germany’s early Romantics, Robert Schumann.

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An Invitation to the Dance, Part II

Monday, June 01, 2015

This week, host Bill McGlaughlin turns his focus to ballet music by Tchaikovsky, Stravinsky, Schubert and even Beethoven.

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Czech Out Those Bohemians

Monday, May 25, 2015

Composers from the lands around the present-day Czech Republic have made an indelible mark on music. This week, host Bill McGlaughlin examines their history and influence.

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The Violin Concerto

Monday, May 18, 2015

This week, host Bill McGlaughlin delves into the rich history of the violin concerto.

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Symphony, Part V

Monday, May 11, 2015

Host Bill McGlaughlin continues his exploration of the concept of a symphony, widely considered the most important form of classical music.

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Fit for a King

Monday, May 04, 2015

This week, host Bill McGlaughlin explores the life of the court composer and the challenge to make music fit for kings.

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Happy Birthday, Prokofiev

Monday, April 27, 2015

Host Bill McGlaughlin explores the life and music of Sergei Prokofiev in celebration of his 120th birthday.

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Voices from the East

Monday, April 20, 2015

This week, host Bill McGlaughlin explores the music of composers who struggled for artistic freedom on both sides of the Iron Curtain.

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Under the Hood, Part I

Monday, April 13, 2015

Host Bill McGlaughlin explores the nuts and bolts of the symphony and takes you under the hood with works by Haydn, Beethoven, Tchaikovsky and more.

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Spring is Here

Monday, April 06, 2015

Spring is in the air Exploring Music this week celebrate the coming of flowers and sunshine from under the melting winter ice. Hear music from Vivaldi, Strauss, Chopin and more.

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Bach's Not-So-Minor B-Minor Mass

Monday, March 30, 2015

On this edition of Exploring Music, we examine Bach's B minor Mass, a not-so-minor masterpiece of tremendous proportions.

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Wunderkinder, Part II

Monday, March 23, 2015

Host Bill McGlaughlin dedicates a second week to child prodigies.

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Wunderkinder

Monday, March 16, 2015

Host Bill McGlaughlin dedicates this week to child prodigies.

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Happy Birthday, Samuel Barber

Monday, March 09, 2015

This week, host Bill McGlaughlin explores the life and oeuvre of one of America's most gifted composers, Samuel Barber.

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I Didn't Know About You

Monday, March 02, 2015

The making of Exploring Music constantly unearths hidden gems and unexpected delights. This week, host Bill McGlaughlin shares some of his own musical discoveries.

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Handel

Monday, February 23, 2015

On this edition of Exploring Music, host Bill McGlaughlin examines the life and music of England’s most celebrated German composer, George Frideric Handel.

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Child's Play

Monday, February 16, 2015

For hundreds of years of music-making, childhood has remained an inspiration. This week host Bill McGlaughlin takes a listen to how composers were influenced by the energy of youth.

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Strings Plus One

Monday, February 09, 2015

On this edition of Exploring Music, host Bill McGlaughlin explores chamber music with lots of great string playing, plus a little extra.

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