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, April 13, 2015 Edit This

Under the Hood, Part I

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.

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.


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.



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.


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.



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.


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.


Clash of the Titans

Monday, February 02, 2015

Host Bill McGlaughlin dedicates this week to the recordings of Leopold Stokowski and Arturo Toscanini.

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Mozart: Bright Lights, Big City

Monday, January 26, 2015

Host Bill McGlaughlin explores Mozart's transition from his hometown of Salzburg to the music capital of Vienna.


Game of Pairs, Part II

Monday, January 19, 2015

Host Bill McGlaughlin continues his look at famous teams in classical music.


Game of Pairs, Part I

Monday, January 12, 2015

Haydn and Beethoven, Schumann and Brahms, Copland and Bernstein, these are just a few of the legendary artistic partnerships that have changed the course of musical history.


Tchaikovsky, Part II

Monday, January 05, 2015

This week host Bill McGlaughlin continues his exploration of the world and music of the great Russian Romantic, focusing on the latter part of his life.

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Tchaikovsky, Part I

Monday, December 29, 2014

This week host Bill McGlaughlin explores the world and music of the great Russian Romantic, including his symphonies, ballets and life at the Moscow Conservatory.


Holiday Celebration

Monday, December 22, 2014

All around the world, winter holidays of a wide variety are celebrated, and their music is wonderful to listen to regardless of which one you celebrate.

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Beethoven Quartets

Monday, December 15, 2014

This week on Exploring Music, host Bill McGlaughlin traces the life of Beethoven through his string quartets, analyzing key movements in this magnificent body of chamber music.


Music For the Viola

Monday, December 08, 2014

Host Bill McGlaughlin spends this week exploring music written for the viola.


Incidentally Speaking

Monday, December 01, 2014

Bill McGlaughlin spends this week exploring the sounds of incidental music, written for theatre, ballet, and other staged works where the dramatic action was enhanced through music.


Bach's Christmas Oratorio

Monday, November 24, 2014

An exploration of the six cantatas, premiered at Leipzig’s St. Thomas and St. Nicholas Churches in 1734, that mark the period from Christmas to Epiphany.