Host Bill McGlaughlin takes a look at novelists who have drawn their plots around great music.
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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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Monday, February 24, 2014
Host Bill McGlaughlin looks at the worlds of Frederick Delius and Gustav Holst.
Monday, February 17, 2014
Host Bill McGlaughlin concludes his series on the life and times of Dimitri Shostakovich.
Monday, February 10, 2014
One of the most celebrated composers in the 20th century, Shostakovich forged a musical language of colossal emotional power. This week will be the first half of a two-part series exploring the life and times of this fascinating composer.
Monday, February 03, 2014
Host Bill McGlaughlin delves into the rich musical history of Hungary, starting with ancient sacred music and working his way through Liszt, Kodaly, Bartók and Hungarian gypsy music.
Monday, January 27, 2014
Host Bill McGlaughlin spends a second week exploring the music of Beethoven in a program he calls "Beethoven at Parnassus."
Monday, January 20, 2014
Host Bill McGlaughlin spends the week exploring the music of Beethoven in a program he calls "Beethoven at Parnassus."
Monday, January 13, 2014
Ready your passport. Host Bill McGlaughlin travels to merrie, old England. McGlaughlin is tyour guide and this is one journey where the sounds are more important than the sights.
Monday, January 06, 2014
Host Bill McGlaughlin continues to dig further into Johannes Brahms' musical aspirations, as well as uncovering Brahms' relationship with Clara and discovering ragtime American pianists.
Monday, December 30, 2013
The first of a two-week biography exploring the music and life of the great German master Johannes Brahms, including his formative years as a pianist, meeting the Schumanns, the symphonies, his late works for clarinet and more.
Monday, December 23, 2013
Host Bill McGlaughlin explores Bach’s Christmas Oratorio.
Monday, December 16, 2013
Host Bill McGlaughlin explores Christmas music from "Merrie England."
Monday, December 09, 2013
On this edition of Exploring Music, host Bill McGlaughlin examines some works that are absolutely fantastic, as fantastic as the pieces we hear all the time, but not played as often as the pieces we always hear. Guides to finding some of this hidden treasure come from the experts at WFMT, who have a rich wealth of knowledge when it comes to finding buried musical treasure.
Monday, December 02, 2013
Host Bill McGlaughlin ascends some of the most colossal musical mountains in existence: works like Schoenberg’s Gurrelieder and Havergal Brian’s Gothic Symphony that are, usually, too big to program on Exploring Music.
Monday, November 25, 2013
Host Bill McGlaughlin spends a week devoted to Mozart's final years. He explores a stream of masterpieces, including The Marriage of Figaro, Don Giovanni, the final symphonies and piano concertos, and his unfinished Requiem.
Monday, November 18, 2013
Mozart gets the boot from the Archbishop as a Salzburg court musician and moves to Vienna.
Monday, November 11, 2013
Mozart seizes an almost non-existent genre, the piano concerto, and elevates it to one of the most revered and popular musical forms.
Monday, November 04, 2013
Host Bill McGlaughlin examines two great composers of the 18th century — Haydn and Mozart — who were both masters of string quartets. The two men worked separately until eventually they met and joined forces in a way.
Monday, October 28, 2013
Darkness descends on Exploring Music as host Bill McGlaughlin investigates composers' fascination with ghosts, goblins, Mephistopheles and other phantasmagoria.
Monday, October 21, 2013
This week, host Bill McGlaughlin explores some of the glorious music written for flute, clarinet, oboe, horn and bassoon.
Monday, October 14, 2013
Host Bill McGlaughlin launches into a second week exploring the music of Giuseppe Verdi.