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 Big Five, Part I: The New York Philharmonic

Host Bill McGlaughlin explores the music of the “Big Five” American orchestras, starting this week with the New York Philharmonic.

Music of the Children of J.S. Bach

Monday, October 13, 2014

Host Bill McGlaughlin spends this week exploring music by the children of J.S. Bach.

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Monday, October 06, 2014

Host Bill McGlaughlin spends this week exploring classical music from Spain and by Spanish composers.

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Life Among the Dead: Requiem Masses

Monday, September 29, 2014

This week host Bill McGlaughlin ventures into hallowed territory with some of the most profound music in the literature, including requiems by Mozart, Verdi, Berlioz and others.

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String Quartet Composers From Fibich to Sibelius

Monday, September 22, 2014

Bill McGlaughlin spends this week exploring string quartet composers from Fibich to Sibelius.


Autumn Leaves

Monday, September 15, 2014

Works inspired by the sights, sounds and smells of nature at summer’s end, including selections by Vivaldi, Piazzola, Delius and Schubert.


Schubert String Quartets

Monday, September 08, 2014

Host Bill McGlaughlin continues his in-depth look at the string quartet's history and development this week with a focus on Franz Schubert.


William Walton

Monday, September 01, 2014

Benjamin Britten once wrote that hearing William Walton’s music was a “great turning point in his musical life.”

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Monday, August 25, 2014

This edition of Exploring Music focuses on sounds of the city of water and love: Venice.



Monday, August 18, 2014

How would you like to be the subject of a composition by Beethoven or Mozart? Host Bill McGlaughlin explores some of these heartfelt gestures and the composers who made them.


A Green and Pleasant Land

Monday, August 11, 2014

With William Blake’s famous words as a stepping-off point, host Bill McGlaughlin spends this week traversing the pastoral musical landscapes of the British Isles.

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Frédéric Chopin

Monday, August 04, 2014

On this edition of Exploring Music, the focus is pianoman Frédéric Chopin, whose work stretches from the most serene of nocturnes to a breakneck waltz lasting but a minute.


Emotion and Meaning in Music

Monday, July 28, 2014

Host Bill McGlaughlin spends this week exploring emotion and meaning in music.

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Maiden Voyages

Monday, July 21, 2014

A symphony can be a composer's greatest challenge and a composer's greatest reward. This week host Bill McGlaughlin takes a look at composers' first symphonies, their maiden voyages out into deep, musical oceans. 


The Life and Legacy of Nadia Boulanger

Monday, July 14, 2014

Host Bill McGlaughlin spends this week exploring the life, music and legacy of composer and teacher Nadia Boulanger.

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The Four Seasons

Monday, July 07, 2014

From the boundless majesty of the summer sun in Haydn’s "Die Jahreszeiten" to the frosty snow and shivering winds of Vivaldi’s "Winter," this week is dedicated to music inspired by the changing seasons. Come and find out how something as natural and routine as the seasons and the changes between them can inspire a wide variety of music.

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American Masters, Part IV

Monday, June 30, 2014

Host Bill McGlaughlin spends this week exploring the American masters of classical music.



Artists in Exile, Part II

Monday, June 23, 2014

On this edition of Exploring Music the theme is "Artists in Exile", which refers to "how refugees from 20th Century war and revolution transformed the American arts."

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Artists in Exile, Part I

Monday, June 16, 2014

On this edition of Exploring Music the theme is Artists in Exile, a nod to Joseph Horowit's book of the same name, which refers to "how refugees from 20th century war and revolution transformed the American arts." On this and the next program, you will hear stories of the appreciation of new places but also the terrible loneliness that comes from being in exile, forced from one's home by internal strife and placed thousands of miles away in a new world.


Exploring Richard Strauss

Monday, June 09, 2014

Richard Strauss — whose musical life spanned nine decades, two world wars and the Third Reich — was one of Germany's most gifted and controversial figures. Host Bill McGlaughlin explores Strauss' tone poems, operas and life both public and private in this five-part biography.

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What Else Ya Got?

Monday, June 02, 2014

On this edition of Exploring Music, host Bill McGlaughlin looks at a number of composers who are extremely well-known for a single piece of music and then examines other things they have written.

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