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Exploring 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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I Didn't Know About You

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

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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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.

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Game of Pairs, Part II

Monday, January 19, 2015

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Music For the Viola

Monday, December 08, 2014

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

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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.

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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.

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Bach to Beethoven

Monday, November 17, 2014

This week host Bill McGlaughlin explores 100 years of music in only five programs. Buckle your seat-belts as we uncover how exactly you get from Bach to Beethoven.

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Bach Sleeps In On Sundays

Monday, November 10, 2014

This week Bill McGlaughlin considers the brief but creative period of time in which Johann Sebastian Bach worked not for the Lutheran church, but for Prince Leopold of Anhalt-Kothen.

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

Monday, November 03, 2014

On this edition of Exploring Music, host Bill McGlaughlin examines Bach's B minor Mass, a not-so-minor masterpiece of tremendous proportions.

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The Big Five, Part II: New York Philharmonic

Monday, October 27, 2014

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

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The Big Five, Part I: The New York Philharmonic

Monday, October 20, 2014

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

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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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