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.
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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, 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.
Monday, October 07, 2013
A towering presence in Italian art and perhaps the greatest composer of 19th century opera, Giuseppe Verdi is one of the most venerated figures in classical music. This week WQXR's Verdi Week kicks off a 10-part series on Exploring Music that investigates his life and music.
Monday, September 30, 2013
The piano concerto is one of the most beloved genres of the concert hall. After all, it was the thundering virtuosity of some of the great composer/pianists that gave rise to music’s first superstars. This week, host Bill McGlaughlin explores their world and the great music they produced.
Monday, September 23, 2013
This week, host Bill McGlaughlin celebrates the music of the cinema.
Monday, September 16, 2013
It's a week of transcriptions. Host Bill McGlaughlin samples the creative efforts of gifted composers who gave life and vitality to existing music by transforming it into something new. Selections include music by Bach, Copland, Liszt and Ravel.
Monday, September 09, 2013
As the Roma journeyed through Europe and beyond, the native music and that of these travelers combined to create an energetic and exotic confluence unlike anything else. This week Bill McGlaughlin samples some of this music and its antecedents.
Monday, September 02, 2013
Host Bill McGlaughlin tests out the old saying that two is better than one. This week he explores duos of all kinds including: one-man duets, animal duets, rainy duets and more. Bach, Brahms, Ravel, and Rossini feature.
Monday, August 26, 2013
This week host Bill McGlaughlin takes in the music of Paris from 1830 to the early 1900s.
Monday, August 19, 2013
In the next chapter of Exploring Music's survey of the symphony, host Bill McGlaughlin turns to Germany, Austria and France in the turbulent years after the Great War.
Monday, August 12, 2013
Host Bill McGlaughlin takes a week-long look at the life and music of England’s most celebrated German composer, George Frideric Handel.
Monday, August 05, 2013
This week, Exploring Music turns its eyes and ears to music inspired by the visual arts, including Mussorgsky's "Pictures at an Exhibition," Hindemith's "Mathis der Maler," and Rachmaninoff's "Isle of the Dead."
Monday, July 29, 2013
This week host Bill McGlaughlin opens the show with one of the most delightful and storied chapters of the string quartet's history, centering around the works of Mendelssohn, Schumann and Brahms.
Monday, July 22, 2013
Host Bill McGlaughlin offers up new releases, featuring offerings from Lang Lang, Emanuel Ax, Paul Moravec and the Debussy Preludes, for trumpet and rhythm section.