When Form Follows Composer

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On this edition of All Ears, Terrance McKnight explores composers who have veered outside of the styles for which they are best known.


Music over the centuries is composed of trends. There are musical forms that seemingly go hand in hand with the personalities of the musicians that made them famous. For example, Scott Joplin and the rag; J.S. Bach and the cantata or fugue; Chopin and the nocturne. This episode introduces music by composers who aren't typically associated with their signature style.


Maurice Ravel: Bolero

Boston Symphony Orchestra

Charles Munch, conductor



Frederic Chopin: Bolero, Op. 19

Garrick Ohlsson, piano



Carlos Salzedo: Bolero

Yolando Kondonassis, harp



Ludwig van Beethoven: Bolero

New York Vocal Arts Ensemble

Fred Sherry, cello

Raymond Beegle, piano

Arturo Delmoni, violin



Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Abendempfindung, K. 523 (Evening Thoughts)

Juliane Banse, soprano

Andras Schiff, piano


Zoltan Kodaly: Summer Evening

Orpheus Chamber Orchestra

Deutsche Grammophon


Veljo Tormis: Ingrian Evenings

Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir

Tonu Kaljuste, conductor



John Field: Nocturne No. 5 in B-flat

Miceal O'Rourke, piano



Samuel Barber: Nocturne, "homage to John Field," op. 33

John Browning, piano

Music Masters


Nikolay Medtner: Three Nocturnes, Op. 16

Laurence Kayaleh, violin

Paul Stewart, piano



Earle Hagen: Harlem Nocturne

Quartet San Francisco

ViolinJazz Recordings


Benedetto Marcello: Trumpet Concerto in C Minor

London Philharmonic Orchestra

Jesus Lopez-Cobos, conductor

Maurice Andre, trumpet



Leonard Bernstein: Prelude, Fugue, and Riffs

Columbia Jazz Combo

Leonard Bernstein, conductor

Benny Goodman, clarinet