Movers and Shakers in America

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Saturday, October 17, 2009

This week we celebrate the roots of American music and take a closer look at the movers and shakers that created its innovative sound.

Terrance traces our musical family tree from Scott Joplin down South, playing his Maple Leaf Rag, to Aaron Copland on the Upper West Side, composing music like Four Piano Blues. He also takes us back to Europe, where composers like Darius Milhaud and Maurice Ravel are inspired by the new sounds coming out of America to write “le Jazz.”

Jumping ahead to today, Terrance introduces us to composers born outside of the US who are continuing the tradition of discovery and finding new sound, right here in New York.


Maple Leaf Rag
Scott Joplin
Louis Armstrong, trumpet
Various Artists
Grammercy Records

A Real Slow Drag (from Treemonisha)
Scott Joplin
Marcus Roberts, piano
Sony Classical 60554

Four Piano Blues
Aaron Copland
Alan Marks, piano
Nimbus Records 5267

Spirituals (excerpts from 24 Negro Melodies, Op. 59/1)
Samuel Coleridge-Taylor
Virginia Eskin, piano
Koch 7056

Suite: Overture
Darius Milhaud
Howard Klug, clarinet
Catherine Tait, violin
Ian Hobson, piano
Arabesque 6569

Three Rag-Caprices
Darius Milhaud
Ian Hobson, piano
Arabesque 6569

Sonata: Blues-moderato
Maurice Ravel
Leonidas Kavakos, violin
Anne Epperson, piano
Koch 7009

Yamekraw-A Negro Rhapsody
James P. Johnson
James P. Johnson, piano
Smithsonian Folkways 40812

Prelude, Fugue and Riffs
Leonard Bernstein
Benny Goodman, clarinet
Leonard Bernstein, conductor
Columbia Jazz Combo
Columbia 102798

Serenade for Violin and Orchestra (after Plato’s Symposium)
Leonard Bernstein
Hilary Hahn, violin
David Zinman, conductor
Baltimore Symphony Orchestra
Sony Classical 60584

Paola Prestini
Richard Mannoia, clarinet
Claire Bryant, cello
Yuri Yamashita, vibraphone
Carmen Kordas, video
WNYC Archival Recording

Untitled in Two Movements
Yungchen Lhamo
Yungchen Lhamo, voice
WNYC Archival Recording


Duke Ellington
Sir Simon Rattle, conductor
City of Birmingham Orchestra
Angel/EMI 15014

Comments [15]

john A.

Like Norma, I'd like to know the whereabouts of the concert board

Feb. 19 2010 08:32 PM

Dear Terrance
Thank you for playing Andrew Rangell's recording of Haydn Piano Sonatas. He performs them with great style, nuance and wit. Although Haydn's music is currently performed more often than in the past, there are still many masterpieces to be explored and presented to the listening public. I'll be listening for more Haydn and Rangell !!!!

Feb. 19 2010 06:15 PM
Bruce 2 Sail from Stratford, CT

There are two guys who seem to have the pop classical spotlight right about now:
Joshua Bell and
Yo Yo Ma
Could it be "the clash of the titan (ego) s?

Have they played together yet? Is there a recording?

I'd imagine performing Stephen Foster, Leonard B. or Aaron Copeland would be a good start.

Not John Williams, but on second thought, why not?

Love your show and the fresh attitude you've brought to WNYC (er WQXR)!

Nov. 11 2009 11:38 PM
WQXR Radio


Sorry for the confusion. You can find information about Terrance's show by choosing "Q2 with Terrance McKnight" from the drop-down Programs menu or by following this link:

The weekly schedule is available on the Schedule page ( by clicking the blue "Weekly Schedule" button.

Oct. 28 2009 05:09 PM
Richard Mitnick from Highland Park, New Jersey

Q2 with Terrance is on the schedule.


Oct. 24 2009 08:38 AM


Q2 with Terrance McKnight airs Saturday nights at 10pm on 105.9 FM. It's posted on the schedule.

Oct. 23 2009 10:13 PM
Joelle Shefts from NYC

Would someone kindly tell me WHEN and WHERE to find Terence's Q2 program? How this kind of information can be left off the web site?!
Joelle Shefts

Oct. 23 2009 05:13 PM

Thank you all for listening to our music programming and for taking the time to write.

About Beethoven,I did refer to him as Luigi. Perhaps I should have explained; the composer would sometimes sign his name Luigi or Louis in addition to Ludwig. That's good to know right?
So beware, I'll be calling him Louis too. thanks!

Oct. 22 2009 12:56 AM
Jeannie from New York City

To the poster above who said that Terrance said "Luigi Beethoven", I didn't hear it but your implication is that he would be making fun of "this great man". I am sure this wonderful host has just as much regard for Beethoven as you do. Perhaps it was a light joke, play on words. Perhaps it was a slip. However, WQXR has never been a station like many classical stations that are stiff and starched.

The hosts have a sense of humor which has made me stick with them for many years. I happen to love Terrance's style and humor and am upset that anyone would be "disappointed" in him. Your comment was unfair, the criticism unwarranted and I think you should lighten up a little and take this not so seriously!

Oct. 21 2009 10:15 PM
galbenu from NY

on October 20th at 21 o'clock i'm not sure if i heard correctly you saying Luigi Beethoven while announcing his Imperial piano concert. was a joke?? about this great and unique man? if so, i'm very disappointed.

Oct. 21 2009 03:41 PM
Barbara from New York City

We love your creativity and the way you juxtapose two different pieces of music.
We are so happy that you have moved over to QXR to liven things up.

Oct. 18 2009 02:53 PM
Harry from Brooklyn, NY

First, full disclosure: I am a long-time WNYC supporter who welcomes the opening of a new classical music channel in New York. This is a goal we have cherished since at least 2002.

I admire Terrance's efforts to both introduce classic American music -- jazz, blues, rag -- to the WQXR audience and also to illustrate its considerable influence on European composers (Ravel, Milhaud, Stravinsky, et al). To say nothing of its attractions to Americans like Bernstein, Copeland, Corigliano, and others.

It's going to take a lot of music to fill a 24/7 schedule. Lets hope a few voyages of discovery can be included!

Oct. 18 2009 12:13 AM
Nicholas Gatti

Great Show!!

Love the progression.

Oct. 17 2009 11:53 PM
Norma from Manhattan

What happened to the WQXR concert board???

Oct. 17 2009 10:40 PM
Brian radom from Bedminster, New Jersey

FIRST the email address is what google assigned me.
Second for the ragtime show of saturday night, might works of Dr.Joseph F. Lamb be included also please? Of course too recordings of Dr. lamb might not be as prevalent as works of Dr. Joplin.
Dr. Joplin helped Dr. lamb be discoverd! I am insanely dedicated to ragtime music, thank you!!

Oct. 17 2009 06:34 PM

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