The Gratitude Project 2010

Friday, October 29, 2010

Thanksgiving reminds us that there’s a lot to be grateful for – friends, family, a stress-free trip to the airport. And there's music. As we celebrate another holiday, WQXR reflects on Music We’re Grateful For.

In order to participate, please leave a comment below (our Spinvox line is now closed).

Explain why you're grateful for a particular piece of music. Did a Mahler symphony make a wedding anniversary complete? Has Beethoven inspired a personal best as you trained for a marathon? Was Stravinsky your traveling companion on a memorable road trip?

So before you slip into the turkey coma this Thanksgiving, set your radio or computer for WQXR. We'll play your choices --and air your voices -- all Thanksgiving Weekend. So write us, call us, and tune in!

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Comments [314]

gary from Bklyn., NY

i am so grateful for the arrangements of J. Strauss waltzes et al. by schoenverg, berg, & webern. I have both discs and derive such wonderful delight from them. i would be even more grateful, if wqxr had in thir library IL PASTOR FIDO attributed to Vivaldi, but really by the French composer Chederville. I refer to the ARCHIV recording, which I fear may be out of print. Also, I would be eternally grateful if u played more baroque and rococo, and classical recordings with the harpsichord restored. It seems that the pianoforte has won that war. It would be nice to redress the balance

Dec. 04 2010 11:49 AM
D. Jeannot

I'm grateful for the music especially of Beethoven, Mozart, Bach, Debussy, Faure, Brahms, Scarlatti, Puccini, Verdi, Granados especially; all the artists that perform this music brilliantly, and wonderful radio stations like WQXR that are purveyors and transmitters of such exquisite artistry.

Dec. 02 2010 08:00 AM
belle from NYC

No matter how bad off you think you are, there is someone worse off. What little I have, I am grateful for -- and I hope I never forget it. I am also grateful for WQXR - especially the opera.

Nov. 30 2010 05:33 PM
Jeff from New York, NY

occasionally the holidays can have a somber side to them (in addition to the festive side) - whenever I run into the somber, I'll throw on Rossini's L'Italiana in Algeri and the mood lifts almost instantly. Languir per una bella never fails to work that magic..

Nov. 28 2010 04:34 PM
Gail Safian from Maplewood, NJ

The Gratitude Project has been an enriching and wonderful experience. WQXR should keep it going, at least through Hanukkah. I'm sure are many suggestions yet to be played.

Nov. 28 2010 04:00 PM
Rob schachter from Indianapolis

4th grade, an invitation from my grade school teacher, with my parents' permission of course, to attend with the she and her fiancé a national symphony orchestra concert featuring Artur Rubinstein playing Beethoven's 5th piano concerto. Until then I had never been to a concert, let alone featuring this music!

Who could have known that intimations of immortality would have come at such an early age (10 years old).

Gratitude indeed for Beethoven but lo these 55 years later, deep gratitude for one Ms. Cross for having the foresight and kindness to invite me into a world of music that touched and continues to touch me today.


Nov. 28 2010 03:47 PM
Selene Martinez from New York

I am grateful for Mahler's Symphony #2. Presented to me by a beloved friend Kevin Kirchoff last year, who perhaps unwittingly prognosticated my 2010 of joy and pain, faith and doubt, transcendence and perdition as in Mahler's #2.
I appreciate the ability to experience Mahler's beautiful search for the meaning of life.

Nov. 27 2010 08:37 PM
Jeffrey Gross from Brooklyn, NY

I'm very grateful for Beethoven's 4th Piano Concerto, which I consider one of the most beautiful and greatest pieces ever written. It's certainly my favorite of the concerti. I suppose technically you could say the "Emperor" scores higher on the Great-o-Meter(tm), but I get more pleasure from the 4th. The moment in the 1st movement when the main theme comes back is just glorious, and the 2nd movement is heartbreaking.

I'm also deeply grateful for the Mozart A-major clarinet stuff: the quintet and the concerto. Luminous, profound, yet so simple.

And I'm grateful for the Brahms F-minor Piano Quintet. It's an autumnal piece, and listening to it to mark the beginning of fall is a personal ritual of mine.

Nov. 27 2010 05:49 PM

Growing up in a musical household, my father taught myself and by sister and brother the importance of music. As the musical director of many radio and TV shows, we constantly had music playing in the house.

We learned the importance and discipline of practicing ourselves in order to play our own musical instruments.

I remember following with the score as we listened to Zigeunerweisen as played by the trumpeter, Timofei Doksh.itser. On the same album was Liebesfraud. It was through activities like this that I learned the proper pronunciation and intonation of French, German, Austrian, Italian and other composer names!

Thinking back on these times reminds me of how grateful I am to have a father like dad, Paul Taubman.

Be Well.
Paul Taubman, II

Nov. 26 2010 06:04 PM
Louis Colon from Paterson,N.J.

I was born and raised in NYC. As a young child, I remember my mother playing WQXR and my fascination with fine music at the tender age of five. I recall hearing one magnificent choral work , which I called "Angel Music". My mother bought the
78 RPM recording of my "Angel Music" which I eventually came to perform as a member of the Incarnation Church Boys Choir. I still love it to this day. It is none other than the "Gloria" from Haydn's Mass
in Time of War and it still fills my 64 year old with joy and memories of my music loving mother who passed that love to me.

Nov. 26 2010 04:04 PM

This is Marianne, from Summit NJ. I'm especially grateful for Ottorino Resphi's Roman Trilogy. When I was a teenager, I was supposed to go to Europe, Paris and Rome in particular. I never did get there, because of illness and scholastic concerns. At around that time, a friend gave me LPs of the Trilogy. While obviously not in the same league, They were certainly a great consolation prize.

Nov. 26 2010 02:00 PM
K. from Madison, Wisconsin

I am thankful for the Brahms Violin, with Anne-Sophie Mutter on violin.

Nov. 26 2010 12:23 PM
Greg Kopia from New Jersey

When I was growing up I used to listen to my mother play the piano. She had been nurtured in her youth to be a concert pianist (my grandmother's dream for her) but ultimately wanted a family life for herself. One of my oldest and clearest memories is my mother playing the thunderous begining of the Grieg Piano Concerto in A minor. When I hear it now I can see my mother as she was as a young woman and am greatful for the memory.

Nov. 26 2010 11:21 AM
Alexandra Caruso from Brooklyn, New York

I am very thankful for the beautiful pieces for movies John Williams has composed- especially Hedwig's theme from Harry Potter.

Nov. 26 2010 11:07 AM
Lucy from Jersey City

2008 I had the opportunity to work with an amazing sculptor in South Africa. After our morning coffee, in order to get into the flow of creativity, he would play a lovely song that haunted me until I found out who and what it was. My research led me to: Nathan Granner and Beau Bledsoe performing "Oblivion Soave" and to this day when i hear it - i am overwhelmed with gratitude for life, beauty and creativity...

Nov. 26 2010 10:54 AM
DEBORAH A RUCK from Milwaukee, WI

I am grateful for The Lark Ascending by Ralph Vaughn Williams. I first heard it on a retreat in 1985 and I was moved deeply by its soaring beauty and rising hope. The piece inspires me to keep trying and reaching in the midst of all circumstances of joy or heartache.

The first recording I heard was by Pinchas Zukerman with the English Chamber Orchestra conducted by Daniel Barenboim. There was a question and answer session with Mr. Zukerman when he appeared with the Milwaukee Symphony some years ago. I asked him how he knew how to portray a lark so beautifully in this piece. He replied that he did not speak English well at the time he recorded it and did not know what a lark was. He rehearsed the piece in the limousine on the way to the studio and knew after about page 3 or so of the score that it would be difficult. Mr. Zukerman said that they recorded the piece in 1 take! It is my favorite because of the serenity and sensitivity of Mr. Barenboim's orchestral accompaniment combined with Mr. Zukerman's
ardent and fresh performance.

The recording by Hilary Hahn is also very beautiful.

Nov. 26 2010 10:10 AM
Marsha Greenberg from Englewood, NJ

I am grateful for Leonard Bernstein's Symphony #3, the Kaddish. I had the great privilege of singing this work as a member of the now defunct Juilliard Choral Union. I have been moved by many great choral works, but at the end of the performance, we were spent and weeping. Bernstein's marriage of the sacred Jewish text with his music is the most emotional I have ever encountered.

Nov. 26 2010 09:57 AM
Diane from Manhattan from Manhattan

Am still haunted by my first live concert listening to the incomparable Spanish pianist, Alicia de Larrocha, playing a Mozart piano concerto. But I am MOST thankful for her playing those Granados or Albeniz pieces in her distinctive style.

Nov. 26 2010 01:44 AM
mike shea

Copland's "Quiet City" frees me from the
of-times plight of living in Manhattan. While the possibility of this place ever being
"quiet" is nil, my brain can rest at least for a few moments because the possiblility that such a state seems to exsist.
Thanks Aaron!

Nov. 25 2010 07:54 PM
Nicoletta Aguccioni from Weehawken, NJ

Concerto for Mandolin, Strings and Harpsichord in C major I Allegro, by Antonio Vivaldi, was one of the Baroque Favorites played in the movie “Kramer Vs. Kramer” , that I first saw when I was a teenager in Italy. The movie was beautiful, but what really stroke me was the music. When I first heard that music I recorded it andnever forgot. I started looking for that soundtrack , but could never find it. Few years later I came to New York, where I have been living since, and the first thing I wanted to do as soon as I arrived was to buy that soundtrack. It took me very little time to find it, and I have been listening to it ever since, almost twenty years. When I play that CD it is such a joy, such an amusement, and such a refreshing sensation that I don't think I could have ever lived without it.

Thank You WQXR for the unforgettable classical music you play , that I often associate with small but meaningful moments of my life. I am grateful for playing Vivaldi often and for all the music.

Nicoletta, Weehawken, NJ

Nov. 25 2010 07:19 PM
Mary Tierney from New York City

I am most grateful to my parents, James and Mary Greenan, who 50 years set out with their four children to find the "new world." In their honor and to thank the new world for all the opportunities it has offered us, my request is Antonin Dvorak's New World Symphony.

Let me not forget WQXR who has brought me the greatest joy and who introduced me to classical music. Thank you!

Nov. 25 2010 05:13 PM
LOUIS SANDBERG from Baldwin, New York

Since 1940 I've been listening to WQXR. My favorite, early in my listening career, was Gamborelli and Devito. You don't remember them. They were wine merchants, I believe. The music backgroud for their add was beautiful. It is still beautiful music. Now I listen with the same pleasure to the beautiful diction and sound of Annie Bergen and Midge Woolsey. Thank You!

Nov. 25 2010 01:22 PM
Celia Knoblauch from Keyport, NJ

I'm grateful for Chopin's Ballade No. Four in F Minor. It's my favorite of the ballades. The theme is like a ballerina whose partner is swinging her. The minor key is so beautiful. It tells the story of a father whose father's grieving for his son lost in the war. Later the son is found so it's not that sad. If Chopin could hear me I'd thank him for this wonderful composition.

Nov. 25 2010 12:20 PM
Kenneth Bennett Lane

I AM THANKFUL FOR LIVING AT A TIME WHEN IT WAS POSSIBLE TO STUDY WITH THE GREATEST !!! What we do not hear today--witness the just concluded spectacular telecasting of the Macy's Day Parade, pharyngeal singing with "squillo." We all must sing with our OWN voice with a technique that provides us with control of our voice at all levels of dynamics, vocal range, flexibility and stamina and precise articulation of the words and precise pitch, with ease.

Nov. 25 2010 12:06 PM
Rosalie from Cranford NJ

I am grateful for the long and wondrous life of Verdi. I cannot imagine the world without his music. While I love Wagner, Mahler, Mozart and Beethoven, Verdi's operas reach my soul as no other composer's.

Nov. 25 2010 10:56 AM

I am grateful for Pierrot Lunaire which revealed to me that music can be other than bland or bombastic

Nov. 25 2010 10:51 AM
jacqueline from Long Island, NY

When I have the good fortune to hear Respighi's Fountains of Rome and Pines of Rome, the moment immediately whisks me to cobblestoned streets of Trastevere or the tranquility of Santa Sabina on the Aventine Hill. That moment beckons me to connect with the history and ancestry of the past, while encouraging me to dream and hope for the future and simultaneously appreciating all that I can enjoy today.

Nov. 25 2010 10:19 AM
Gev Sweeney from Ocean Grove, New Jersey

A friend just texted me about how miserable she is about having to work for a store opening way before dawn tomorrow, Black Friday, and how having to go to bed early tonight is ruining her holiday. So I reminded her about Midge and Elliott and all the other WQXR stalwarts who are working today, on the holiday. Here's a huge thanks to Midge and Elliott and ALL media pros out there who work on the holidays and help keep us mere audiencees (yes, "audiencees," that's not a type) going and/or informed and happy!

Nov. 25 2010 10:14 AM
Diane Barranca from Brooklyn

The Marriage of Figaro was the first opera I paid attention to and it opened me up to the whole world of opera. It makes me very happy every time I hear it.

Nov. 25 2010 10:14 AM
John Turner from Indianapolis

I am most grateful for Leon (aka Ludwig) Minkus' Kingdom of the Shades from his score for Marius Petipa's La Bayadere. I'm grateful for the entire ballet, but most of all for the Shades scene. It brings back not only decades' worth of memories, but is an example of the serenity I aspire to achieve.

Nov. 25 2010 10:03 AM
Bill Walters from Manhattan

I'm Thankful for you, Elliott Forrest... you should be a balloon in the parade!

Nov. 25 2010 09:42 AM
Mallory from Brooklyn

When I started a stressful job, with a stressful daily commute from Brooklyn to the Bronx, Astor Piazolla's "Libertango" played on WQXR, lifted my emotions off of the FDR Drive, and into a world of mystery and beauty. For that, I am grateful.

Nov. 25 2010 09:40 AM
Nancy Baker

I am so grateful for my mother's having introduced us to classical music through "Peter and the Wolf" and "Hansel and Gretel" when we were very young. She played them over and over until we knew them by heart. My deep love of classical music started then. My mother died 3 years ago at 95, still a lover of opera. Thanks, Mom, so much for this gift.

Nov. 25 2010 09:23 AM
Philip Booth from Manhattan

I am grateful to my wonderful art teacher, Dean Stambaugh, at my prep school, St. Albans in Washington, DC, for playing magnificent classical recordings as we toiled at our canvases in the Art Room in the late 50's. One piece I particularly loved were the four North Country Sketches of Frederick Delius (a composer I'd never heard of before!), and of the four I especially loved the first one, "Autumn: The Wind Soughs in the Trees." Mr. Stambaugh's recording was with Sir Thomas Beecham (a champion of Delius) and the Royal Philharmonic. I don't know if it's still available, but no recording I've heard since has captured its magic so effectively. I'd love to hear it played today as the Autumn wind "soughs in the trees" here in Manhattan!

Nov. 25 2010 08:51 AM
Talia Boylan from NYC

I am grateful for Rachmaninoff's second piano concerto, the first movement. I particularly enjoy the Lang Lang and Rubenstein recordings.

Nov. 25 2010 08:46 AM
Susan Weiss from Clinton Hill, Brooklyn

I'm so grateful to have grown up in a family who played classical music on the phonograph and also listened to it on FM radio. This was back in the 50's and I was raised by my Dad and his brothers, having lost my mother at 3. My Dad was a great lover of opera and himself had a fine voice and my uncle designed costumes for the ballet. I will always be grateful for such early penetrating sounds as Maria Callas' "Norma" and Copland's "Appalachian Spring" conducted by Leonard Bernstein, both of which were heard over and over in our cultured home. LIstening to them never fails to push my sense memory buttons and bring me back to a time in my childhood when I felt loved, secure and happy.

Nov. 25 2010 08:46 AM
Sherra from Arlington, Virginia

I'm grateful for Q2 - an indispensable part of my day and education.

Nov. 25 2010 08:36 AM
Linda Barnett from Wilmington NC

I am grateful for Rimsky-Korsakov 's Scheherazade . It reminds me of my Dad who always porfessed he did not like the peice but always played it for me as a child because he knew I loved it.

Nov. 25 2010 08:28 AM
Sandra from Ocean, NJ

Hi and Happy Thanksgiving!

First I am grateful for Eliot Forest's Program Breakfast with the Arts that enabled my son to find the violin. I am thankful for JS Bach's Cello Sonata's that my daughter fell in love with and helped her find the cello.

Mostly I am thankful for the Suzuki Method of Violin and Cello that has given my children, from a non-musician family, the chance to learn their instruments.

In that spirit it seems like the piece that binds all Suzuki musicians together is Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star.


Nov. 25 2010 08:25 AM
Steve from BLoomfield, New Jersey

Good morning:

Happy Thanksgiving!

I am thankful to WQXR who, when I used to work on Thanksgiving morning, used to play "A Mighty Fortress" at 6:00 a.m.

It MADE my Thanksgiving Day!



Nov. 25 2010 06:00 AM
Natalie from New York, NY

When I was 14, we received a labrador puppy (he was but a few weeks old) after his stay in a series of abusive homes. On his first night, after everyone else had long gone to bed, I stayed awake with him - seated on the kitchen floor, waiting for him to fall asleep before leaving, but every time I stood to make my way to my room, he began to whimper and cry. Realizing that he was stirring upon hearing/feeling my steps, I reached for the radio and set the CD player to repeat as Debussy's "Claire de Lune" began to play and his eyes closed. From that night on, for the first three months of his life with us, I listened to "Claire de Lune" from behind my bedroom door, knowing that my best friend was sleeping soundly in his bed on the kitchen floor. Two years later, after he became ill, we had to put him to sleep. Every time I hear Debussy's piece I cannot help but smile, though I still miss him terribly.

Nov. 25 2010 12:51 AM
Charles Gilmore from Jackson Heights, NY

I really have to name two works: "The Lark Ascending" by Ralph Vaughan Williams, because it makes me think of a soul ascending from earth to heaven; and Maurice Ravel's "Ma Mere l'Oye," because it has tonal colors I have never heard in any other piece of music. Both pieces are more than a bit other-worldly, which I love.

Nov. 25 2010 12:22 AM
John Moller from NYC

One of my (many) favorites is the piece that sang the wqxr letters. Is that called station identification, or your logo? I heard it frequently maybe 5 or 7 years ago, I think around holiday time. It sounded as if sung perhaps by a 17th century Italian chorus, and went "wuq, wuq, wuq, x, r". The whole thing was beautifully harmonic, and the last x, r was exquisite. It's the one of all my favorites that I would most like to hear because I havn't heard it for so long.

Nov. 24 2010 06:43 PM
Laura E. from Teaneck, NJ

Concerto In D Major For Violin and Orchestra by Ludwig van Beethoven is a beautiful piece of music. It inspires me to play my violin better because someday I want to play this piece. I am a fifth grader and this composition helps me concentrate on my math homework.

Nov. 24 2010 05:24 PM
Kirsten from Brooklyn

The Rachmaninoff Vespers as sung by the St. Thomas Choir of Men and Boys, which two of my sons are fortunate to be choristers in. Hearing this makes me madly joyful and grateful to be alive and know that people have the capacity and desire to praise God with such depth and beauty.

Nov. 24 2010 02:46 PM
Randolph Pitts from Studio City, California

Concerto for Violin and Orchestra by René Koering. (Pierre Amoyal, violin; Orchestre National de Montpellier, Friedemann Layer, conductor).

Why? My sentiments in this dark year are not of thanksgiving, but of resignation. This beautiful music helps me to cope with those feelings. When our resources are redirected away from war and "bailing out" corporate foolishness, and toward education, the arts, and compassion, THEN I will have something to be thankful for.

Nov. 24 2010 02:23 PM
Mary Beth from Maplewood, NJ

I just left this story on the voiceline, but am afraid it might be too late (since the outgoing message asks for department store stories,) so am writing it as well.

This year I am especially grateful for Dvorak’s 8th Symphony, particularly the trumpet fanfare that opens the fourth movement. I have two kids, a 16 year-old trumpet player, and an 11 year-old, who has autism. My older son, Sean, plays with the New Jersey Youth Symphony, and last year when his orchestra performed Dvorak’s 8th Symphony, our whole family came to love this piece of music - but no one appreciated it more than Sean’s younger brother, Ben. Autism makes it hard for Ben to talk and harder still for him to put his feelings into words. But to him that Dvorak trumpet fanfare somehow came to signify his brother. To this day, when my older son is not home, Ben will grab my phone, scroll through the menus, find the music, locate Dvorak, and start with the 4th movement while saying, with feeling, “Sean!! Trumpet!!!” Those two words paired with that majestic trumpet fanfare communicate so much that is hard for Ben to put into words. So, this Thanksgiving, I am grateful for Dvorak’s Eight Symphony and the way it gives my younger son with autism a way to convey how much his older brother means to him. When Ben says, “Sean! Trumpet!!” over that fanfare, it is perfectly clear that he adores his older brother, that he misses him when he is not home, and that, more than anything, he loves to hear Sean play his trumpet.

Nov. 24 2010 02:04 PM
Sandy Sharon from South Brunswick

My mother loved listening to Cesar Franck's Sonata in A Major for Violin and Piano, especially the 4th Movement. I am thankful to my mother for introducing this beautiful music to me. The interplay between the piano and violin is exquisite. This music is an eternal bond I will always have with my mother.

Nov. 24 2010 01:20 PM
jeri jackson from New York City

When I listen to AVE VERUM CORPUS, my heart widens to the magnificence of--and I become one with--the Great Spirit.

Nov. 24 2010 12:11 PM
Marcia Jacobs from Brooklyn, NY

I ‘m grateful for the Mussorgsky opera, “Boris Godunov” which recently I had the pleasure of seeing on screen at one of the High Definition performances from the Met. The opera, and Rene Pape’s performance, was an incredibly thrilling experience. I would love to hear the wonderful “Coronation Scene”.

Nov. 24 2010 12:05 PM
Eli M.from Paterson, NJ

The song that makes me grateful for all things (good & bad) is "Somewhere over the Rainbow/What a Wonderful World" by Israel "Iz" Kamakawiwo'ole. It brings a smile to my face each time I hear it & fills me up full of hope, joy & happiness, Gives me perspective that no matter how life gets hectic & sad we indeed live a wonderful world and to be grateful for all things :in our lives*)

Nov. 24 2010 11:52 AM
Kris from Westfield,NJ

I am most grateful for the Catalan Christmas carol Song of the Birds because 33 years ago I heard it sung by an amazing tenor named Al Morasso.My life changed forever.

Nov. 24 2010 10:52 AM
Peter Pu from Harrison, NJ

I am grateful for the Piano Concerto no. 2 by Sergei Rachmaninoff. This is the piece that connected me and my girlfriend, who is also my piano teacher now.

Nov. 24 2010 10:09 AM
Penny Payne from Port washington, New York

I am thankful to turn on WQXR every morning at 5:00am when I am making coffee, my lunch, and breakfast.
As to many pieces of music I am thankful MUST start with Sympony No.2 the "Romantic" by Howard Harold Hanson (Oct.28,1896-Feb.26,1981) which premiered Nov. 28th, 1930. Now known as the "Interlochen Theme" , it is performed at the conclusion of all concerts at the Interlochen Center for the Arts, conducted by a student concertmaster after the featured conductor has left the stage, with no applause following it's performance...For reverence, respect, like with Hymns at Church... Three generations of Payne family have attended National Music Camp and Interlochen Arts Academy, beginning in 1930 with my Dad Frank, then me, my sister Holly, and then her daughter Devon, so this piece of music is in our bloodstream... Where ever I am, when the "Theme" starts to play, I am stopped in my tracks and transported back to Kresge Auditorium by the lake, with the pine trees swaying in the breeze. I will ALWAYS think of my Family and the bond we share with our Interlochen Center for the Arts experiences when I hear this piece, for the rest of my life, and I will ALWAYS be thankful.

Nov. 24 2010 09:00 AM
Paolo Varricchio

I am grateful for: " O Luce di Quest'Anima" from Linda di Chamounix by Donizetti sung by the late Elizabeth Parcell (may she rest in peace!). Her perfect italian diction and her mastering of coloratura give me so much joy.

Nov. 24 2010 08:56 AM
Josh R from Queens NY

I am grateful for Peer Gynt Suite as it was the first piece of classical music that I ever heard when I was about 8 years old and got hooked on classical music ever since. I am also grateful for the film Fantasia that I first watched when about 10 years old and esp Beethoven's Pastorale symphony featured in the film that has become my favorite piece of classical music which I find very calm and soothing and extremely therapeutic as a great escape from all one's problems. To that list I would like to add 1 more piece Tchaikovsky's 5 symphony 2nd movement - the most ravishing and romantic piece of music ever written that stirs my heart and soul.

Nov. 24 2010 02:48 AM
Frank Walsh from Clifton NJ

Petrouchka. My mother began playing piano accompaniment at Alexis Dolinoff's Ballet School in Montclair, NJ. She played for the New Jersey School of Ballet, and ended up at ABT and Montclair State University. The first ballet she ever took me to was Petrouchka, and I was spellbound. She died in 1997, and when I hear that score I feel her close to me.
Also for Ravel: my brother has performed many of his pieces in his various rock recordings. The Pavane of the Sleeping Beauty stands out.

Nov. 24 2010 12:22 AM
Holly J. from Allendale, NJ

I am grateful for so many wonderful compositions, but this Thanksgiving I am particularly grateful for Bizet's Carmen. Carmen was the first opera I saw with my mom as a teenager and I just saw it last Saturday at the Met's new production. I attended my best friend's funeral Saturday morning -- my opera buddy -- and Carmen was one of the operas we were most looking forward to this season as part of our subscription. Unfortunately we didn't see it together, but I enjoyed it again for both of us.

Nov. 24 2010 12:15 AM
Marcie S. Gitlin from Washington Heights, NYC

At this Thanksgiving week, I am grateful for Mozart's Requiem, which I both have enjoyed in concert and sung. Not only is it a powerful and beautifully contemplative work, but it also implicitly reminds us of life's impermanence, and the importance of living as fully, mindfully, and fearlessly as possible.

Nov. 23 2010 11:42 PM
Kathleen Wolter from Brooklyn NY

The first choral concert I remember singing at Seaford HS on LI, we did (with the band) the "Battle Hymn of the Republic" (Julia Ward Howe?). That piece was the hook that pulled me into making music a passion of my life (as well as a career of sorts!). A fellow classmate, Bob Kelly is now trying to coordinate an all year band & chorus reunion and he found the recording of that particular piece that we did that year and posted it. It was as wonderful as I remembered and I can still remember my part...a couple of years later!!!

Nov. 23 2010 09:45 PM
Shannon White from Parlin, NJ

When I was diagnosed with clinical depression about 1 1/2 years ago, I rediscovered WQXR. I am thankful for all of the music - it brings me the needed peace and calmness of mind and soul that I often need. I suppose that I am most thankful for the music of Arvo Part. His music has never failed to help me, especially his "Mirror in the Mirror." I bless all of you every day for what you have done and continue to do for me.

Nov. 23 2010 08:08 PM

Bach! I'm grateful for Bach! The St. Matthew Passion, the cantatas, the oratorios, the cello solos. Bach, Bach, Bach.
... ;-) And also Mahler's Das Lied von der Erde, and Brahms' chamber music, and Wagner's Ring cycle.
And I am thankful that there is still a station in New York where you can hear all this music.

Nov. 23 2010 06:52 PM
Marie from Seattle

The works of Hildegard of Bingen and their renditions by the ensembles Sequentia and Anonymous 4. Whether I am focusing on an involved technical task, or enjoying a quiet moment, these glorious choral pieces always inspire me.

Nov. 23 2010 06:27 PM
francis leary from Flushing,ny

I am grateful to Brahms. When I feel stressed I love to listen to the soothing and deeply emotional themes of his symphonies. I also love the beautiful Brahms Requiem.

Nov. 23 2010 05:44 PM
Kenneth Bennett Lane

Wagner's "Ring des Nibelungen" is/has been for me, since my twelfth year, good cause for Thanksgiving for the inspiration & driving force it has been for my career. Outside of Michelangelo's Sistine Chapel ceiling Creation and altar "Last Judgment," there is no comparative epic masterpiece, IMHO.

Nov. 23 2010 05:27 PM

My dad used to play the David Oistrakh recording of the Beethoven Violin concerto every Sunday when I was growing up. On the other side of the LP was the 5th Symphony. I fell in love with Beethoven's music. Music was in our house 24/7 - singing, piano playing, playing the radio, learning instruments. It is now my life-blood. I thank my parents, uncle and grandmother for planting the seeds. My life is fulfilled every day by music.

Nov. 23 2010 05:05 PM
Christine from Ocean Grove, New Jersey

I am eternally grateful for my longtime friend and music teacher. He started me at the age of 10 with clarinet lesions and gave me such appreciate of music that I can't imagine life without it. Mr. Harry D. Eichhorn was an inspiration to all of his students and not only taught us the beauty of music, but morals and ethics. He gave us a wide verity of all types, except rap, and had us imagine what was going on when we listened to each piece. I have many, many compositions that I am grateful for but I like Finagles cave the best! I am still performing in a concert band called the "Atlantic Wind Ensemble" with my favorite conductor Harry Eichhorn.


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Nov. 23 2010 02:25 PM
Andrew Parks from Maplewood, NJ

I will be forever grateful to my mother for introducing me to the joy and sublime beauty of classical music some 40 years ago. As I am a bass-baritone and voice teacher, Music has been at the very core of my existence. Some favorite works are: Mahler's 8th Symphony, Le Nozze di Figaro, Verdi's Requiem, Beethoven's An die ferne Geliebte, and on and on..All of which I have had the pleasure of singing professionally. Some favorite instrumental works: Brahms' Haydn Variations, Shostakovich's Second Piano Concerto, Bruckner's 8th Symphony, and the Borodin String Quartet #2 in so very thankful for them all

Nov. 23 2010 01:55 PM
Arlene from Stamford, CT

I am most grateful for Beethoven's Violin Concerto in D -- Opus 61. This was a favorite piece of my father's. He passed away in 2005 at the age of 94. He had played violin and mandolin as a young man. While I knew he loved the violin, I did not realize how much he also loved Beethoven's one and only violin concerto. He only made that clear to me in his later years; and so when he was just 90 years old, I bought him the CD. He listened to it often with me, each time with his eyes closed, mesmerized, as if in a reverie.

Now, when I hear the piece, my father is with me again.

Nov. 23 2010 01:51 PM

I will be forever grateful for classical music. It soothes my soul and transports me to places that no other music can. It can give me the ability to praise the Creator, calm my nerves, stay in pace while working out, nurture my imagination, elevate my mood and even put me to sleep. I wake up with music and go to sleep to it. Classical music is as necesary as the air I breath. In a world of great music how can I pick favorites? Impossible, but some have been with me thru hard times and helped get thru them and this makes them memorable. These are: Beethoven's Violin Concerto in Dminor. It helped me survive detox, Bach's Cello Suite No.1. It helped me get thru Iraqi Freedom(military ops) and Leo Delibes' Lakme Flower Duet that helps me everyday to keep calm and sane... Theres so much more that I can post but it would most likely never end. I am forever grateful for these people that were inspired to create such beauty.

Nov. 23 2010 01:01 PM
Richard from Englewood, NJ

Allow me to put in a vote for two masterpieces of the chamber repertoire:
Mozart's G-minor string quintet and the great Schubert C major quintet

Nov. 23 2010 12:16 PM
William Faber from New York City

I love M.P. Mussorsky's Pictures at an Exhibition, as orchestrated by Maurice Ravel. The Great Gate of Kiev theme reminds me of the nobility of human enterprise.

Nov. 23 2010 10:35 AM
Miriam Helbok from Bronx, NY

The first time I heard Alexis Weisenberg play Debussy's Suite Bergamasque, such a huge, overwhelmingly joyful, thrilling emotion filled my chest that I felt I would burst. In particular, the first, second, and fourth parts--not "Clair de Lune"--magically fill me with intense physical pleasure every time I hear them. Other pianists' versions are OK, but they can't compete.

Nov. 23 2010 10:33 AM
Fred Weiss

Two Comments:

In 1974 at the end of a two month trip throughout Europe on a Student Eurail Pass before my Senior Year in college is
caught a bad case of the flu in Paris. I had two choices. Go home, or visit friends who I had met in a student dorm in Copenhagen earlier in my trip. After a night train to Copenhagen, I was greeted by my friends and permitted to recover in one of the student's rooms who were on vacation. He had two records. The first was Tchaikovsky's Patique (the other was Crosby Still and Nash). Every day I listened to Tchaikovsky, and my recovery seemed to mirror the movements of the symphony. Within a week I was back on my feet, but whenever I hear the symphony
I remember that special summer, and my overly dramatic recovery from the flu in Copenhagen.

Second thought. A few years ago while brousing through the book stacks at Rizzoli in its old store, the sounds of Vaughn Williams "The Larks Ascending the Field" begin to fill the store. The beauty of the symphony struck me at once, to the point where I closed the book that I was listening to, and focused on the lovely music. I turned around, and it seemed that everyone else at Rizzoli also paused to hear the symphony. I inquired of one of the staff what I was listending to, and with a knowing smile he told me that it was the "Lark...." I don't recall ever being so touched by classical music, and I bought it immediately (I believe it was by the orchestra of St. Martin's In The Field in London), and played it (it was a vinyl record!), and I played it till the grooves were out. It remains one of my favorite symphonies, and I always pause when it comes on the radio.

Nov. 23 2010 10:28 AM
Silversalty from Brooklyn

The fare began a little after 9AM (2010-1122). During the ride the music that played was Rossini's "William Tell Overture" (beginning at the "Lone Ranger" gallop), Scott Joplin's "The Easy Winners," Vivaldi's "Concerto for Oboe" and finally, Verdi's "Chorus of the Hebrew Slaves."

There was minimal conversation, mainly concerning the best route to avoid traffic.

On leaving the cab the passenger said, simply, "Great music."

The day before (2010-1121 @ 10:03AM) a passenger with a French accent emotionally thanked me for playing classical music. The piece playing was Wagner's "Lohengrin: Prelude to Act I."

I regularly get such effusive or quiet unexpected "Thank you's" from passengers. Thought I'd pass along a couple - for this thread.

Nov. 23 2010 10:10 AM
James from New York, NY

Growing up in a home which listened only to Country/Western music, I was amazed when at 14 I heard "Un Bel Di" being sung by a Korean soprano on the Ed Sullivan show and was introduced to classical music which changed my life.

Nov. 23 2010 10:06 AM
Pamela S Slette from Albert Lea, MN

I am very fond of the music from Donald Fraser composed for Jessye Norman called after her, "Jessye's Carol" This Christmastide. She sings it with a Boys Choir with Robert DeCormier, found on UTube. I wonder if there is a recording of it from St Thomas Church...

Nov. 23 2010 09:30 AM
martha from New York

There is nothing like Tchaikovsky's 4th and 5th symphonies to simply listen to and allow one's emotions to run wild.

Nov. 23 2010 09:26 AM
Spencer G. from West Orange, NJ

Forever grateful for Chopin's wonderful Berceuse, Op. 57. There is a certain quality in this lullaby that connects directly to my soul. For me, it is a paradigm for which all music should strive. Chopin's notes illustrate a world that continues to behold great wonder and beauty.

Nov. 23 2010 09:18 AM
Karen Evans from NYC

The piece of music I'm most grateful for today is "The Swan" from "Carnival of the Animals." I love it so much it's my alert for when I get a text message.

Nov. 23 2010 09:06 AM
Tom Scalora from NWNJ

My Mom was a HUGE Bing Crosby fan. Back in the early sixties as she was watching "Going My Way" I heard this incredible voice singing something I'd never heard before. It was of course Rise' Stevens singing an aria from Carmen. I was instantly in love and had to find out more. Well that set me on the course that I would follow the rest of my life. That of having the music of the masters' forming the soundtrack of my life. Thank you Miss Stevens.

Nov. 23 2010 09:03 AM
David Stein from Jersey City

I am grateful for music. All kinds of music. Music inspires, uplifts, does not kill or cause wars. But of all the works of great music, I am most devoted to the Bach Musical Offering. As a teenager, I wore out a copy of the Vuataz version conducted by Hermann Scherchen, finding that it matched and supported every possible mood I could be in, from the saddest to the most joyful. Sadly for me, though, this piece is hardly ever played on on radio.

Nov. 23 2010 07:50 AM
William Leo Coakley from Manhattan

I certainly am grateful to WQXR (and to the generous donors to the Metropolitan as well) who make it possible through their actual and telephone lotteries for older people, well, mostly everyone, to attend performances of the best music in good seats they probably couldn’t afford. And who should win some this year from WQXR but myself when a musical friend had just lost his job. So with delight we were enveloped by rich Brahmsian sound in close-up central orchestra seats to hear Zuckerman at the Philharmonic and what was more extraordinary, to our surprise, the overwhelming grandeur of the 4th Symphony presided over by our brilliant new young conductor Gilbert. That would be a nice piece to shake listeners out of any lethargy from over-eating. Of course, we know no music-lover suffers from that.

Nov. 22 2010 10:31 PM
Mary Jenkins from Putnam Valley

I would be most thankful to once again hear Margaret Price sing Schubert's "Der Hirt aus dem Felson". I used to play a tape of this song when I was driving up the Taconic and I would try to sing along. There's a clarinet accompaniment that helped to make this experience altogether exhilerating!

Nov. 22 2010 09:45 PM
Ellitt Web from New York & Pennsylvania

I am thankful that about 60 years ago I came across the score and an early recording of Bartok's Concerto for Orchestra (probably Fritz Reiner's 1955 recording on vinyl!). The experience of hearing that piece and studying that score inspired me to become a professional musician and led me into the multi-faceted musical career that I have enjoyed for more than 40 years.

Nov. 22 2010 09:17 PM
Chana Mark

The Moonlight Sonata
I have been playing the piano since age 3. Becoming a professional musician was one of life’s possibilities, but I chose another path. The Moonlinght Sonata has been a part of me since age 12.
About three weeks before our marriage I played the first movement for my future husband. The first movement of the Moonlight Sonata is deep,and textured, moonlit and romantic. On that beautiful afternoon in late April I was at the piano and he was on the sofa, listening. He told me later that it was at this moment that he truly fell in love with me.
Now it is almost thirty years later. With gratitude to G-d, in the thick of children and grandchildren, careers and cares, our marriage has grown to fit it all and so it remains, deep and textured, moonlit and romantic.

Nov. 22 2010 09:16 PM
Linda from NYC

I would like to submit Sarosate's, "Zigeunerweisen". There are words, in Hungarian, set to part of this sublime piece
of music. I am do not know who wrote the lyrics but my father used to sing this piece to me, In Hungarian, when I was a little girl. Many years ago I woke up to your station on my clock radio and you were playing this piece. It was quite amazing because that was the anniversary date of his passing. The words basically say, "You are the most wonderful little girl in the world. " Whenever this piece is played on your station I stop whatever it is I am doing to
soak up the beautiful sounds and memories.

Nov. 22 2010 07:35 PM
Martin Schwarta from wantagh,ny

thankful for the increase of vocal selections,especially from operas by Puccini and

Would be even MORE THANKFUL if the
Reception in SE Long Island was clearer .

Nov. 22 2010 07:33 PM
Justin Burchfield from New Jersey

I am grateful for H. Purcell's "Sound the Trumpet" as sung by James Bowman and Michael Chance. When I hear these two magnificent countertenors imitate the cheerful and triumphant blare of trumpets, it gives even a dreary day a lift!

Nov. 22 2010 04:34 PM
Tom Getty from Metuchen, NJ

For sheer musical beauty, I am grateful for the final trio from Richard Strauss's "Der Rosenkavalier." It tears me to pieces every time. Whenever I hear the first chord, I have to stop whatever I'm doing and brace myself. No other piece I know affects me quite so much.

Nov. 22 2010 11:38 AM
Jay C. Pack from Jersey City, NJ

For the Thanksgiving gratitude project I wanted to share that there are two pieces of music which never fail to stop me in my tracks either listening to WQXR at home or out and about. The Schubert Ave Maria, and the Pacabel Canon. Both are so lovely and moving that they always reach out and grab my inner most emotions.

Nov. 22 2010 10:25 AM
Mirella Sanseviero from long island ny.

This piece make me feel grateful
to Mozart: Ave Verum Corpus...
and, etc. etc...

Also I am grateful to WQXR

Nov. 22 2010 07:46 AM
Raymond Gervais from Montreal, Canada

In 2009, I had taken the bad decision of agreeing to complete the report on a mission to Haiti while undertaking another mandate in the Democratic Republic of Congo. I was then placed in the awkward position of having to get up at 4:00-4:30 to complete the Haiti report while working the rest of the day on the ongoing project. As the morning rays would enter my Kinshasa hotel room and I thought of the great sufferings in Haiti and the eastern provinces of DRC, the voices of Vivaldi's Gloria but especially his Credo's last aria (Et vitam) would uphold my spirit day after day. For indeed we must believe in life in order to overcome its many challenges, and be grateful for having the required strenght.

Nov. 22 2010 07:12 AM
Gev Sweeney from Ocean Grove, New Jersey

Ah, yes, I too am adding more to the collection, with thanks, like that of so many others, for The Lark Ascending,Tallis's Spem in Alium, and the Gloria from Beethoven's Missa Solemnis. Would also like to add Allegri's Miserere, which I first heard at St. Thomas Church in Manhattan.

*sigh* If truth be told, there's simply SO much wonderful music out there to be grateful for...

Nov. 22 2010 06:29 AM
catherine daudier

I wrote before that I couldn't pick one selection because I'm grateful for so many. But can't let go the opportunity to request a piece for this Thanksgiving: and it would be Leontyne Price's recording of Dvorak's Song to the Moon from Rusalka.

Wrenchingly beautiful.

Nov. 22 2010 01:24 AM
Guy Stanwaye from New York City

What to be thankful for? Well, that WQXR held its recent event at the City Opera and did not follow its parent organization WNYC in holding a fundraiser on a warship at a time when America is engaged in foreign and immoral wars where more civilians are killed than soldiers on either side. Why not celebrate by playing the Zwischenspiel waltz interlude from "Intermezzo."

Nov. 22 2010 12:11 AM
Alan Bernstein from Emerson, NJ

I am grateful to be able to hear The Lark Ascending or Serenade to Music by Vaughan Williams. I first heard both on WQSR during a rough period of my life and they so soothed me that I was able to step back and while enjoying the music, think out my problems. Now whenever I am feeling low or just out of sorts, I put on the two works to bring me back to a place where I can think clearly.

Nov. 21 2010 06:17 PM
Jane Poulsen from Queens, New York

I was raised by a divorced mother of three in a working-class section of Brooklyn. In spite of having little money for extras, my mother every year saved to take me and my sisters to the New York City Ballet production of The Nutcracker. My initiation came in 1971 when I was eight. It was my first trip to Lincoln Center, my first ballet, the first time I heard a live orchestra – indeed, my first live stage performance – and I was never the same again. The enchanted world of Clara and her Nutcracker Prince shone a sparkling light on my gritty Brooklyn childhood and instilled in me an enduring passion for music, for dance, for theater, for art.

Nearly 40 years later, our family Nutcracker tradition takes in four generations – my mother still leads the way, with children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren in tow. The little ones are captivated by the growing Christmas tree, as I once was (my breath still catches at the soaring crescendo driving the tree ever-upward), but now I most love Waltz of the Flowers. From the simple, opening statement of the theme to heart-bursting climax, it is a piece of music that sweeps me up and carries me inexorably to a place of pure beauty. It’s coming with me to the desert island.

My family always attends NYCB’s Nutcracker the first weekend after Thanksgiving. This is appropriate. I give thanks to my mother, to Tchaikovsky and Balanchine, and to WQXR for this opportunity to express how music can bond a family and change a life.

Nov. 21 2010 06:00 PM
Susan from Manhattan

I'm grateful for David Garland's wonderful music from 4-6 on Sunday afternoons -- it's a lovely gift & perfect for that time.

Nov. 21 2010 05:53 PM
Elli from Brooklyn

I am extremely grateful for The Muldau from Bedrich Smetana's My Country. When I hear that one, I can close my eyes and picture the river flowing gently then developing rapids, then slowing down again and more rapids, until it reaches the end and plunges over the Falls. It is the most evocative piece of music I have ever heard and is my favorite classical piece of music.

Nov. 21 2010 05:01 PM
Arlene Sciortino from Floral Park, NY

As a nurse working in a Blood Donor Center, I often met people who faced blood donation with varying degrees of uncertainty, trepidation, hope that they wouldn't embarass themselves by fainting and I found that playing Mozart's horn concerto #1 was a wonderful antidote to most adverse events. I enjoyed it, the donors enjoyed it, and Mozart was partner in a noble decision to donate blood.

Nov. 21 2010 04:22 PM
Michael Kingon from Manhattan, NYC NY

I have long enjoyed WQXR as a listener for over 35 years since I was little and have been trained as a classical musician myself.

One of my very favorite pieces of music I still love to this very day is hearing the story of Peter and the Wolf by Sergei Prokofiev. When I was very young and heard it for the first time, I use to get scared and cried at the part when the wolf would chase and eat the duck alive. But I was told and only to know that it is only a story. Sometimes I always guessed and thought to some degree, the wolf had something to be very thankful deserving his duck dinner even if it wasn't at Thanksgiving at all.

Today as a music teacher, I still share this wonderful story to many of my young students letting them know the message that although music can sometimes have its scariest moments, it's only make believe and is meant to be great and fun to enjoy.

I'm so thankful not only to the family and music teachers that have trained me over the years to become someone professional but also to WQXR too. Many thanks.


Nov. 21 2010 04:12 PM
Frank Treworgy

Asking what classical music I'm most grateful for is analogous to asking which of my children I'm most grateful for. I love them all. Each for different reasons.
Having to make a decision, though, my choice would be the Symphony #7, in A major, by Beethoven. The second movement (Allegretto) has the power to soothe me when stressed, empower me when depleted, uplift me when depressed.
In fact, the 7th Symphony is the composition to which I most frequently turn when I need the mystical power of
music to restore me.

Nov. 21 2010 02:13 PM
Harvey Wachtel from Kew Gardens, NY

Last night I attended a concert by Alison Balsom that included the 1939 Hindemith Trumpet Concerto and it occurred to me how lucky we are to have works like these. The Nazis' hatreds were so broad that any reasonable subset of what we consider the standard repertory is bound to contain many of the works they sought to banish, but I think it would be appropriate to specifically dedicate one masterpiece of "entartete Musik" each year in gratitude to the soldiers of the allied countries and the resistance fighters of the axis and occupied countries who risked and often sacrificed their lives so we could enjoy them today. I nominate the Trumpet Concerto for this year.

Nov. 21 2010 01:28 PM
Miriam from New York, NY

I am grateful for Vaughn Williams "The Lark Ascending." My spirit soars along with the lark.

Nov. 21 2010 01:06 PM
Lou Gerbino from Silver City,Iowa & Easton,Ct.

As Martin Bookspan said long ago on WQXR,"I'm a sucker for Vaughan Williams".Of that entire pantheon that he gave us,I'm most grateful for the Symphony #5,which I find simultaneously riveting,compelling,& comforting.It has helped me in so many ways,as has WQXR itself.I don't know how he or you do it,but my gratitude is renewed eac day.

Nov. 21 2010 11:56 AM
Bobbi in Brooklyn from Brooklyn, NY

Sibelius's 2nd symphony - when all the motifs come together in the 4th movement it reminds me of a blustery fall evening... the late-summer sun peaked thru during the day, but now the sun is setting early and i hear rustle of the leaves, then they begin to swirl as the wind picks up. You can easily imagine other-worldy forces are at play, something is about to happen...

I listen to this when the clocks fall back and it's dark as i'm walking home. It reminds me not to be sad, that there is magic in all seasons.

Nov. 21 2010 10:01 AM
Deborah Fortier from New York, NY

I keep changing my mind- too many pieces and composers that I'm grateful to, to say just one. However, since there's a chance to hear my choice over the weekend, let me put a vote in for Pergolesi's Stabat Mater. I grew up listening to my father's fabulous collection of recordings, and this is a favorite that I hardly ever hear now.

Nov. 21 2010 09:53 AM
Philip Bunker from Manchester CT

Vaughan-Williams "Serenade to Music" is such a marvellous wedding of words and music, perhaps one of the greatest ever. I love its serenity and warmth. V-W is one of the composers who has my everlasting gratitude for his works.

Nov. 21 2010 09:50 AM
Emma from Englewood Cliffs, NJ

I'm always grateful for the music of Mozart - any Mozart composition! But my favorite pieces of all time are his operas written with Lorenzo da Ponte, especially "Le Nozze di Figaro." "Nozze" is simply magnificent; every aria, every rececitive, every moment can be treasured. In my opinion, the most important moment in the opera isn't even sound, rather it is the rest in the music during "Contessa, perdono" when she hesitates, and we all wait for the glorious notes of forgiveness to pour forth. Just magic - and I am always grateful when I can hear it.

A little "Nozze" over Thanksgiving would be much appreciated!

Nov. 21 2010 08:47 AM
Deborah Wenger from Teaneck, NJ

I am grateful for Leonard Bernstein's Chichester Psalms. I have sung in various choirs for a number of years, as has my son. Several years ago, we both had the privilege of being part of an American choir performing in Israel; the Chichester Psalms was our featured piece. Being on stage at the Jerusalem Theater and sneaking a peek at the bass section and seeing my son there while we were singing Chichester will always be one of the highlights of my life, and I am reminded of this moment every time I hear Chichester now.

Nov. 21 2010 07:48 AM
David Kallman from New Jersey

Many years ago, when I was about fifteen years old, I attended a performance of Brahms symphony #1 with George Szell and the Cleveland orchestra at Rutgers. In the staccato notes in the last movement, Mr. Szell made broad sweeping moves of his right arm toward his right knee.

It was unclear what would happen to Mr. Szell's right knee. The orchestra stopped just before Mr. Szell's right arm crashed into his right knee.

But was it cause and effect? If the orchestra hadn't stopped before Mr. Szell's right arm collided with his right knee, would Mr. Szell have taken out his knee?

One couldn't tell; the visual was breathtaking, particularly to a fifteen year old. And I've been a real classical music fan ever since.

Nov. 21 2010 01:40 AM
Anne Spoonhour from Putnam Valley, NY

I can only say amen to the previous nominations of Vaughn Williams' "Lark Ascending" or "Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis" - but ... Tallis's own "Spem in Allium" is incredible! I was fortunate to discover Widor's Toccata while in college (a brilliant man I knew playing the thing solely from memory on a small organ in a rehearsal space...); Von Stade's "Bailero" from Canteloube's Chants de 'Auvergne, Copland's "Fanfare for the Common Man" (which always makes me believe the common man isn't so common after all); Miles Davis' "Concierto de Aranjuez"; the waltz from "Carousel" - and, incongruous as it is, the entire charming score of Carnival. My world would be the poorer without these.

Nov. 20 2010 10:56 PM
Rena Kallman from Metuchen, NJ

I adore Beethoven and am always grateful that he existed to enrich my world - and everyone else's, of course! I used to wonder why any orchestra would perform Leonore Overture #2 - and for sure, #1, since #3 is vastly superior to both. Now I'm grateful that we have Leonore #2 juxtaposed in the repertoire with #3, so that I can pick out exactly what the master changed as he was making his improvements to the piece. The high drama, new elements and textures he added would not be obvious fixes for a lesser composer. Beethoven took a reasonably decent work and turned into a stunningly brilliant statement in a class by itself. You may have already guessed that it's Leonore #3 that I'd like you to play on Thanksgiving weekend.

Nov. 20 2010 07:27 PM
Perry from Manhattan, NY

Rameau's Suite La Triomphante and Suite Le Rappel des Oiseaux (from Pieces de Clavessin and Nouvelles Suites de pieces de clavecin), played by the Calefax Reed Quintet. This beautiful suite played by this virtuosic reed ensemble never fails to transport my soul. The combination of oboe, clarinet, saxophone, bass clarinet, and bassoon and these superb arrangements are worthy of my thanks.

Nov. 20 2010 07:11 PM
michael kampton

I am 59 yrs old. when I was a boy living in queens, my grandfather lived 2 blocks from our house. whenever i visited him, he would always have some piece of music on the 'record player.' The first record he ever gave me was Rubinstrein playing Beethoven's Moonlight,Pathetique and Appasionata sonatas. I have been hooked ever since.

Nov. 20 2010 07:01 PM
Erica from Brooklyn, NY

No matter what's going on, Danke Schoen by Wayne Newton always makes me smile.

Nov. 20 2010 11:51 AM
RP from New York City

I am doubly grateful for Cesar Franck's Violin Sonata in A which I have heard on QXR about 3 times this week. Firstly because my mother, a fabulous pianist, and her companion, a former violinist from the Berlin Philharmonic, often used to play this piece and I am so very grateful to these women for unconsciously teaching me the chamber music literature in the years they played together when I was in my teens.
Secondly, I have also been very fortunate to be able to sit in on nearly 20 years of rehearsals with the NY Philharmonic and often backstage would hear Robert Langevin warm up or practice before a performance. Lovely man. Superb flutist. and I am most grateful for this lovely sonata bringing precious memories. Thanks, Robert.

Nov. 20 2010 11:49 AM
Lucy from Yonkers

I am grateful for the ending of Act I of "Die Walkure," from the Spring Song on, because it's glorious!
I listen to WQXR every morning--it's set as my alarm and is the only thing that could make getting up at 6:00 every day remotely bearable...

Nov. 20 2010 11:07 AM
Lilly from Garden City So

I will always be grateful for On the Trail by Grofe. When my daughter was small that was the piece of music she always requested. She never asked for it by name but asked for the donkey record. Whenever I hear it now it brings back fond memories.

Nov. 20 2010 10:32 AM
Tony from Mt. Arlington, NJ

The music that I'm most grateful for is Tchaikovsky's "The Nutcracker". When I was a boy, a friend of my father's knew how much I loved music and gave him a stack of record albums to give me. One of the albums was selections from "The Nutcracker", and it quickly became a favorite record of mine. I especially enjoyed the Arabian dance ("Coffee"). That album also sparked my interest in all classical music and I will always be grateful for both it, and the gentleman who gave that album to my father.

Nov. 19 2010 07:35 PM
Conway from East Rutherford, NJ

I've been a WQXR listener for more than forty years now. Many years ago, I was going through a long spell of unemployment, and my spirits were at very low ebb.
It was mid-afternoon on a dark, wet March day, and I was feeling pretty low. Suddenly the second piano Concerto of Eugen d'Albert was flooding my brain , with its stirring strains of hope. I was immediately transported to a place of happiness, wellness and promise. I am eternally grateful for this beautiful piece of music, and to WQXR are for playing it.

Nov. 19 2010 07:25 PM
Frank De Canio from Union City, NJ

While I love all music, classical music affords saving oases on life’s seafaring journey.

But supreme among music of those composers touching on that ineffable mystery that informs human existence is Bach's Well-Tempered Clavier.

While other composers deal with emotions, no work contemplates the spectrum of human feelings and longings with such noble detachment, as Bach’s Well-Tempered Clavier.

It's been a source of comfort and happiness since I first discovered it through a Wanda Landowska recording in my teens and later when I repeated my salutary experience with a poetic reading by Rosalyn Tureck, one by Richter and of course Glenn Gould.

Whether on clavichord, piano, harpsichord or even organ, the Well-Tempered Clavier could very well be the most consummate work of art ever penned. One prelude or fugue of its 48 is enough to put transcendence in a life that's otherwise anchored in (as Shakespeare puts it) “this muddy vesture of decay.”

When I listen to Bach's "48" I'm as close to the ultimate ground of Being as I can hope for on its underside. And for this, I'm grateful.


Nov. 19 2010 05:31 PM
Bruce from Manhattan

I'm thankful for Rachmaninoff's choral symphony, The Bells. I am virtually obsessed by everything written by this great composer, starting with the piano concerti. But for me The Bells opens yet another dimension onto the profound emotionality of the work of Rachmaninoff, one of the 20th century's greatest musical minds. The Bells is an inspiring and uplifting achievement.

Nov. 19 2010 05:25 PM
Dorothy from hoboken

My husband, Jim, has been gone for many ears now and I sometimes find it hard to remember what it was like to be near him. Then you play a Strauss waltz and we are back in Vienna with his strong arms leading me across the floor. Thank you.

Nov. 19 2010 03:26 PM
Jo Ann McDermott from Tarrytown, NY

I am so thankful and fortunate for my wonderful husband and his introducing me to classical music and WQXR nearly 20 years ago. QXR is on all day long. My husband treated me to the Ring Cycle during its final season at the Met and I loved every musical moment. It would be great to hear "The Ring Without Words" composed by Lorin Maazel. Many thanks to you, QXR, for being a part of our lives every day and bringing us so much enjoyment.

Nov. 19 2010 02:11 PM
Brian Ellerbeck from NYC

Thank you for the opportunity to suggest pieces to add to your already terrific programming. One piece that I've long been grateful to listen to and enjoy is a choral piece by Saint-Saens, "Calmes des Nuit," which is performed so well by Tafelmusik Chamber Choir, and I trust that WQXR listeners might also enjoy its meditative, soul-stirring power.

Nov. 19 2010 02:03 PM
Jennifer from Newark

the second movement of bach's double violin concerto. all of it is wonderful, but the second movement makes me want to cry, it is so beautiful. and beethoven's sixth which never fails to make my day better, no matter what is happening. happy thanksgiving to all

Nov. 19 2010 02:02 PM

Happy Thanksgiving WQXR!, I'm so grateful for Midge slipping on ''Stars & Stripes Forever'' for Veteran's day. Its Sousa's MASTERPIECE march and the Boston Pop's version is SO punchy! It filled Sousa boy with patriotic BLISS!!.....

Nov. 19 2010 01:41 PM
Jack McConville from Jersey City NJ

I consider myself a good singer but I never sing along with WQXR, unless it is Bizet's Au Fond du Temple Saint as sung by Jussi Bjorling and Robert Merrill. Then I can't control myself and even try harmonizing, something I cannot do.

Nov. 19 2010 01:35 PM
Ian from Brooklyn

I am grateful for new discoveries. Recently, I was introduced to Albinoni's oboe concertos, particularly Concerto in C major, Op. 9, No.5. I have a new appreciation for the instrument and look forward to spending more time exploring these beautiful concertos.

Nov. 19 2010 01:21 PM
Roxie from Montclair, NJ

I am a new opera fan - after years of badgering by both family and friends, I finally discovered it for myself! It has been a source of great exploration and excitement for the past few months. One of my favorite peices, "Merci, jeunes amies" from I vespri siciliani by Verdi, is what I'm grateful for. It is so exciting and full of life, I can't stop listening to it! It is a piece that I can put on and it immediately brightens my day. Happy Thanksgiving!

Nov. 19 2010 12:22 PM
Tom from Brooklyn

Copland's Our Town score --

recalling Emily, the daughter in the film, begging her family (who can't hear) from beyond life:

cherish each other in the precious ordinary moments together.

Nov. 19 2010 09:56 AM
Julius from Mamaroneck, NY

"Deh, vieni alla finestra" aria from Don Giovanni.
When I was a student I happened to come across this sheet music, and ran home to learn the mandolin accompaniment. That was the first time I had ever learned of the mandolin in classical music, after having played the instrument for many years for folk music

Nov. 19 2010 09:46 AM
Pat H from Oakridge, NJ

The "Adagio for Strings" by Samuel Barber never ceases to uplift my spirits. It strengthens my faith in the hereafter.

Nov. 19 2010 09:33 AM
katherine from Summit, NJ

1) Beethoven's 9th .. first heard and then played movements 2 & 4 in high school orchestra for our senior year concert. i played viola (v badly!) and needless to say, this was near impossible to learn but we muddled decently along and more than anything else, learning and playing this piece really showed me the beauty, depth, and potential of music. (also, that LVB was truly a genius)

2) Bach cello suites - for their clarity, mathematical precision and sheer beauty. i find them transporting.

Nov. 19 2010 09:06 AM
dirk baron herbst from basel - switzerland

dear hosts of wqxr,
my wish is a thankyou to all of you. - a lot of people in europe - especially in austria, germany and switzerland - listen to the most wonderfull classic-station around the world.
therefore i ask for the aria of the prince in händels "semele" sung by the australien countertenor graham pushee and the outstanding swiss jodel artist christine lauterburg. arranged as "handle with care" from the album "tanz, tanz, tanz" ( - this arrangement is for me the bridge from the alps to the hudson!
holidaygreetings from the alps...

Nov. 19 2010 08:11 AM
JK Evans from Hackensack, NJ

When I think of gratitude and music, Richard Strauss' two horn concertos come to mind. He dedicated both to his father, Franz, a highly regarded horn player. The first when the composer was 18 and the second in the twilight of his own life, 60 years later. Love of father, love of music, the richness of the French horn gathered together in two gorgeous, romantic masterpieces - I can't think of a better expression of gratitude.

Nov. 19 2010 07:34 AM
Barbara Mehlman from Great Neck

At the age of 3, I had my own wind-up victrola and my own record collection. The collection consisted of the songs of Uncle Don, Burl Ives, Vaughn Monroe ("Dance Ballerina Dance"), and Gaite Parisienne, the first word, of which, my father would pronounce "gate." To this day, whenever I hear Offenbach's music, I smile as it brings back instantly this very happy time in my life.

Nov. 19 2010 07:14 AM
Christine Pinkowicz from Dunellen, NJ

This Thanksgiving-time, I am filled with gratitude for Arvo Pert's "Spiegel im Spiegel." WQXR introduced me to this beautiful piece earlier this year just after my father's death, and it instantly captured not only my feelings about him, but somehow in an uncanny mirror-like way, how he felt about the life he had spent on this earth. I'm grateful to have had him, grateful to have Pert's special piece that has become so important to me, and grateful to WQXR for continuing to bring such musical masterworks to the world.

Nov. 18 2010 11:57 PM
Sonny Ramos

I grew up listening to mostly hard heavy metal music but an old florist friend would have WQXR playing as I walked in to greet and talk to him. This was essentially my first exposure to classical music though my appreciation for it has only come to fruition relatively recently. I credit Beethoven's Symphony No. 6 in F "Pastoral", Op. 68 for being the gateway piece that lead me into further appreciation of classical music. I am grateful for Beethoven's 6th and classical music in general for providing this late university student in his last year some sanity amidst the chaos.

Nov. 18 2010 11:39 PM
Steve R., from Morris County NJ

These pieces make me feel grateful:

The Thanksgiving hymn from Handel's Water Music.

The "Gloria" from Beethoven's Missa Solemnis - very uplifting, and

"The Sweetest Sound" ... John Rutter.

Thank you, QXR for a lifetime of wonderful music!

Nov. 18 2010 11:20 PM

Sandy Campbell

WQXR plays all day in my classroom as I spend my final year before retirement. What a daily treat! I am so grateful for the many years that both beautiful music and wonderful students have touched my life. As a tribute to one of those students, Thais, I hope to hear Meditation de Thais by Massenet. Thank you!

Nov. 18 2010 10:40 PM
Kimberly Mandel from Summit, NJ

I love Vivaldi's Four Seasons. That beautiful music never fails to lift my spirits. I can get a break from summer heat or winter chill - just by listening. Thank you.

Nov. 18 2010 06:43 PM
WENDY MOIRA from Montreal, CA

All Villa-Lobos´String Quartets are really meaningful to me because it makes me remember moments of my life that will never return. Thanks to Villa Lobos and thanks to music that tells my life story better than any word of myself.

Nov. 18 2010 05:24 PM
Michael Yarnell from Edison, NJ

I am grateful for music that inspires me and lifts my spirits; it virtually changes my life. Such a piece is Ravel's Le Tambeau de Coperand (probably spelled that wrong). It hits you in the face twice. It also was used as an intermezzo between programs on WNCN, another great classical station that is sadly long gone. I'm also grateful that WQXR continues greatness, and I am happy to support you.

Nov. 18 2010 02:33 PM
glo from maspeth, ny

I am grateful for all music, but the Chaconne from the Bach d minor Partita for violin has inspired my artwork: a kilnformed glass panel, an etched bracelet, other abstract and literal renderings in glass. It is difficult to express the aural experience visually, but I am still trying, although I can never live up to the beauty of Bach. Thank you, J.S.

Nov. 18 2010 01:01 PM
Rita from Cresskill NJ

Beethoven's music is always inspiring. As an operaphile, I find Fidelio always lifts my spirits. I am grateful for Florestan's aria and the beauty of marital love it conveys.Jon Vickers was particularly affecting in the role.

Nov. 18 2010 12:36 PM

The Brandenburg concertos by Johann Sebastian Bach. Need I say more.

Nov. 18 2010 11:55 AM
Roberta Silver

I am grateful for the Barcarole in Tales of Hoffman. When I was a young student in ballet school, we used to do stretches with one leg up on the barre. When the instructor played the Barcarole, the music was so beautiful, it took my mind off the pain of the stretches.

Nov. 18 2010 11:08 AM
Judith Bitterman from Maywood, NJ

The piece of music I am most grateful for is Leonard Bernstein's Chichester Psalms. Every time I listen to this piece (I have also sung it as a member of a community chorus in NJ), my heart soars. I would love it if you would play it over the Thanksgiving weekend.
By the way, if WQXR had gone off the air a year ago, I would have no radio station to listen to. You are the best!

Nov. 18 2010 10:24 AM
Anita Dziwura from Larchmont, NY

I love to hear you play Smetana's "The Moldau". My father used to hum this (he even added his own words) when I was little and I always liked it. Listening to it took on a new meaning a few years ago when my son played it in his middle school orchestra. I am grateful to have had the opportunity to share this piece with my Dad and my son.

Nov. 18 2010 10:07 AM

A short while ago I heard Louis Gottschalk's "Grand Tarantella" and was blown away. I can't believe I was hearing it for the first time. How could I have missed this gem? I am 72 years old and have always been a classical music listener. At any rate I am happy to have "discovered" this super feel-good prize and wish you would play it. Maybe some others could hear this treasure "for the first time"!

Nov. 18 2010 10:05 AM
Estelle Tsantes from Brooklyn

I am grateful to still have WQXR, without commercials no less. But at Thanksgiving I'm always grateful to hear the old Dutch hymn of Thanksgiving, We Gather Together. I learned it back in elementary school and it's just the perfect song for the day, especially with the words.

Nov. 18 2010 09:50 AM
Concetta nardone from Elmont, NY

I was very young and listening to the Met Opera broadcast of Aida. The second scene of the first act whereby Rhadames receives the sacred sword. The duet with the High Priest and the chorus of priestesses really captured me forever. You could almost smell the incense.

Nov. 18 2010 09:34 AM
Ingrid Spears from Eatontown, NJ

I'm not sure you received this but I want to make sure and express my gratitude for classical music and for WQXR for bringing me so much beautiful music. It enriches my life beyond words....

I first fell in love with classical music when I was 5 years old. I knew how to play our family victrola (does this date me or what?!) and would play and replay Brahams Hungarian Dance #5 over and over again since I loved it so much. I especially liked the place in the music where it stopped and started again. I would get so excited. I ultimately took violin lessons and my dream was to learn how to play it. I have been a classical music lover ever since and have been listening to WQXR for many, many years. Please never go away.

Nov. 18 2010 09:20 AM
Maggie McVeigh from Katonah, NY

I am grateful for the orchestral piece "Lark Ascending" by English composer Ralph Vaughn Williams. It is heart-breakingly beautiful. I have purposefully played it as a cathartic tool for gaining closure at times of great loss. The beauty of the ascending lark helps me to let go of my grief.

Nov. 18 2010 09:18 AM
Loretta from Nassau

I love all the music I hear on WQXR, especially in the morning and am thankful for Jeff Spurgeon.
As a child my family always had WQXR on the radio, one of my favorite memories of Thanksgiving is listening to Alice's Resturant, which in the old days WQXR always played.

Nov. 18 2010 08:42 AM
Jing from Lower Manhattan

There are too many pieces of music I absolutely love. More than the music itself, however, I'm most grateful for the people it brings me to. This year, I'm grateful for the folks at WQXR. Thank you.

Nov. 18 2010 08:06 AM
C.L. Culwell from Manhattan

When I first heard Debussy's sonata for flute, viola, and harp in 1974 I remember it as an assault on my senses--goose bumps, a hot flash, blurred vision. How could music be this natural and yet so beautiful, and completely free of contrivance. This piece of late Debussy still amazes me today, 36 years on.

Nov. 18 2010 07:28 AM
Ron Luciano

I'm grateful for Charles Francois Gounod's
"Ballet Music from Faust".It just brought back great memories of the past, today's and a glimpse of tomorrow. Thank you WQXR...I now have the CD by Mercury Living Presence. Great album altogether.
Get it folks.

Nov. 18 2010 06:42 AM
D. Hanning from NYC, NY

My choice would be Verdi's chorus from Nabucco, "Va, pensiero". I'm so thankful for what I have and this chorus reminds me of the significance of "home".

Nov. 18 2010 02:59 AM
Fermin Leon from North Bergen N.J

I am grateful to Mozart,for pleasent times and hard times when His Clarinet Concerto in A, K. 622 Second Movement bring me close to Heaven.

Nov. 17 2010 11:47 PM
greg bauer

I am thankful for the musical gift of the recording of Barbara Cook singing the "aria" "Glitter and Be Gay" from Leonard Bernstein's "Candide". Many excellent artists have sung the heck out of this song including Dawn Upshaw and Harolyn Blackwell. But in terms of sheer musicianship and nuance of technique, I believe Barbara Cook's recording on the original Cast album is unsurpassed in its genius

Nov. 17 2010 10:47 PM
lynn silberman

i'm grateful to be living in this country, in this city, listening (all day!) to wqxr. and my gratitude is especially for chamber music: by brahms, by faure, schubert, beethoven, mozart and all the others too numerous to mention. bach, unaccompanied. it all brings me a deep feeling of peace.

Nov. 17 2010 10:11 PM
miriam curnin from Larchmont, NY, USA


Nov. 17 2010 10:07 PM
jacqueline george from uniondale new york

i am grateful for aaron copland's applachian spring. in it is the chorale "tis a gift to be simple, tis is a gift to be free". that is what all americans should be grateful for, along with wqxr, of course. the hosts are great, thank you for the lovely music.

Nov. 17 2010 09:58 PM
Marilyn Brace

I am thankful for Bach's "Nun Danket Alle", or Now Thank We All Our God. It is a choral piece and also an organ transcription. Both are great.

Nov. 17 2010 09:24 PM
Denise from Yonkers, NY

I am grateful, and amazed, every day as I listen to WQXR, that I can partake in music that was composed hundreds of years ago. We talk of classical composers as if they were just with us. As I appreciate the evolution of music, I can't help but marvel at what's similar in some of the great pieces, such as Beethoven's Egmont Overture (my favorite) and great pieces by the Beatles, Rolling Stones, and Pink Floyd. I'm grateful to be living at a time when so much great creativity is so readily available. Thanks, QXR, for being an integral part of this cosmic experience.

Nov. 17 2010 09:04 PM
Jim Stewart from Rochester, NY

My first exposure to "classical" music was in the church and not our home. I was hooked from a very early age. The Durufle Requiem, with its sublime weaving of the traditional Latin chant into a lush 20th century setting, brings back many memories of my first musical encounters.
I'm grateful for WQXR, I'm a member and daily on-line listener at home and wherever I travel.

Nov. 17 2010 09:00 PM
Suzy Doob from Forest Hills Gardens

Grateful to Ernest Bloch's SACRED SERVICE and the great, spiritual adventure of having absorbed it to the point that it became mine, the very expression of my soul. "Though Jewish in its roots, this message seems to me above all a gift of Israel to the whole of mankind." When the opportunity came to perform this in 2008 with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra in Israel, it became the indisputable high point of my lengthy choral career.

Nov. 17 2010 08:41 PM
Reginald Brown from Brooklyn

Ombra Mai Fu
It brings tears to my eyes and moves my soul with its lush soaring melody on a bed of silky strings. I am transfixed. Thank you God and Handel for music, the lover of my soul.

Nov. 17 2010 08:40 PM
Ruth Hoernig from Newark, NJ

I listen all day to WQXR, from the time I get up till I go to bed at night. If I am near a radio, your station is playing.
I am grateful for classical music period, but if I must pick a work I pick Handel's Messiah. I first sang it while in high school and still have large parts of it memorized. I thought all week about what is my favorite part and I have narrowed it down to one chorus and several recitatives. I love "Great Was the Company of the Preachers", mainly because no one ever sings it, but I know it well.
My favorites, however, are the recitatives for soprano just preceding "Glory to God." I always wished I were a soprano like my sister, not a mezzo, so I could sing them.
Thanks for making my listening so enjoyable.

Nov. 17 2010 08:40 PM
Suzy Doob from Forest Hills Gardens

Most grateful for the many blessings of Mahler 3: for what the flowers in the meadow had to tell us, for what the beasts of the forest had to tell us, for what love (angels/God) had to tell us... our successive orders of being.

Nov. 17 2010 08:27 PM
lawrence schichtel from ridgefield park,nj 07660

Walt Disney's Fantasia was my introduction to classical musicover sixty years ago,which led to a lifelong love of classical music. I've listened to WQXR for most of my life and love it. I hope it stays on the air forever.Thank You!

Nov. 17 2010 08:19 PM
Suzy Doob from Forest Hills Gardens

Most grateful for The Great Gate of Kiev from Moussorgsky's PICTURES AT AN EXHIBITION which I heard at home for the first time at age eight. I was so moved by its majesty, I immediately asked my father to play it again (which made him cry from joy), climbed up on a step ladder in the kitchen and proceeded to conduct it! This is my first memory of a real visceral response to classical music, the beginning of a lifetime love affair.

Nov. 17 2010 08:09 PM
judy f from oceanside,NY from oceanside,NY

Tschaikovsky's Nutcracker Suite.
As a child, my mother took my sister and I to Lincoln Center, (and before that I think to City Center) to see the NYCB perform the ballet, Upon hearing the first notes of the scherzo, I 'd become excited. At approximately age 10, I was thrilled to be selected, first to attend the School of American Ballet and later on, to be in the NYCB show, as a boy,in the party scene and as a polichinelle (under Mother Ginger's skirt). It was like being in a party every time we performed the show! I had the time of my life!

Nov. 17 2010 07:54 PM
maddy from New York (

I am most grateful for any performance of the choral movement of Beethoven's 9th Symphony, but won't complain if you play the whole symphony. Overcome by greed, I can't help asking for one or two of Canteloube's lovely settings of the Chansons d'Auvergne?

Nov. 17 2010 07:44 PM
Arthur Cumming from Washington Township, NJ

My grandfather owned a radio store during the great depression and it was called Brooks and Cumming located at 212 Main Street, Hackensack. The business failed during those years but the love of music that my grandfather and grandmother instilled in my Father would bloom and flourish as he matured and then grew older. He was a dedicated audiphile all of his adult life and left a vast legacy of recordings and equipment, most of which is still in use. I was introduced to 78 rpm records which I played on a Hallicrafter short-wave radio with a turntable. The album he let me play with was the Nutcracker Suite by Tchaikowski. That event began an interest that has continued to this day. We went to Hi-Fi/Stereo consumer trade shows in the seventies and he built the most complex sound reproduction system I have ever seen. Although I understood its basics and principals, I was never able to make it play while I worked at his house.

Every time that I hear an exquisitly turned musical phrase, from Gregorian Chant to Celine Dion, from Stravinsky to Rogers and Hammerstein, I will think of and be grateful to my father for the wealth that he passed on to me and allowed me to share with him as an adult. We spent many happy hours enjoying and critiquing composers and performances. I absorbed so much in music and acoustics from him and loved every minute of it.
I am grateful to WQXR for the daily joy that it brings to me as I work and recently pledged so the music will continue. Many Many Thanks!!!

Nov. 17 2010 07:39 PM
Barry Owen Furrer

I am grateful for John Philip Sousa's suite, The Last Days Of Pompeii (1893) based on quotations from Edward Bulwer-Lytton's 1834 novel of the same name. Sousa's contemporary harmonic structure and tonal shading of various instruments make this 3-movement suite an aural and "visual" delight! Also, has anybody else noticed that the opening chord structure of Sousa's Semper Fidelis March (1888) is identical to the opening of Brahms' Symphony No. 3 (1883)?

Nov. 17 2010 07:35 PM
Piper Martz from New York

About seven years ago, my father had bought two tickets so that he could take my eldest sister, who was about 16, to Carnegie Hall. Being a typical rebellious teenager, she refused his proposal and stormed up to her room, leaving many slammed doors in her wake. Being young and ignorant of such music, I happily agreed to accompany him, having no clue where i was going to. Pictures at an Exhibition by Mussorgsky was the first classic concert that i had ever gone to, and maybe even the first classical piece that i had ever heard! It was magical and eye-opening, resulting in my obsession of classical music. Today, I am just about 16 years old; I go to about 5 classical concerts in New York City every year; I have never been more grateful for my bratty sister's tantrum, and more importantly, I am grateful for Mussorgsky, and his life changing piece.

Nov. 17 2010 07:27 PM
George Karustis

Brahms Violin Concerto

Listening to it had the power to snap me out of the deepest depression. Those of you who get depressed know how valuable this is.

Nov. 17 2010 07:21 PM
Anne C from Bronx, New York

I am grateful for all music, but particularly the music of Brahms. His Requiem is uplifiting and filled with hope. It's on the top of my playlist, and I've sung it a number of times. I also love his sonatas for cello and piano, particularly the first.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Nov. 17 2010 07:19 PM
Rachel Halfant

I am grateful for Leonard Bernstein's music for West Side Story. In the American Master's PBS biography of Bernstein, my heart broke when his children said he felt like a failure because his classical music was not taken as seriously as he wished, or was as well know (I'm paraphrasing what I remember). I feel that if he had written nothing besides West Side Story, he would have accomplished more than 98% of all the humans who ever lived and created. The man was a genius who created the most beautiful music and we are all lucky to have lived to hear all his works.

Nov. 17 2010 07:01 PM
Dottie Gutenkauf from Plainfield, NJ

I'm going to be 77 on Saturday and have listened to WQXR for most of my life. I'm grateful for Poulenc's Two-Piano Concerto--a gem that is too rarely played and a very special piece. And the Faure Requiem is one of my favorites--the Agnus Dei violin solo is heavenly.

Nov. 17 2010 06:52 PM
Carl Ian Schwartz from Paterson, New Jersey

I've been listening to WQXR since 1951. I fondly remember its live chamber-music program on Saturday evenings. One of my earliest memories was hearing Tschaikovsky's Violin Concerto on a Saturday afternoon while passing "Steamship Row" on the old West Side Highway.

I'd also like to suggest Brahms's Second Piano Trio (Stern, Rose, Istomin recording). It began my real interest in chamber music in high school.

Nov. 17 2010 06:31 PM
D Tremper from Maplewood, NJ

A piece I am grateful for is the lovely Moonlight Sonata. It was one of the few pieces of classical music we had a record of when I was growing up in the 50's. But I am more grateful to all the folks who introduced me to classical music as a child, for that is an incomparable treasure. Some of those are my parents, the church organist, and those endangered species, the public school music teachers, patient with us and passionate about music, like Mr Czubacki who taught violin, and Miss Rogers who took us to the old Met. Thank you.

Nov. 17 2010 06:27 PM
Steve Perdue from Traverse City, MI

Almost anything of Mozart's music I am grateful for, however, there is a favorite. Two of my daughter's, one a pianist and the other a soloist surprised me on a Father's day with a gorgeous "Laudate Dominum" ...knowing it brings me to my knees...and then surprised me again at the pianist daughter's wedding when the soloist daughter sang it with organ accompaniment by the bride's piano instructor from Interlochen.

Nov. 17 2010 04:52 PM
Bruce DiBiase from Morganville, NJ, 07751

I remember the profound impact Samuel Barber's Adagio for Strings had as I watched the Movie Platoon. Every time I hear this beautiful haunting work, I am reminded to be thankful for our military service men who have sacrificed so much for each one of us here in the USA. I am proud to be a WQXR supporter. You are the only radio station I listen to every day.

Nov. 17 2010 04:49 PM

I am grateful for anything by Bach, but especially the Cum Sancto from the
B Minor Mass.

It is full of spirit, and the momentum just keeps building after the first line, Cum santo spiritu in Gloria dei Patris. It is a celebration of life and I am exhilarated
by it.

Nov. 17 2010 02:14 PM
Debbie from Lincoln Park, NJ

My mother and I would commute back and forth from Jersey City, where she worked and I went to school, back to our home in Parlin. During our commute we would almost always listen to Tchaikovsky's Slavonic March, Vivaldi's Four Seasons and a rendition of Nessun Dorma by the late tenor Ludovic Spiess(what I belive to be the best). I was in high school and sharing this music together strengthened our bond and made me a lifelong devotee to classical music. I am 38 now and everytime my mother and I are in earshot of one of our signature pieces we light up like Christmas trees!!

Nov. 17 2010 01:56 PM
Betty from New Jersey

I can still remember the first time I heard Rodrigo's Fantasia para un Getilhombre. My boyfriend my freshman year of college was an amateur classical guitarist and had a cassette of Narciso Yepes that he put on one evening while he finished an assignment and I napped on his bed, waiting for him. I woke up to the second movement and was for a moment carried out of myself thinking how perfectly lovely the music was.

Twenty-five years and six children later that piece still reminds me of being young, carefree, and in love with my wonderful husband!

Nov. 17 2010 12:05 PM
Bill from Boonton, NJ

It is hard for me to choose the music I am most grateful for but my list comes down to two pieces by Ralph Vaughan Williams, Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis and The Lark Ascending. While they each evoke completely different emotions I can listen to either work at any time.

Nov. 17 2010 12:02 PM
Vivian from Manhasset, NY

I am thankful for WQXR, my musical companion for many hours over many years. I don't know what I'd do without it. For Thanksgiving, I'd love to hear as much of the magnificent Joshua Bell as humanly possible! Bountiful harvest, everyone!

Nov. 17 2010 11:54 AM
Richard Rosenbluth

I am grateful, as are many respondents, to the great and varied richness of music available to us regularly on WQXR. I am grateful for the memories of this station when I first began to listen many years ago to Jacques Fray in the afternoons after school.
As for a specific piece, for me nothing quite equals the great Bach D minor Chaconne. God's voice, indeed.

Nov. 17 2010 11:27 AM
Sam Goodyear from Millburn, NJ

Mozart's Six Variations in g Minor on the French air "Helas, j'ai perdu mon amant" K.360 lavishly display his many sides: tenderness, anguish, drama, playfulness, optimism, innocence, and infinite invention. Listening to them is a journey through the universe. Triviality and irrelevance vanish. At the return to the present moment, perspective is restored and the soul is nourished once again by the experience of wonder and deep, deep pleasure. The performance by Daniel Barenboim and Itzhak Perlman on Deutsche Grammophon is particularly fine.
Many thanks~
Sam Goodyear

Nov. 17 2010 11:15 AM
George Jochnowitz

Rossini is the composer whose music fills one with happiness. Joyous compositions are the greatest form of music. The William Tell Overture, especially the final section with the "Lone Ranger" theme from the days of radio, is what thrills me.
Another exhilarating piece of music is Offenbach's cancan theme from Orpheus in the Underworld. Offenbach is an underrated composer, but he knew how to make people happy with his music.

Nov. 17 2010 09:45 AM
Patricia Raya from Princeton, NJ

I am grateful for Elsa's Procession to the Cathedral. As a musician myself, I have played this piece many times. And no matter how many times I hear it, I find it powerful and soothing all at the same time. A magnificent piece.

Nov. 17 2010 07:23 AM
Marcie Straley from Howell, NJ

I am grateful for Jean-Philippe Rameau's La Villageoise. Listening to it fills me with the warmth of the oven and the savory aromas of turkey, sage, and rosemary wafting through the house on Thanksgiving.

Nov. 16 2010 11:10 PM
Sharron Eisenthal from New York, New York

Thanks to Verdi's La Traviata, I had the thrill of having a gorgeous magenta taffeta gown custom-made for me to wear as a member of the chorus. It was the hey-day of The Bronx Opera Company and we had received a fabulous grant that allowed these costumes to be made just for us! This was in the early 1970's, and even today I remember nearly every word of the English score. How grateful I am for those memories and for that glorious music always with me wherever I go.

Nov. 16 2010 07:36 PM
Bob from Huntington,NY

I'm grateful for just about any piece composed by Vaughan Williams. When I was young I was fortunate to play some of his band music (English Folk Song Suite). Later I heard more of his beautiful music that incorporated folk melodies and modal harmonies. His music seems to reflect the wonders of this world (such as Autumn foliage or even a beautiful person). Happy Thanksgiving to all.

Nov. 16 2010 05:52 PM
James Marshall from Noisy Manhattan

I'm grateful for John Cage's Four minutes, thirty-three seconds of silence.

Nov. 16 2010 05:01 PM
irene panagakos from new jersey

I think I could listen to Ravel's Bolero all day long and not tire of it. The repetitivess and hauntingly beautiful melody thrills me through and through. I am grateful to whomever or whatever inspired Ravel to write this magnificent piece.

Nov. 16 2010 04:14 PM
Richard Newburger from New York, NY

I first heard Debussy themes applied to a film by David O. Selznick called "Portrait of Jennie." His haunting "Girl with the Flaxen Hair" and playful "Arabesques I & II" underscore the story of a painting that came to hang in The Metropolitan Museum of Art. I never imagined that I would eventually work in that very institution. I'm grateful this Thanksgiving for a fulfilling Museum career and those works by Debussy that compliment it.

Nov. 16 2010 04:12 PM
Martina from The Lehigh Valley, PA

I am so grateful for Vivaldi's Four Seasons. I find it uplifting and soothing at the same time. I listen to it whenever I'm stressed or feeling a little blue and I quickly feel lighter in mind, body and soul.

I am also grateful that WQXR streams on the web as there is no classical music station out here. I don't know how I'd get through my work day without you!

Nov. 16 2010 04:00 PM
Deborah from Yonkers, NY

I am grateful for Barber's Adagio for Strings. My first memory of hearing it was in the film "The Deer Hunter" and since then, its haunting beauty transports me to being in the woods and often reminds me of loss. The organist who played at my Mother's memorial service in August, played a lovely version on a tiny pump organ in a small church on an island in Maine. It made me thankful for my Mother, for the gift of the island home she gave her children and for still beauty of the music.

Nov. 16 2010 02:54 PM
Ed from Glen Head, NY

Jupiter, from Holst's "The Planets" always sounds appropriate around this time of year - it is very festive, and it sounds like something that would be played at a great (Thanksgiving or otherwise) feast.

I am thankful for all music, no matter what the style, for it makes the world a much richer and happier place.

Nov. 16 2010 01:12 PM

I recently heard Spiegel im Spiegel for the first time, and loved it. I just watched a video with the music in the background. Splendid

Nov. 16 2010 01:09 PM
ZZembower from State College, PA

I am grateful for the internet which provides daily immersion into WQXR's wonderful world. R.V.Williams "Serenade to Music" (hopefully with voices) always delights.

Nov. 16 2010 01:07 PM
Brian Heinz from Ridgewood, NY

For the past 5 years of my daughter Chloe Sunshine's life I have attempted to expose her to a diversity of music. And from Brandenburg to Jethro Tull, from lulling Shakuhachi's to Ravi Shankar, by her request we return again and again to Guiseppe Tartini's Violin Concerto's, especially at bedtime. My gratitude is endless for being exposed to this wonderous composer whom I would've know nothing of if not for WQXR and for Ariadne Daskalakis's recording of. Within the opening moments of the concerto in E
I am immediately swept away into another almost timeless world of beauty and curiosity as to what dreaming images my daughter is experiencing.

Nov. 16 2010 12:42 PM
Ginger Bramson from New York, NY

I'm grateful for Dido's Lament, especially as sung by Janet Baker. And I'm grateful for recording, so that even a quarter of a century after Janet Baker's retirement we can still be touched by that glorious performance.

Nov. 16 2010 11:16 AM
Joserh H

I amy greatfull for the music that takes me home anywhere I hear it things likr Gerald Finzi's ECLOGUE FOR PIANO AND STRINGS and Mozart's 12 VARIATIONS ON 'AH VOUS DIRAI-JE, MAMAN and Tobias Picker's OLD AND LOST RIVERS Thank you for being there my great love to everyone at WQXR!

Nov. 16 2010 11:09 AM
David from Glen Cove, NY

Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme by
Johann Sebastian Bach
made my rainy Tuesday feel like a Saturday morning -- sunny, slow to wake up, relaxed and indulgent!

Nov. 16 2010 10:34 AM
Elmore from New York, NY

The Rob Roy Overture by Berlioz always gets my blood moving, makes me feel I'm part of a 19th century novel or a 1930s movie with Errol Flynn. Love that piece.

Nov. 16 2010 09:30 AM
Megan from Long Island, Nassau

As a horn player, there have been so many works that my heart has been attached to, mainly by composers Johannes Brahms and Richard Strauss, both orchestral and chamber/solo literature. But it wasn't until recently when a friend suggested Henryk Gorecki's Symphony No. 3- Symphony of Sorrowful Songs, which text is based three historic poems. In light of his recent passing, I think it is best appropriate to thank him for his complete dedication to music, and his respect for victims of wars throughout the centuries.

Nov. 16 2010 09:17 AM
Elaine from Brooklyn, NY

I am grateful everyday, no matter where I am, to be able to turn on WQXR and hear the glorious music you play. I adore the hosts (and have a bit of a crush on Jeff Spurgeon). But the piece that opened my eyes, ears, and heart this year is Jacqueline Du Pre playing Elgar's Concerto (Philadelphia Orchestra, Barenboim). She plays like a woman possessed and transports me in the process. Thank you.

Nov. 16 2010 07:58 AM
Julia from Kearny, NJ

I feel that clasical music runs through my life since the very begining during my childhood till to day! Very difficult task to choose ..I love all clasical music but one of my favorite is: Meditation from the opera Thais / J.Massenet.
I am very grateful to WQXR, my every day life not wil lbe the same with out you guys!
Love you all :)

Nov. 16 2010 07:06 AM
Cindy Legorreta from Union Square

My husband, family, and I have been through much in the last few years - some very tough times as well as happy ones. Our three cats, oddly enough... have continued to remind us to stay positive and, try and include laughter through the dark days, not always an easy task. Once I remember a particularly bleak afternoon, when we were worrying on a pressing financial matter. Then, as I looked up, I saw our cats frantically chasing one of their toys down the hall, the others rapidly joining in. Pretty soon the living room looked like a three ring circus at full tilt! We started to chuckle, then it became utterly hilarious. Our radio was tuned to WQXR. The music underscoring this feline free for all? Khatchaturian's SABRE DANCE!! This particular piece has been used in tv commercials before, but NEVER was it more spot on than at that moment in our lives, when all seemed so grim. I am thankful for my pets, the humor and hope they brought to that dreadful time. And to WQXR for unknowingly providing a perfect soundtrack to chase away the blues and help us get on with life.

Nov. 16 2010 06:32 AM
Francisco Miranda from New York City.

Turning back the clock, when I was 9 years old, Claudio Arrau gave me one of his first newly-released LPs - Liszt B-minor Piano Sonata; Benediction to God in the Solitude; Waldesrauchen and Gnomenreigen. He signed it "Tio Claudio" because my dad studied with him and I also got to know him personally. It was this gesture that inspired me really learn piano. So I am grateful to Claudio Arrau for his generous gift to me. The first piece I listened to when I opened up the album was the Benediction. I would love to hear it again as my way of saying thank you.

Nov. 15 2010 06:50 PM
Alan Hollander from Long Island

In the not to distant past New York was able to support two classical radio stations, WQXR and WNCN. Every weekday morning my during my commute WNCN played "Blow Thi Horn Jolly Hunter"
I would (and still) get a chill up and down my spin when I listen to this music. For just a brief moment I envision myself living in the 16th century riding throught the English countryside, inhaling the cool fresh air surrounded by baying hounds.

Nov. 15 2010 05:11 PM
John F. from Oakhurst, NJ

If I had to choose just one, it would be Faure's Requiem. It paints with quiet confidence a picture of life after death in the presence of a loving God.

Nov. 15 2010 03:11 PM
Eileen from New York, NY

Thank You! Thank You! This AM while driving into work I hear Jeff announce what I had written and the piece that was going to be played next. As I was almost at work I turned up the volume in the car and proceeded to listen to this most wonderous piece. I arrived, and sat in the parking lot while it finished. I was ready to face the day! Thank you Jeff, Programming and the wonderful people that run WQXR - I love you all!!!!!!

Nov. 15 2010 01:27 PM
Kathy Sheehan from Poughkeepsie, NY

Bob was a gifted musician and he died in July. We spent much time on Shaker sacred ground in the Berkshires - he loved " 'tis a Gift to Be Simple" (although he was far from simple!) Also a talented knitter, "That Sheep May Safely Graze" was a favorite - I have a pair of socks he knit from Merino wool sheard from the sheep at Hancock Shaker Village. I'm grateful for 17 years of memories, many of them muscial.

Nov. 15 2010 12:38 PM
lynne quagliata from Westbury, New York

I must always stop and listen when The Lark Ascending (Ralph Vaughan Williams) is played on the radio. I have to close my eyes and my soul begins to sparkle. I am that lark or a fortunate young woman working in the field who has captured the beautiful bird's ascent. The song itself is so sweet, taking me to heights of euphoria. It is like a prayer of the most precious kind. I am thankful to have the ears to hear this and thankful that such music has been written. I am grateful everyday for the quality of my life, but The Lark Ascending connects my gratefulness to my soul. It is beyond beautiful.

Nov. 15 2010 12:33 PM
Carol Lyons from Irvington, NY

Gluck's Melody from Orfeo and Eurodice was all mine from the first time I heard it on WQXR.
Then, coincidentally, a short time later, Gluck's Melody was on WQXR as I drove to my very first piano lesson.
Imagine my surprise when I saw a Balenchine short ballet to the music of Gluck's Melody that was presented on November 7, 2010 at SUNY, Purchase, NY.

Nov. 15 2010 10:01 AM
Edward from Morris Twp., NJ

Yesterday I was returning home from my parish where I celebrate Mass, and was lsitening to the studio recording of "My Fair Lady" with John Mauceri. "The Embassy Waltz" struck me as one of Frederick Loewe"s most beautiful compositions. The while musical is my favorite. But this piece seems to offer the best of a string orchestra with the added texture of the winds. And who doesn't love a waltz? So even show music is deeply rooted in the classical music world. Loewe shows his brilliance as a composer of the highest calibre in which he crosses genres, suing phrases from the show. I'm grateful this this American composer (& his whitty lyrcist Alan Jay Lerner) for such lush music that reminds me of a Mozart or Haydn symphony. My ride home was that much more pleasant on a Sunday morning! There are so many pieces for which I'm grateful, but this is my pick for 2010! "You did it!"

Nov. 15 2010 09:54 AM
Amy Johnson from Jersey City, NJ

Samuel Barber's exquisite song "Sure on this shining night" is not only a work to be deeply grateful for, but actually a work about gratitude. American composer, American lyricist (the distinguished James Agee). Gerard Finley has recorded it beautifully, with Julian Drake at the piano.

Nov. 15 2010 09:50 AM
Lynn Foltz from Wilmington DE

I listen online from Wilmington, DE. One of the benefits of recovering from back surgery is having more time to listen. As a longtime choral singer, there are many pieces I'm grateful for, and it's hard to pick one, so here are two: Randall Thompson's Alleluia for the exquisite depth slowly revealed; and Cum Sancto Spiritu from Vivaldi's Gloria -- such exuberance is irresistible.

Nov. 15 2010 08:54 AM
Carol from Bronxville, NY

I'm grateful for "The Lark Ascending" by Ralph Vaughan Williams. I can't think of a piece of music that inspires me more.

Nov. 15 2010 08:23 AM
Greg G. from Warwick, NY

I am grateful for Rachmaninoff's Symphony No. 2. In times of sadness the Adagio movement, which I think is one of the most beautiful pieces of music ever composed, always comforts me and raises me up.

Nov. 15 2010 07:52 AM
Gev Sweeney

Wow, what music am I NOT grateful for!? Monterverdi's Vespers of 1610 and Aarvo Paart's Spiegel im Spiegel are up there together--the Monteverdi because it provided a comforting backdrop to all the tragedies in my life, and the Paart because we used it for a book trailer, with results that were unexpected and joyful.

Nov. 15 2010 07:24 AM
Elmore from New York, NY

Jupiter from Holst's the Planets always gives me hope and courage--I turn up the volume as loud as it will go.

Nov. 15 2010 07:20 AM
Mallory C. Loehr from Brooklyn, NY

I am grateful for the way music runs through my life, how hearing certain artists brings clear memories and how music interconnects generations and very different kinds of people. Specifically: The Beatles for connecting my childhood family now and forever; Madonna for singing the soundtrack of my adolescence and beyond; the Barenaked Ladies, Alison Kraus, Norah Jones, and tango waltzes for bringing me closer to my husband; Julie Andrews beloved by my young children, as she was by me as a child.
My life would not be the same without you.

Nov. 15 2010 06:32 AM
Carol Luparella from Elmwood Park, NJ

The Gratitude Project is such a wonderful idea; I hope you continue to do this every year! I am grateful that WQXR is still on the air and that it is a publicly supported station - it is now even better than before! Please play for me on Thanksgiving the Symphony #3 by Anton Bruckner. Also, since you are now a commercial-free station and don't have so many time constraints, it would be great to hear more works by Bruckner and Mahler during your regular daytime programming schedule. Thanks and have a blessed holiday!

Nov. 14 2010 07:41 PM
Nora Walsh from Chestnut Ridge, NY

When I was 14 years old, I took an LP out of the library because I liked the jacket cover. It was Aaron Copland's Third Symphony. I couldn't stop listening to it, even stayed home "sick" from school the next day to listen to it over and over. Since that day, everything Copland stops me in my tracks. I can't listen to his music casually, he always has my full attention. Whenever I hear his music on WQXR, it feels like a "simple gift", but a priceless one that takes me away from the busyness of life to a place where I remember who I am. Happy Birthday Mr. Copland. I am so grateful you were born.

Nov. 14 2010 11:40 AM
Mary-Jane Oltarzewski from New Jersey, the Garden of Diversity

I am grateful for the entire catalog of N.Y.'s own Aaron Copland, but since I am trying to pick only one, I'm going to give thanks for having had the opportunity, earlier this year, to see a lovely production of his opera The Tender Land. I can't think of a nicer sentiment, as we wrap up the harvest season and look forward to the holy holidays and the winter solstice, and move onward toward the next year of our lives, than that expressed in "The Promise of Living."

Nov. 14 2010 11:14 AM
Marie Moser from New York, NY

I am grateful for Handel's "Hallelujah Chorus" because it is wonderful to hear and exciting to sing, as well.

One of my earliest intoductions to classical music was "The Nutcracker Suite", which makes me imagine the dancing that happens in its performance.

My limited knowledge of opera began with "Madame Butterfly", and later in a college music appreciation class I learned more by listening to a recording of "Luca di Lamamoor" featuring Joan Sutherland.

And on and on including "Rhapsody in Blue," Bach's "Jesu, Joy of Man's Desire", and any aria sung by Pavarotti.

Nov. 14 2010 10:42 AM
bob from NY NY

Just scrolled down the comments Satie's 1st, 2nd. 3rd gymnopedie has figured in several folks' lives.

Me too. I came home late from work one evening. My wife was listening to 'QXR (it has been on almost everyday for fifty years plus{philco radio, 1560 AM no FM then})

The opening chords of #1, its ethereal beauty almost knocked me off my pins. So many memories, so many.

Nov. 13 2010 03:53 PM
robert a from new york city

!945. a 14 year old boy. His two young brothers. His daddy walking through the front door returning from the Pacific Theater after three years away.Mom puts on a recording (78s then) of Mahler's "Songs of a Wayfarer". Schwartzkoff?? Dad's favorite. There he was in full uniform with those dazzling ribbons. WE ALL CRIED. I do till thjs day when I hear "Ging heute Morgan........"

Nov. 13 2010 01:39 PM
Reignette Chilton from Manhattan

The chorus, "He watching over Israel, slumbers not," from Mendelssohn's oratorio, Elijah, is a blessing and wonderful source of comfort. And I am thankful for a loving and caring God each time I hear it.

Thankful, too, for the wonderful folks at WQXR who, each day, share their love f music with us. It's obvious, and I am grateful.

Nov. 13 2010 11:27 AM
JJ Taylor from Ramsey, NJ

I am grateful for Prokofiev's Piano Concerto # 3. My mother's music world was bound by church music, hymns, Chopin, and Beethoven. Nothing wrong there, but a very narrow view of the world of music. Prokofiev, Mussorgsky, Poulenc, etc. etc. opened my ears to a vast and glorious array of sound. The Russians never appealed to my mother, but I finally won her over to the delights of Debussy and Ravel.

Nov. 13 2010 11:26 AM
John Blasdale from Whippany NJ

Beethoven’s last piano sonata, C Minor op. 111. I started studying it at age 17, and first performed it in public at age 19 (my second weekend at university, where I was studying Natural Sciences). I have generally had it or one of its companions (opp. 109 and 110) active in my repertory since. I’ve often performed it at amateur concerts or in amateur competitions. It is profound, inexhaustible.

Nov. 13 2010 10:36 AM
Carol Jochnowitz from New York City

I am grateful for Pachelbel's Canon!

Nov. 12 2010 09:08 PM
R Greene from Philadelphia, PA

Lyric for Strings by George Walker deserves a thankful listen. It is also a beautiful slow movement from an early string quartet.

Nov. 12 2010 08:26 PM
Fran White from Basking Ridge, New Jersey

I am grateful for Puccini, Pavarotti and WQXR. Hearing the Maestro singing Puccini's arias thrills me as if it were the first time I heard such music. Grazie mille!

Nov. 12 2010 08:11 PM
Barbara Rubinstein from Riverdale, NY

Since Schubert's "Trout" quintet has always been my favorite, it was decided that it would be played at my wedding. On July 17, 1955, my family's best friend, concert pianist Vivian Rivkin, brought with her the members of the WQXR String Quartet and they played the "Trout" at my wedding. How memorable can you get? It has been 55 years, and my husband and I are so grateful for the memories!!

Nov. 12 2010 07:43 PM
John McCabe from New York City

If I’m unhappy, irritated, annoyed or stressed (especially stressed), I listen to Ah perdona al primo affetto from Mozart’s La Clemenza di Tito, and I’m transformed into a calm, happy, and very grateful person.

Nov. 12 2010 02:54 PM
SGabris from Somewhere in NYC

I am thankful for the first time I heard Vivaldi's Gloria. It was when I played alternate Oboe for a community orchestra in Montana. I thought it was the most uplifting piece of music I ever heard (other than Beethoven's 9th Symphony). The beautiful oboe/vocal solo "Domine Deus Patris" brings a tear to my eye everytime I hear it.

Nov. 12 2010 02:42 PM
Holly from Westfield, NJ

I am grateful for Bach's Brandenburg Concertos. It made me love classical music and search out your station several years ago. I began playing classical music for my elementary students while they worked, and they never complained. My own children listen to WQXR with me in the car, listening for the different instruments. I am also grateful for your station. Thank you.

Nov. 12 2010 02:27 PM
Bill Slater from Brooklyn, NY

I am grateful for J.S. Bach - The Well-Tempered Clavier, Prelude & Fugue I, as played by Sviatoslav Richter. It is the closest I get to "God."

Nov. 12 2010 01:54 PM
Yasmin from Garden City, NY

Hi, Midge!

I'm a new listener- (just a few months before you went to 105.9)
I listen all day at work and in the early AM if I waken before 5AM.
I REALLY enjoy the string instruments, and I listen for them daily.
Keep up the wonderful work-what a blessing you are, relaxing and soothing!
Thank you, WQXR!

Nov. 12 2010 01:54 PM
Carolyn from NYC

and some more.......

Allegrie's Miserere
Monteverdi Magnificat from Vespers 1610
Anything from Jordi Savall - Hesperion XX
Rachmaninoff 2nd Symphony
Rachmaninoff Russian Vespers
Phillip Glass - the Hours
Sheharazade - Rimsky-Korsikov
Casta Diva - Joan Sutherland

I have more..........

Nov. 12 2010 01:28 PM
Marinela Nicolescu from Ramsey NJ

This year I am grateful to the young tenor Juan Diego Florez. I discovered him in early spring on WQXR and since then his singing (beautiful voice, impecable technique, brilliant coloratura) brought me many hours of joy.
I would be very happy to hear his composition "Santo" from his recently released CD on the radio.

Nov. 12 2010 12:50 PM
Catherine Daudier

A particular piece of music?? - not possible.
How to pick from an opera aria, a Beethoven symphony, Mozart, Bach - even Piaf singing "non, je ne regrette rien" . . . . or anything by Brel . . . or Ferre singing Pauvre Ruteboef . . . .

Depending on the day, the time, the company, the mood - a classical piece, a moment in opera, a French song can take my soul. And for the wealth of such occasions, I am deeply grateful.

Nov. 12 2010 11:34 AM

WQXR has been a constant companion since childhood where the station provided a backdrop for my family life. The hosts, their knowledge and storytelling and of course, the beautiful music fill me with gratitude. One of my joyful favorites: Concerto for violin, strings & continuo No. 2 in E major, BWV 1042: Allegro assai
Played by Christin Altenberger

Nov. 12 2010 11:04 AM
Brenda Caronia from Riverdale, NY

I love all of WQXR's beautiful music and commentators. Your are all so soulful and kind.
On this Thanksgiving I would very much like to hear Finlanda.
I wish everyone a healthy and peaceful holiday.
Best regards

Nov. 12 2010 10:19 AM
Peter A. Lynn from New York City

I am thankful for the recording of the Brandenburg Concertos done by Richard Kapp and the Philharmonia Virtuosi. First, I love the interpretation, especially the way the trumpet soars over everything else in parts of the Second Concerto. Second, for about a year I thought that I had lost my hearing in the upper registers because I didn't hear that trumpet stand out. Then I found the Kapp disc, which I had misplaced, and now I know that there is nothing wrong with my hearing.

Nov. 12 2010 09:02 AM
Vicki Slockbower from Montvale, NJ

I enjoyed listening to Victory Stride & turning me onto the music of James P. Johnson. It is delightful. It wakes me up & makes me want to enjoy the day

Nov. 12 2010 08:34 AM
David Oratz

I am grateful for Beethoven's pastoral symphony. As a youngster, I saw Walt Disney's Fantasia, with it's visual accompaniment for the music, and forever afterward I associate the last movement with the dawning of a new day, and with new light, brightness and hope.

Nov. 12 2010 05:44 AM
Carol Jochnowitz

I am grateful for Pachebel's Canon.

Nov. 11 2010 06:54 PM
Deborah Stone from New York City

The Poulenc Sonata for Flute and Piano. My mother, who recently died at the age of 100, played chamber music, and I remember hearing her practice this piece years ago, as I was drifiting off to sleep at night. Whenever I hear it, I remember this, and am thankful for having had the experience. It's such a gorgeous piece of music.

Nov. 11 2010 04:14 PM
Jack from North Bergen, NJ

I loved classical since early childhood..My dad used to play games with classical music on my birthdays. My best friend's nickname was Tosca.

Mussorgsky's Pictures at An Exhibition always brings me to tears during the Great Gates of Kiev. I am not sure why...I guess its my russian blood. I especially love the RCA Living Stereo LP with Fritz Reiner conducting the Chicago Symph. Orch.

More recently I discovered and fell in love with early music. especially Jordi Savall and Hesperion XXI.

Nov. 11 2010 03:44 PM
Anne Barschall from Tarrytown, NY

I am grateful that Josh Groban is breathing new life into classical music. I am grateful that he has just released a new classical single this week, L'Ora Dell'Addio. We don't very often think about the possibility of getting a classical single into the top 40, but we have a shot at it here. Let's make it happen. Let's take classical music out of storage and bring it to the forefront.

Nov. 11 2010 03:15 PM
Arthur Kaye from NYC

phone doesn't work.

Nov. 11 2010 01:29 PM
Dick Blumenthal from Suffern, NY

I fell in live with Classical music in college, when I came across an album of the Manfred Symphony by Tchaikovsky. I inage enthralled me, and the music then In my college years moved me deeply, and I'm grateful for that intoduction to classical music.However in later years when my knowledge classical music broaden, what really grabbed my attention and love was a recording of Les Nuit D'Ete. by Berlioz and sung by Eleanor Steber. I was absolulty stunned by the beauty and passion of the song cycle and by her singing. It has stayed with me to this day and for that I am grateful as well

Nov. 11 2010 11:02 AM
Elizabeth from Northern Manhattan

My Mother recently passed away and I'm grateful for all of the music she introduced to me. Beethoven especially comes to mind as well as Tchaikovsky. Her introducing me to great classical music has sent me on an ongoing journey exploring all kinds of music. Thanks Mom!

Nov. 11 2010 10:18 AM
Rosanna from NYC

I'm grateful for Mendelssohn's Symphony no.2, "Hymn of Praise", which incorporates the familiar hymn, "Nun danket alle Gott"--"Now thank we all our God". It reminds me of my high school chorister days, and my path to discovery of J.S. Bach's cantatas, motets, and masses. The joyous, celebratory, consoling, and uplifting qualities in these two masters' works help me to prevail over chronic illness. "Wir danken Dir, Gott, wir danken Dir"-- Bach's cantata BWV 29!

Nov. 10 2010 11:52 PM
Laura Fleischer from Queens, New York

My two favorite music pieces are the Brandenburg Concerto No. 3 by Bach and the Act I, Scene 5 from The Nutcracker ballet.

I've loved opera and classical music since I was very little and I'm now 17 years old. I love listening to WQXR. I listen to it as I ride the bus going to school and coming home. It brings me peace in this city that seems to have forgotten a lot of the true beauty in the music world. Thank you and a happy holiday season to everyone. :)

Nov. 10 2010 10:55 PM

Mozart Piano concerto #20 in d minor. Like all of Mozart's other stuff, it's pretty good. More specifically, Brendel's version, though anybody else's version (provided it be post 1955) would be nice.

Nov. 10 2010 07:35 PM
Philip from Oakhurst NJ

I am grateful for so many wonderful pieces of music but if I have to pick just one it would be Edward Elgars Enigma Variations IX (Adagio) "Nimrod". Not really sure why but this song moves me so much. It evokes feelings that i can not even explain.

Nov. 10 2010 07:18 PM
Sheldon I. Aptekar from North Woodmere, NY

From my maternal grandfather who only played 78rpms on a crank up Victorola I learned to appreciate clasical music and the voice of Enrico Caruso. My mother introducted me to Opera and light opera. My fatrher loved folk songs and encouraged me to play a musical instrument. Classical music has been part of my life for over 65 years and WQXR has been my favorite listening stations over 50 years. Pleae keep up the work as it reflects the high wuality of life!
My wife and I love Bethoven's Seventh Symphony and had the Moon Light Sonata played at our wedding.

Nov. 10 2010 06:02 PM
John DiNardo from Towaco, New Jersey

I'm now listening to the Prelude to Act I, from Richard Wagner's Lohengrin. Ethereal, Exhilarating, Inspiring, Majestic, Glorious, Dynamic, Wide-Ranging, Invigorating, and Spiritual. Listen for yourself, while looking out your window to the east on a spectacular morning sunrise.

Nov. 10 2010 05:13 PM
Sue from New Rochelle

Music has been a part of my life since forever, & its effects & importance increase as time goes on. It's constantly in the background, & has been a source of support in difficult times.
I am especially grateful for Dvorak's New World Symphony, which I have been well acquainted with since we 'dissected' it in 8th grade music class, & the works of Salomone Rossi, who I learned about in college.

Nov. 10 2010 04:49 PM
Michael Meltzer

I am grateful for the miracles performed by music in the reconciliation with all the adversities of life, and for the extraordinary guidance toward that end provided in advance as a legacy to us from Johannes Brahms.
Whether one is experiencing separation, bereavement, danger, failure, solitude, misunderstanding, frustration or any other negative, there are emotions that often overwhelm, and chaos that comes from the emotions. There is no emotion known to humankind that cannot be expressed in music in a beautiful way.
Music cannot ever change the facts, but I compare it to a comb that runs through the emotional "hair," clearing tangles, straightening things out, putting everything in its proper place. Where there was chaos before, the experience of music leaves us calm and with a new sense of perspective, even a suspicion that the world can make sense.
I can't think of any composer more in touch with the pains and perplexities of human existence than Brahms. When I was much younger, his Intermezzo in E-flat minor, op.118, #6 (largo e mesto) took me through an otherwise unbearable period of mourning. His piano works, his motets, his chamber music, his symphonies and his songs, for me answer every personal call.

Nov. 10 2010 04:25 PM
lori golden from Old Brookville, Ny

In our household, we particularly enjoyed the playlist for November 9th and listened all day.

Nov. 10 2010 04:02 PM
Carolyn from NYC

First and foremost - for my Mother who taught me to sing and love music, and I've never stopped loving, my mother, singing or music! My list of favorites I am thankful for...just for starts....
Flagstad's "Liebestod"
Nillson's "Starke Scheite"
Prokovief's Romeo and Juliette
Beethoven's Choral Fantasy (Brendel)
Monteverdi - anything by him!
Russian Easter Overture
Caballe's "tu che le vanita"
Price's "vissi d'arte"
Mozart's "Ave verum corpus"
more?....... got more!!

Nov. 10 2010 02:37 PM
Baebara from Sayville, NY

I have grown up with WQXR for the last 63 years and now find myself at a loss since I live too far out on Long Island to receive your signal ,however I have my computer tuned to you during my school day so that my students can appreciate true classical; music. It keeps my day flowing evenly no matter what happens. My favorite music is any symphony by Beethove or Rachmaninoff. My father was atrained classical pianist and played every night while I was going to sleep as a child. I have fond memories of listening to the opera on Saturdays with my father and following along with the scores. Thank you for the great music that makes my days.

Nov. 10 2010 01:26 PM
Claire Edwards from New York City

Serenade to Music. Ralph Vaugh Williams' "thank you" to God for the great gift of music. To me, this work is the very evocation of peace.

Nov. 10 2010 11:17 AM
valerie Ramshur from weehawken, NJ

Erik Satie: Gymnopedie No.1-or Gnossienne
my father passed away last year and these will always remind me of our long foggy drives together along the california coast together. my father would talk about different styles music and composers lives. These pieces are both haunting and comforting.
I am so grateful for these pieces of music and the memories that come alive for me when i hear them.

Nov. 10 2010 10:45 AM
elizabeth apley

Anything by either Bach and Wagner is wondeerful

Nov. 10 2010 10:10 AM
Kathy gibbons

I love the christmas music the WQXR
plays. it is wonderful to listen to during the season.

Nov. 10 2010 09:46 AM
KAREN A. LANGRO from Queens, New York

What I have to be grateful for is that this station is still on the air. Giving me so much muscial pleasure. I donate as much as often as I can. It's money well spent. When I heard that the New York Post sold the station. I said a Pox on them! But it the station got saved. Some of my favorite composers are Bach, Mozart, Hayde etc. I would like to hear something from all of them, but I know that there is just so much time. So I would like to hear on Thanksgiving Bach's Brandenburg Concerto No. 1. thanks

Nov. 10 2010 09:44 AM
Richard L Dunklee Jr from Laurel Springs, NJ

When I need to “get out of myself” or to relax and meditate I have 4 songs on my IPOD that I regularly listen to over and over. They are:
1. Antonin Dvorak - The 9th Symphony, The New World, 2nd movement.
2. Ralph Vaughan Williams – Concerto for Violin and Orchestra, The Lark Ascending, Performed by Hillary Hahn.
3. Alexander Borodin – The Steppes of Central Asia.
4. Johan Strauss II – Roses from the South.

These compositions are just so calming and relaxing that no matter what is troubling me within a few bars my mind is clear and relaxed.

If I need a “pick me up” just give me Tchaikovsky’s Festival Coronation March and the 1812 Overture with cannons.

Nov. 10 2010 09:29 AM
Robyn from Waldwick, NJ

I am grateful for Franz Litz's Hungarian Rhapsody #2 that I first heard done by Tom and Jerry - Was my first introduction to classical music and I haven't looked back since. I am grateful for Beethoven's 9th Symphony - even if the first time I heard that was on the soundtrack of "A Clockwork Orange" that my best friend gave me for a 16th birthday present. And last, but certainly not least, I am grateful for Hector Berlioz's Symphonie Fantastique, which helped me through some rough times in college.

Nov. 10 2010 09:07 AM
Sara Utterback Pafford from Nanuet, NY (originally from Memphis, TN)

My favorite piece of organ music is Widor's Toccata, from his Symphony for Organ No. 5 and it always brings tears to my eyes. I am grateful for this music because my father was present at my sisters wedding when I first heard it. I had the same organist play it at my wedding, even though my father had already died, it brought joy to think he had been there and heard that wonderful sound.

Nov. 10 2010 09:04 AM

Beethoven - 9th Symphony. From adversity, triumph.

Nov. 10 2010 08:56 AM
K. Sinkowsky

I am grateful for Beethoven's 7th Symphony. The first time I heard it, I was wrapped in a grey cloud of uncertainty, longing and anxiety - I felt alone in this alienating world. The music reached inside my soul and kept me company. The cloud was lifted.

Nov. 10 2010 08:13 AM
Silversalty from Brooklyn

It's a time when too many of us have little to be grateful for, making a holiday like Thanksgiving something of a dodge on reality. Maybe even a con.

Any sense of gratitude I've got (in terms of the theme of this thread) is directed towards those among us that make an effort to extend good spirit to others. That may be the likes of pianists like Glenn Gould and Oscar Peterson (what an event it would have been for those two to have played together) or the bar performers I've seen and heard, that give whatever talent they have to ease and please the souls of others. I remember a guy who performed at a bar karaoke night who belted out a song with a voice as clear and strong as Bobby Darin. He could only get through half of a second song when his voice broke. He gave what he could for as long as he could. No stardom. No money. A bit of very small time attention.

To paraphrase another artist from Canada, Leonard Cohen, they come so far for beauty, hopefully they don't have to leave too much behind.

Nov. 09 2010 10:43 PM
Doug from New Jersey

I am grateful for music that inspires me, that makes me reflective, and that is fun. For inspiration, I am grateful for Brahms' Piano Trio #2. For reflection, I am grateful for Bruch's Kol NIdre. For fun, I am grateful for Schubert's Piano Quintet in A.

Nov. 09 2010 09:43 PM
Barbara Ross from Connecticut

I am grateful for ballet music because it makes me want to get up and dance-or head to NYCB or ABT- but one of my favorite pieces of dance music is Leo Deliebes' Mazurka from Act 1 of Coppelia- it is cheerful, uplifting, and takes me back to a small village square in Europe in the 19th century- I want to dance with the rest of the townspeople.

Nov. 09 2010 03:11 PM
John Goodwin from Demarest, NJ

I am thankful for, among many other things, the music of Charles Ives. Play ANYTHING by Ives & I will be even more thankful & happier.

Nov. 09 2010 01:49 PM
Eileen from New York, NY

I too am grateful for WQXR and Jeff Spurgeon (he is my favorite). I am grateful for ALL the classics but the piece that makes me STOP and take stock of what is important in this crazy world is Franz Schubert's Serenade - so short, but what an impact it drives homeIIII

Nov. 09 2010 01:09 PM
Cindy M. from Manasquan, NJ

Grateful for Gershwin! Second Rhapsody, Rhapsody in Rivets.
Happy Thanksgiving WQXR--so grateful for you!

Nov. 09 2010 12:53 PM
Lynn David from NJ Shore

I'm thankful for the whole experience of WQXR. I've been listening for over 50 years and I can't even begin to imagine my life without the music and friends found here.
I'm thankful that you've introduced me to new composers and pieces of music that I might otherwise never have grown to love. My musical tastes have been stretched and grown because of this station.
Just keep doing what you're doing and staffing the way you're staffing and lots of us out here will remain thankful....year round.

Nov. 09 2010 12:21 PM
Thomas from Sparta, NJ

My thanks to Johann Strauss, Jr., for his operetta "Die Fledermaus." Whenever I get depressed or feeling a little down, two things will brighten my spirits almost immediately: the overture to "Die Fledermaus" or a cold strawberry milkshake. And once the overture is finished, the rest of "Die Fledermaus" is a joy as well, especially Dr. Falke's "Brüderlein und Schwesterlein" aria and the chorus that follows.

Nov. 09 2010 12:17 PM
Harvey Appelbaum

I'm grateful to Vaughn Williams for the exquisite Lark Ascending; for WQXR for playing it and allowing me to listen for more than 60 years; for my Mother who led me to love great music; and to the unknown something that keeps this great music so much a part of my life.

Nov. 09 2010 12:07 PM
Aline from Brooklyn, NY

Music is my passion and it brings me
much joy and comfort. I am very
grateful for the music of Franz Schubert,
an extraordinary composer. His
"Impromptu #4" for piano especially
moves me to tears and I am so
grateful whenever I hear this music.

Happy and Blessed Thanksgiving to all!!

Nov. 09 2010 11:13 AM
Bruce Chadwick from Brooklyn

I'm grateful for the voices of Renee Fleming and Susan Graham. Uplifting in every possible way: Susan Graham singing Berlioz's Les Nuits d'Ete; Renee Fleming singing Dvorak's "The Song to the Moon."

Nov. 09 2010 10:32 AM
Nancy Wight from New York City

I am grateful to WQXR and for the great piano artistry of Konstantin Lifschitz in whatever he performs from Bach to Part.

Nancy Wight

Nov. 09 2010 10:03 AM
Karen Tylutki

Living alone in the suburbs of NJ, over thirty years ago and restless at nights...a friend suggested to me to leave the radio tuned into my favorite station (yours truly) and set it so I could hit button in an instant to get a blaring sound if I felt my home was being invaded to scare intruders away.
That very night I followed her advice.
At two in the morning I heard glass breaking and cold air pouring it...I jumped in and hit the radio button at which point the 1812 Overture began it's original cannon boombs!!!! the intruders ran off up the hill slipping and slidding in the new fallen snow and I thank God for the 1812 Overture and whoever decided to play it at that particular time and the friend who suggested the idea of leaving the radio tuned to my favorite station on loud to turn on at the press of a button!


Nov. 09 2010 09:31 AM
Len Rubin from Brookline, Mass.

Thanks to WQXR for introducing me, about 50 years ago, to Hector Villa-Lobos' Bachianna Brasiliensas (Sp?).and thanks to the technology that allows me to continue to listen to my favorite radio station via the internet now that I live in Brookline, Mass.

Nov. 09 2010 09:06 AM
Ruth Ann from East Brunswick, NJ

Most classical and some pop music makes me happy as it touches my soul. I am especially fond of listening to Bach's Prelude and Fugue as orchestrated by Raspigi. Thank you for introducing me to so many artists and so much information about music that I would never be able to access if I did not listen to this station.

Nov. 09 2010 08:57 AM
Jon Butler from Hamden CT

Domenico Cimarosa's Oboe Concerto in C, especially as played by Heinz Holliger and I Musici, is one of the sunniest little pieces I know. Its lilt in four short movements keeps you going all day.

Nov. 09 2010 08:04 AM
Rosemarie Gates from Fort Lee, NJ

The aria "Resta Immobile" from Rossini's Guiellmo Tell brings tremendous comfort to me. I am always moved by the father's love for his son and the courage the son gives back to the father. The exceptional and rarely heard baritone, Antonio Salvadori, does a magnificent job (available only from YouTube or

Nov. 09 2010 06:26 AM
Bruce from Brooklyn

Elgar's The Froissart Overture. It always makes feel positive and optimistic.

Nov. 09 2010 05:45 AM
Ania from Florence

I'm grateful for the music I can paint to and put on when my friends and I are too restless to study for our renaissance art history papers.

Nov. 09 2010 05:35 AM
Richard from New York City

The great tenor, Jussi Bjorling, has lived with me for forty years. Listening to his voice doubles, no strike that, triples life's many pleasures. I've seen his "Oh Holy Night" bring grown men, women and even children to tears.

Nov. 08 2010 10:30 AM
richard from nyc

Beethoven, the late quartets, when driving the Taconic State Parkway. Talk about sensory enhancement.

Nov. 08 2010 10:26 AM
MIchael Scarborough from Sunnyside Gardens, NYC

"An die Musik", by Schubert, because it expresses how grateful my soul is that music itself exisits; "Pie Jesu", from the Faure Requiem, becuase it can soothe my soul as nothing else; the final mvt. of Beethoven's 7th because it can lift my soul and make me grin as nothing else can; yodeling music when Beethoven's 7th hasn't quite done the trick.
Happy Thanksgiving to all!

Nov. 07 2010 03:21 PM
Lisa S. from Long Beach, NY

I am grateful for Gilbert & Sullivan . As a 10 year old, I would play my Dad's records (yes, I am that old) and follow along with the libretto. Not only did I begin a life long love of music on those days, but I also enhanced my appreciation of language and sense of humor. Any reference to Gilbert and Sullivan and certainly those rare times I hear any G&S on the radio never fails to bring a smile to my face.

Nov. 04 2010 08:02 PM
Sidney Goldman from Baldwin, New York 11510

I have many of Ferruccio Tagliavini's recordings: (LP, 45 rpm disc, CDs), but I wish you could play some of the recordings from your library.

He was an outstanding Italian bel canto tenor. He performed for our President Harry S. Truman in the White House.

That was one way to thank Ferruccio because he sang to our troops in Italy. during World War 2.

Nov. 04 2010 03:58 PM
Eric Davis from Highland, NY

I am grateful for Ravel's Daphnis et Chloe Suite # 2. I first heard this piece in highschool and always found it to be passionate and vibrant. Some 20 years later, I still turn up the radio whenever WQXR plays this piece. I always envision a warm summer's day, standing on top of some hill admiring the view...

Nov. 03 2010 09:54 AM
Laura H. from Woodside, NY

Many years ago now, when I was a summer student at the Young Artists Vocal Program at the Tanglewood Institute, the Program’s chorus performed the motet Sicut Cervus, by Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina. The text is short, from Psalm 41: “Sicut cervus desiderat ad fontes aquarum, ita desiderat anima mea ad te, Deus” (As the deer longs for running water, so longs my soul for you, O Lord). I’m not particularly religious, but when I’m feeling anxious or low, listening to this beautifully complex motet and meditating on its imagery comforts me in a way that no other music can. I'm grateful to have this piece to turn to during difficult times.

Nov. 01 2010 01:44 PM

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