Moments of Memories of the Music Scene

Wednesday, January 01, 1986

The exact date of this episode is unknown. We've filled in the date above with a placeholder. What we actually have on record is: 1986-uu-uu.

A presentation of various segments of the 50th Anniversary of WQXR with moments of memories of the music scene in 1936.

Host Duncan Pirnie begins with a dedication to WQXR host Alma Dettinger, of the daily interview show Other People's Business which was on WQXR from 1941-1960. He then acts out a true story about the inauguration of the NBC Symphony Orchestra in 1937, followed by an excerpt from a November 2, 1967 episode of Pru Devon's November Nights in Latin America with a performance of an Argentinian zamba.

A special 50th anniversary edition of The Music Section presented by WQXR host George Edwards remembers Oct. 25, 1936. Edwards begins with news headlines, and features an excerpt of the world premiere of Dvorak's first symphony in Czechoslovakia; and Lieutenant Kije by Sergei Prokofiev, performed by Eugene Ormandy and the Philadelphia Orchestra. After a look at upcoming musical performances in New York with the Concert Roundup, Edwards plays two tracks performed by opera singer John Charles Thomas: "Largo Al Factotum" from Rossini's The Barber of Seville and "Take Me Back to My Boots and Saddles".

WNYC archives id: 68082

Hosted by:

George Edwards and Duncan Pirnie


Alma Dettinger, Devon Pru and John Charles Thomas


More in:

Leave a Comment

Email addresses are required but never displayed.

The WQXR e-newsletter. Show highlights, links to music news, on-demand concerts, events from The Greene Space and more.

Follow WQXR 







About The NYPR Archive Collections

Directed by archivist Andy Lanset, the department provides a central repository for thousands of audio recordings, photographs, memorabilia, reports, news items, program guides, institutional records, and promotional materials.

Among its holdings are more than 50,000 recordings in a variety of formats, from early lacquer and acetate discs, to reel-to-reel tapes, to digital audio tapes and compact discs.

More About Preservation | Donate | Request Audio