Exploring Music

Archive for June, 2010

Exploring Music: Mahler Symphonies, Part I

Bill’s introduction to the early life and the incredible work of Gustav Mahler

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Bill tells us how Mahler described his exile in a touching, truthful fashion

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Exploring Music: Outward Bound

Bill introduces this week’s program with an opera by Mozart, with a story about the piece that you will not likely ever forget.

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Bill dissects Richard Strauss’ ‘An Alpine Symphony’, to the point where it feels like you are climbing the mountain together.

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Mahler’s last movement in ‘The Song of the Earth’ leaves you with the feeling of departure, it’s fitting that the title of the piece is “The Farewell’.

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Czech composer Bedrich Smetana was not just a hero in his own country, but he also gave hope to another region of the world.

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Bill stumbles upon a recording of ‘Grand Canyon Suite’ by American composer Ferde Grofe. You may be pleasantly suprised with a certain trombonist playing on this track.

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Exploring Music: Nobody Ever Builds a Statue for a Critic

Bill introduces us to this week’s theme, and brings to light the critical side of Robert Schumann.

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Debussy mistifies audiences and critics alike with La Mer

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This review for The Rite of Spring in 1924 by an unnamed critic, sounds like it came out of a Dr. Seuss book.

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The grace of Virgil Thomson’s reviews makes him one of Bill’s favorite critics, litsen here for his reasons why:

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I bet you never thought you would hear this iconic pop group on this program, click here to see who it is:

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Exploring Music: Robert Schumann

Schumann becomes intimated by his pupils because of his poor piano playing. Find out how he responds here:

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Schumann discovers the compositions of Franz Schubert and Ludwig van Beethoven, and decides to honor their work by creating his own symphony.

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How does Schumann’s work show the similarities to the life of a butterfly? Find out for yourself here:

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Bill tells us about the how Schumann and his lover, Clara Wieck, are as similar as the Chinese concept of yin and yang.

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Schumann completes his second symphony after being inspired by the unpublished symphony ‘The Great C major’ by Franz Schubert, which was preformed by an orchestra featuring Schumann’s new wife, pianist Clara Wieck.

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