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This Week on Exploring Music – Distant Neighbors

Hundreds of years of Mexican music this week, inspired by title of Alan Riding’s book.

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Distant Neighbors: A Portrait of the Mexicans by Alan Riding

Distant Neighbors: A Portrait of the Mexicans by Alan Riding

This Week on Exploring Music – Wagner’s Ring Cycle

From leitmotifs to lighter fare, a five-hour exploration of Richard Wagner’s crowning operatic achievement.

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This Week on Exploring Music – Under the Hood, Part 2

Back by popular request, Bill takes us through the inner workings of five great symphonies by Haydn, Beethoven, Brahms, Tchaikovsky and Sibelius.

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This Week on Exploring Music – Robert Schumann

A biography of the torrid life of one of Germany’s early Romantics.

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This week (and next) on Exploring Music… The Proud Tower

The Proud Tower: A Portrait of the World Before the War, 1890-1914 by Barbara Tuchman

The Proud Tower: A Portrait of the World Before the War, 1890-1914 by Barbara Tuchman

This week and next on Exploring Music, we’re listening to music from 1890 to 1914, from the Gilded Age to the Great War.  Composers include Strauss, Mahler, Bruckner, Schoenberg, and many more.

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This Week on Exploring Music – It was a Lover and His Lass

Composers influenced by the great elixir of love.

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This Week on Exploring Music – Bright Lights, Big City: Mozart moves to Vienna

Mozart gets the boot from the Archbishop and moves to the city.

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This Week on Exploring Music – Listener’s Choice, Part II

Back again! Last year we gave an entire week of listener requests, but the suggestions just kept on coming. This edition includes African-American composers, a Japanese Koto ensemble playing Handel, and traditional Hawaiian pieces.

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