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Clue 5 — April 1, 2016

The Mystery Composer regarded the next work as simply a bit of fun, intended for private performance among musician friends. He was adamant that the work not be published in his lifetime, seeing it as detracting from his “serious” image. He eventually allowed only one excerpt to be published, but the 14-movement piece has now more…

Clue 4 — March 31, 2016

The Mystery Composer was a man of wide-ranging interests beyond music. Among them was travel. Before the advent of planes, it’s said he made 179 trips to 27 countries. He came to the United States several times, ventured to South America, and to avoid the cold winters of his homeland, traveled frequently to Northern Africa. more…

Clue 3 — March 30, 2016

The Mystery Composer is mostly remembered today for his instrumental music, but he wrote a large amount of vocal music, including 13 operas. Only one has remained popular over the years and is still performed regularly on stages around the world. The work is based on a story from the Old Testament and was originally more…

Clue 2 — March 29, 2016

The Mystery Composer was one of the most intellectually brilliant in history. His astounding memory allowed him to master not only music but a variety of other subjects, including mathematics, astronomy and archaeology. He also composed in many different genres. His orchestral output included symphonies, ballets, concertos and shorter works. Influenced by Liszt, the Mystery more…

Can You Guess the Mystery Composer?


Can you guess our Mystery Composer? Tune in to Middays with Lisa Flynn from March 28 – April 1 to hear a different piece of unidentified music by the same composer, tell us who you think the mystery composer is below, and you may win one of five daily prizes or our grand prize, which more…

Clue 1 — March 28, 2016

The Mystery Composer was a musical prodigy who made his concert debut at the age of ten, playing piano concertos by Mozart and Beethoven. He began his career as a church organist and continued to play the instrument throughout his life. He would create a groundbreaking work for the organ.

Dance Day on WFMT


Friday, January 29, 2016 WFMT presents an all-day celebration of music and the cross-cultural language of dance.  We’ll hear from dancers, choreographers, musicians, and composers who have created or participated in dance performances, and the music that inspired their craft. Here are some of the artists and music you’ll be hearing today. Dame Margot Fonteyn’s more…

CSO Violist Li-Kuo Chang Checks in From China

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Li-Kuo Chang, Assistant Principal Viola of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, joined WFMT’s Carl Grapentine today from his hometown of Shanghai, China, where the CSO is playing concerts as part of their Asia tour.  

Pumpkin-Parmesan Gnocchi, Turkey, Sage, Pears and Pecans


The day after Thanksgiving, everyone’s fridge is full of leftovers. Here’s a day after dish that has a little bit of everything: pumpkin-parmesan gnocchi with bits of leftover turkey, pecans, and pears.

Bourbon-Sage Gobbler


Here’s a seasonal drink for you to enjoy the day of the big feast: a bourbon-sage cocktail. Chef Sherman has mixed this cocktail with Wynton Marsalis’s rendition of Kosma’s “Autumn Leaves”: he thinks both are the perfect way for you to get Thanksgiving dinner started.