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Tristan

Milestone: Richard Strauss at 150

Richard Strauss

WFMT features the music of Richard Strauss in June in celebration of the 150th anniversary of the composer’s birth. Join us for operas, songs, orchestral works, a brand new radio documentary, and more.
Richard Strauss was born in Munich on June 11, 1864. He lived until 1948.

10 Pieces That Changed the World

Orpheus from a Roman mosaic

As our sister station, WTTW launches 10 Buildings that Changed America, we at WFMT thought perhaps it was time for some reflection on the art of music composition

Music that Changed the World

Photo of Igor Stravinsky from a 1910 postcard

There is little debate among music-lovers that The Rite of Spring tops the list of pieces that changed the world, not chronologically, or necessarily in degree of importance, but in its ability to evoke discussion and yet another re-telling of the riot that erupted at its premiere

Beyond Tristan

Portrait of Richard Wagner, Pierre-Auguste Renoir 1882

See the WFMT web exclusive video on the Chicago Symphony’s examination of Richard Wagner’s “Tristan und Isolde.”