Johann Sebastian Bach - Fantasy in A minor, BWV 922
Heitor Villa-Lobos Song of the Black Swan
NOW PLAYING WEBER: Der Freischutz; OFFENBACH: The Grand Duchess of Gerolstein; BELLINI: La Straniera
Camille Saint-Saens Piano Concerto No.1 in D, Op.17
Daniel Barta Piano Suite
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Tune in every night at 6 for a two-minute listening adventure packed with fun facts and stories about great classical music! Have questions, comments or ideas? Email the Explore Music host, Lisa Bergman.

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OCTOBER 20 - Mozart's Music Cataloguer
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Requiem in D minor, K.626: Introitus

 
 

Mozart composed one of the highest arias of his time in “The Magic Flute,” and it’s recognizable worldwide. Though he’s less touted for it, he also composed one of the lowest arias in the history of opera in “Abduction from the Seraglio.” The aria calls for a bass soloist to sing a low D. Listen and marvel!

Learn more about Ludwig Ritter von Köchel.

 

OCTOBER 19 - The Ultimate Bass Aria
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: The Abduction from the Seraglio, K.384: "O, wie will ich triumphieren"

 
 

Mozart composed one of the highest arias of his time in “The Magic Flute,” and it’s recognizable worldwide. Though he’s less touted for it, he also composed one of the lowest arias in the history of opera in “Abduction from the Seraglio.” The aria calls for a bass soloist to sing a low D. Listen and marvel!

Read some of Vladimir Horowitz's most famous quotes.

 

OCTOBER 18 - Versailles' Composer in Residence
Jean-Baptiste Lully: Noble Dances

 
 

Jean-Baptiste Lully loved to incorporate social commentary into his compositions. In this satirical ballet, the composer pokes fun at the snobbish high society of 17th century France. Ironically, Lully was the official composer for Louis XIV and was in complete control of royal music at the palace of Versailles. Louis XIV earned his nickname, The Sun King, when he danced the role of Apollo in Lully’s ballet of the same name.

Learn more about the "Sun King" in this Wikipedia article.

 

OCTOBER 17 - Coffee for the masses!
Frederic Chopin: Fantasie-Impromptu in C Sharp minor, Op. 66

 
 

When legendary pianist Vladimir Horowitz, heard here, played a comeback concert in New York, 57th Street was lined with hordes of fans hoping to score a ticket. When Horowitz heard about the crowd waiting outside in the cold, he immediately ordered hundreds of cups of coffee to thank them for their undying support!

Read some of Vladimir Horowitz's most famous quotes.

 

OCTOBER 16 - The Orchestra's Smallest Instrument
Antonio Vivaldi: Piccolo Concerto in C

 
 

What instrument in the orchestra is by far the smallest, yet can easily be heard above the fray of even the largest ensembles? The piccolo, of course! It’s invaluable for its ability to produce extremely high notes. One of the most familiar compositions using the piccolo is the Sousa march “Stars and Stripes Forever,” but before Sousa was even born, the piccolo was immortalized in a series of concertos written by Vivaldi. Give one of them a listen!

Learn more about the piccolo.

 



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