Streams

Between 1941 and 1944 WQXR invited noted composers, conductors, music educators, critics, philosophers, news commentators, and lyricists to write essays on a variety of music and radio related topics for WQXR Program Guide. We're currently reprinting a new one each week and have compiled them into this 'cluster' for your reading pleasure.

Paderewski

Monday, September 30, 2013

"His every move in life personally, socially and economically was for the benefit and improvement of his fellow men."
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Bach is a Modern

Monday, November 11, 2013

From the September, 1943 WQXR Program Guide:

Alec Templeton is one of the few great artists who is equally at home in the realm of the popular as he is among the classics. His thorough musicianship has won for him an outstanding place on the air and in the concert hall, and we know that his thoughts on the music of today will be stimulating. When we asked Mr. Templeton the other day what we should say about him in this introduction, he said, "Say I am a devoted listener to WQXR." We say so proudly.

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My Day With WQXR

Monday, November 04, 2013

From the March, 1942 WQXR Program Guide:

Irwin Edman, Professor of Philosophy at Columbia University and author of Philosopher's Holiday, Fountainheads of Freedom, and other books, has on various occasions spoken over WQXR and is, as the following indicates, one of its devotees.

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"What About This American Music?"

Monday, October 28, 2013

From the May, 1944 WQXR Program guide:

Roy Harris, who is well known to our audience, is a Westerner by birth and upbringing. He resides in Colorado Springs, where he holds the post of Composer-in-Residence to Colorado College. Rated by such publications as Time, Life and The Christian Science Monitor as "America's Leading Symphonic Composer," Harris has written six symphonies and a great deal of choral and chamber music. He has been recently elected to the American Academy of Arts and Letters. Because National Music Week is celebrated this month, we asked Mr. Harris to write about American music and we feel sure his opinions will arouse your interest in contemporary composers.

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Records Make Music Lovers

Monday, October 21, 2013

Records are good for good music.
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An Orchestral Conductor Looks at Radio

Monday, October 14, 2013

"WQXR allows me to not only hear performances by other men but to take quiet stock of my own."
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Commandments for Commentators

Monday, October 07, 2013

A biblical imperative for the newsy.
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Latin Americans in Music

Monday, September 23, 2013

Latin America has a great contribution to make to the world's music.
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So You Think It's Easy!

Monday, September 09, 2013

Tongue-twisters, mike fright, and other announcer woes.
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Brains Have No Sex

Monday, September 16, 2013

Pioneering feminist broadcaster on WQXR.
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"Are You A Highbrow?"

Monday, December 02, 2013

From the December, 1943 WQXR Program Guide:

When you think of interesting approaches to music you think of Mme. Stokowski, whose Layman's Music Course at Town Hall, New York, has been famous for years. To know why she is so successful in her method, we suggest you listen to her WQXR program every Sunday morning at 10 A.M.

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The American Composer

Monday, November 25, 2013

American music is on the upswing.
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The Position of Women in Music

Monday, November 18, 2013

From the February, 1943 WQXR Program Guide:

You or we may not agree with everything [or anything] that Sir Thomas Beecham says about women in music, but we know his comments will interest you. This article is condensed from the original which appears in the recently published "Vogue's First Reader." We wish to express our thanks to the publishers for their permission to reprint it.

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Caesar's Commentaries

Monday, December 16, 2013

"I wanted to be a pianist and a surgeon, the general idea being to operate with my right hand and bring comfort and joy to the poor victim by concertizing for him with my left."
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Consider the Interpreters

Monday, December 09, 2013

A man who knows his music.
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The Radio Conductor

Monday, December 23, 2013

From the April, 1944 WQXR Program Guide:

Mr. Barzin, conductor of the WQXR Orchestra, is also conductor of the National Orchestral Association. He is one of the few men regularly conducting both for radio and for the concert hall. He has certain ideas about leading an orchestra over the air waves which we hope will throw new light on broadcasting musical programs.

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A Declaration of Independence for the Listener

Monday, December 30, 2013

Howard Harold Hanson (1896-1981) was a composer, conductor, educator and music theorist. He was Director of the Eastman School of Music for 40 years and won a Pulitzer Prize in 1944 for his Symphony no. 4. A year earlier he wrote the following essay which appeared in the March, 1943 WQXR Program Guide. 

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Some Reflections on Rachmaninoff and His Music

Monday, January 13, 2014

The great Russian-born composer, pianist and conductor Sergei Rachmaninoff died at the end of March, 1943 at the age of 70.  Charles O'Connell, then RCA Victor's Music Director, composed this personal tribute for the May, 1943 WQXR Program Guide.

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Music in a Democracy

Monday, January 06, 2014

From the August, 1942 WQXR Program Guide:

Editorial Note: Occasionally we receive letters from listeners who protest angrily against our broadcasting German music either orchestral or vocal. Because of the democratic implications of the problem, we have asked Ernest Angell, President of the Council for Democracy, to present his views, which he does in the following article. The Council for Democracy is dedicated to a fighting faith in democracy, and hence Mr. Angell's comments represent the considered opinion of real fighters for our present way of life.

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Remembrance of Themes Past

Monday, April 28, 2014

From the February, 1944 WQXR Program Guide.

Dr. Edman, Professor of Philosophy at Columbia University and known for his many books, including the popular Philosopher's Holiday, is one of WQXR most ardent fans. This philosophical reaction to music is one which we feel sure is shared by many of our listeners.

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The Commentator's Responsibility to the Listener

Monday, February 03, 2014

"The commentator cannot indulge in blatant cheers as victory piles on victory, and America's casualties mount with those victories."
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An I.O.U. to Music

Monday, January 20, 2014

In the April, 1942 WQXR Program Guide, distinguished American pianist and composer Abram Chasins wrote about the obligations of performers, composers and listeners to the art of music. In July, 1943 he was appointed WQXR's Music Consultant, and in 1946, its Music Director, a post he held for nineteen years.

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It's A Matter Of Opinion

Monday, January 27, 2014

"You cowards! Go on and play the rest of the Alban Berg Quartet...We can take it, but can you dish it out? I doubt it."
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American Concert Audiences Have Changed

Monday, February 10, 2014

From the July, 1942 WQXR Program Guide:

Mr. Ewen is an authority on musical history, and the author of several books including The Man With the Baton, Musical Vienna, and Music Comes to America.

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The Classics on Broadway

Monday, March 24, 2014

From the October, 1944 WQXR Program Guide:

The success which has attended the presentation on Broadway of new forms of music of great composers such as Bizet, Johann Strauss and Grieg has aroused a certain amount of resentment among music purists. As one of them remarked about Carmen Jones: "The orchestration of Bizet's music was expert and adequate, but I still prefer my Bizet straight, if you don't mind."

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It's All in the Day's Work

Monday, February 24, 2014

From the October, 1943 WQXR Program Guide:

The author of this peek behind the scenes at WQXR is one of our program editors. His specialty is the lighter classics, and he knows that kind of music from Arensky to Ziehrer. Among the WQXR programs Mr. Simon produces are Just Music, The Maxwell House Dinner Concert, The American Express Cavalcade of Music and The Operetta Scrapbook.

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Modern Music and the Rush to the Exits

Monday, February 17, 2014

From the February, 1943 WQXR Program Guide:

Prof. Moore as head of the Music Department of Columbia University is not only famous as an educator but also well known as a composer and writer. He is the composer of "The Devil and Daniel Webster" and as the author of "From Madrigal to Modern Music," is particularly well qualified to write on this subject.

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Music - A War Essential

Monday, March 03, 2014

Why we need music in wartime.
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A Statement Regarding "Singing Commercials" *

Monday, March 10, 2014

"The station has found that "singing commercials" are too much of a transition from good music and that they are apt to create ill will among WQXR listeners."
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Who Likes Good Music?*

Monday, March 17, 2014

"Of course some letters come from "cranks"...but most of our letters come from people who are deeply interested in radio as the newest means of mass communication."
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Music For American Youth

Monday, April 07, 2014

From the January, 1941 WQXR Program Guide:

Mr. Ganz is conductor of the Young People's Chorus of the New York Philharmonic-Symphony Society. He is a pioneer in the field of children's concerts, having directed such concerts for the past eighteen years. The Young People's Concerts from Town Hall, New York, January 13th and February 17th at 3:45 P.M. will be broadcast by WQXR.

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Boys in the Bach Room

Monday, May 05, 2014

"One evening I got back from the mess hall before the others and bravely snapped on WQXR."
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An Opera Impresario Looks at Radio

Monday, April 14, 2014

"I find that many members of the Metropolitan public look to the special facilities of WQXR, which combine the advantages of both radio and recordings for the opera-loving public."
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The Place of Radio in Musical Education

Monday, March 31, 2014

"As head of the Juilliard School of Music I am naturally especially interested in the effect of broadcasts of serious music on students and teachers of music."
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We Know What You Like

Monday, April 21, 2014

"WQXR's listeners who make themselves articulate to us have more influence in shaping our programs than many non-writing fans realize."
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A Report to Listeners

Monday, May 12, 2014

When WQXR was a commercial station sponsorship was a selective affair.
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