Exploring Music

Spring is Here

Monday, April 06, 2015

Spring is in the air Exploring Music this week celebrate the coming of flowers and sunshine from under the melting winter ice. Hear music from Vivaldi, Strauss, Chopin and more.


New Sounds

Rewriting the Classics

Tuesday, March 03, 2015

Listen to music based on or inspired by classic works of Beethoven, Mozart, Chopin, and J.S. Bach, including Michael Gordon's "ReWriting Beethoven’s Seventh Symphony" and more.

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Chopin's Heart Exhumed in Secret, Like a Relic

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

As Frederic Chopin gasped for air on his deathbed in Paris in 1849, he whispered a request that became the stuff of musical legend: Remove my heart after I die and entomb it in Poland.
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Albums of the Week

New Releases: Chopin, Meyerbeer and Harp-Tinged Schubert

Sunday, September 28, 2014

This week's new releases include a collection of unusual Schubert arrangements, a set of Chopin's complete mazurkas, and a collection of instrumental music of Meyerbeer.

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Experts: Chopin's Heart Shows Signs of TB

Friday, September 19, 2014

The preserved heart of composer Frederic Chopin contains signs of tuberculosis and possibly some other lung disease, medical experts said Wednesday.
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Exploring Music

Frédéric Chopin

Monday, August 04, 2014

On this edition of Exploring Music, the focus is pianoman Frédéric Chopin, whose work stretches from the most serene of nocturnes to a breakneck waltz lasting but a minute.


All Ears with Terrance McKnight

When Form Follows Composer

Saturday, October 05, 2013

On this edition of All Ears, Terrance McKnight explores composers who have veered outside of the styles for which they are best known.


The Takeaway

One Man's Mission to Set Chopin Free

Friday, September 13, 2013

Aaron Dunn is on a music mission. His new Kickstarter campaign is called "Set Chopin Free." If successful, it will allow him to record all of Frederic Chopin’s music with the world’s top musicians, and then release all the music free to the public and to any filmmaker who wants to use it. He joins The Takeaway to discuss his campaign and how it works.

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WQXR Features

Saturday Morning Cartoons: Looney Tunes and Waltzes

Thursday, August 01, 2013

This week’s Saturday cartoon features Chopin’s “Minute Waltz” in D-flat, Op. 64/1. Bugs Bunny takes on the popular waltz in the 1955 Warner Brother’s cartoon, “Of Hyde and Hare."

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The Romantic Piano

The Romantics: A One Track Mind

Thursday, June 27, 2013

On the Season Finale of the Romantic Piano, David Dubal features works from Schubert, Mendelssohn, Chopin, Schumann, Liszt and Brahms, showcasing their connections to each other.

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All Ears with Terrance McKnight

When Form Follows Composer

Saturday, June 01, 2013

There are musical forms that seemingly go hand in hand with the musicians that made them famous: Scott Joplin and the rag; J.S. Bach and the fugue; Chopin and the nocturne.

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The Romantic Piano

Frédéric Chopin: The Poet of the Piano

Thursday, May 02, 2013

No one had understood the piano's special resources and enchantments more completely than Frederic Chopin, as David Dubal illustrates.

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Albums of the Week

Vassily Primakov Makes a Passionate Case for Chopin

Sunday, April 21, 2013

Pianist Vassily Primakov confesses to “an emotional and a physical need to have this composer present in my life at all times”… “no matter what!” Find out why he's so passionate about Chopin.

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Classics For Kids

Military Music

Saturday, April 20, 2013

Composers have always enjoyed imitating battle sounds. This week on Classics for Kids, hear examples of instruments and voices at war.

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Saturday, April 13, 2013

Where does the polonaise come from and when was it played? This week’s Classics for Kids program will tell you all about this form of music.

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Chopin’s Life

Saturday, April 06, 2013

Frederic Chopin was born in Poland, but he spent much of his life away from the country he loved. This week on Classics for Kids, learn more about this famous pianist composer.

Fishko Files

Ohlsson on Chopin

Thursday, March 07, 2013

Pianist Garrick Ohlsson has had a life-long connection with Chopin’s music. Ohlsson talks Chopin with WNYC’s Sara Fishko, in this edition of Fishko Files…

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Showdown @ High Noon

You Pick the No. 1 Piano Concerto

Wednesday, December 05, 2012

When it comes to Romantic-era composers' piano concertos, was their first thought their best thought? For this week's Showdown, we asked you to pick which First Piano Concertos you wanted to hear.

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Albums of the Week

Mattias Jacobsson's Debut Album Highlights Aristocrat of Instruments

Monday, September 17, 2012

Sweden's Mattias Jacobsson has just released his debut album, “Invocación,” which is devoted to the great guitarist-composer Francisco Tárrega. Get a free download.

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Classics For Kids

Classical Music Featuring Dances from European Countries

Saturday, April 28, 2012

Many composers used European dance forms in their work. Dvorak, Haydn, Chopin and Beethoven are just a few of the composers featured here.