Studio 360

John Luther Adams Composes Music Glaciers Would Like

Friday, October 10, 2014

Composer John Luther Adams won the Pulitzer Prize in music this year for Become Ocean. He was inspired by the melting of polar ice — but don’t call it political art.


The Great Russian Piano Tradition

Gems from Russia's Lesser-Known Composers

Thursday, June 26, 2014

On this final episode of his series The Great Russian Piano Tradition, David Dubal explores lesser-known composers of the last century and their undiscovered gems for the instrument.


The Great Russian Piano Tradition

The Mighty Five

Thursday, June 12, 2014

The creative imagination of five key Russian composers, known as the Mighty Five, sought to create a distinctly Russian form of music.

Comments [2]


Decoding the Sounds of AMC's Spy Series, 'Turn'

Wednesday, April 09, 2014

Film and TV composer Marco Beltrami talks about his score for the AMC series, Turn, about America's first spy ring.


NYPR Archives & Preservation

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.

Read More

Comments [1]


Gig Alert: Maria Schneider

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

The jazz composer Maria Schneider performs at Jazz Standard Wednesday. Stream "Aires de Lando."



Dawn of Midi

Thursday, August 29, 2013

In this short, Jad puts on his music hat and shares his love of Dawn of Midi, a band that he recently started using on the show.

Read More

Comments [70]


Nearly 100 Composers Call for End to Minnesota Orchestra Lockout

Thursday, August 15, 2013

The longest labor dispute in U.S. orchestral history witnessed a new salvo on Thursday as 91 composers sent an open letter to the Minnesota Orchestra’s musicians, administrators and board.

Read More

Comments [2]


Mercury's Surface is Littered with Classical Composers

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

NASA’s Messenger probe recently became the first spacecraft ever to orbit Mercury, having completed an extended two-year mission in March.

Read More


Exploring Music

The Symphony, Part VII

Monday, April 08, 2013

Host Bill McGlaughlin's exploration of the symphony continues with a look at Russia's contributions, from Rubinstein and Rimsky through Glazunov and Gliere.


The Greene Space

Award-winning composer Howard Shore tells WQXR's Jeff Spurgeon how he approaches the writing of a new film score

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

A special guest turned out for Scottish violinist Nicola Benedetti's recent concert in The Greene Space, a celebration of great film music from the 1930s to today.

"My understanding is that instrumentation is incredibly important when scoring for film," Benedetti told WQXR host Jeff Spurgeon, explaining her own process of recording her new album, "The Silver Violin."

"We have somebody here we can ask," Spurgeon said.

"I'm very aware," Benedetti answered. 

It was, of course, the award-winning composer Howard Shore, who has written the scores for over 80 films, perhaps most notably for "The Lord of the Rings" trilogy. He took the stage for a few moments to speak with Spurgeon about his writing process and how he approaches the composition of a new film score. Hear what he had to say below.


The Leonard Lopate Show

Dawn Upshaw and Maria Schneider on "Winter Morning Walks"

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

In this 2013 Leonard Lopate Show interview, soprano Dawn Upshaw and composer Maria Schneider talk about their Grammy-winning recording, “Winter Morning Walks.”


Exploring Music

Portraits in Black, Brown and Beige, Part II

Monday, February 25, 2013

Host Bill McGlaughlin's celebration of African-American composers and performers continues with the second in a two-week series.

Comments [1]

Classics For Kids

Spotlight on Black Composers

Saturday, February 23, 2013

Scott Joplin was a famous African-American composer. Learn about other black composers from America and abroad this week on Classics for Kids.

Exploring Music

Portraits in Black, Brown and Beige, Part I

Monday, February 18, 2013

A celebration of African-American composers and performers.


Showdown @ High Noon

A Schubert Birthday Showdown

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

The composer birthday celebrations continue this week with Franz Schubert, who was born on Jan. 31, 1797. For this week's Showdown, we offered up three of Schubert's masterpieces.

Comments [47]

Classics For Kids

Self-Taught Composers

Saturday, January 19, 2013

Georg Philipp Telemann didn’t take many music lessons, instead, he taught himself how to compose. Learn about other self-taught composers this week on Classics for Kids.


Gabriel Kahane: A Little Bit Of Everything

Monday, December 03, 2012

Singer, songwriter and pianist Gabriel Kahane performs songs in our studio, including an excerpt from his musical February House.


Annotations: The NEH Preservation Project

Dr Kranich, your piano's ready. I'm afraid it's not built by your dad.

Friday, October 19, 2012


On March 5, 1853 a German piano maker named Henry Steinway (né Steinweg) founded Steinway & Sons at 85 Varick Street in New York City, barely five blocks from the present-day WNYC studios. Less than three months later another, much younger German piano maker named Helmuth Kranich would also arrive at these shores. Little did he suspect that one of his children would someday work at a competing form of entertainment: radio, specifically WNYC.

Read More


The Takeaway

The 205 National Anthems of The Olympics

Monday, August 13, 2012

There is something slightly different about London's Olympic medal ceremonies: the music. This year, the London Philharmonic recorded all 205 of the world's national anthems. Composer Philip Sheppard and sound engineer Jake Jackson were in charge of the effort.

Comments [2]