30 Pieces in 30 Days

30 Pieces: Thomson's The Mother of Us All

Thursday, January 15, 2015

This month, WQXR is taking 30 pieces from the 2014 Classical Countdown and asking experts to give us their "next step" compositions.

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Movies on the Radio

Music for Red Ponies

Saturday, December 06, 2014

This week's show features a pair of Red Ponies: Copland's music for the 1949 film, "The Red Pony," and Jerry Goldsmith's music for a 1973 TV adaptation.

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Top Five Feuds between Musicians and Their Critics

Thursday, November 06, 2014

The dispute over a pianist's review in the Washington Post is the latest in a long line of rifts between performers and critics. Just take a look at these five examples.
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Movies on the Radio

Music for Red Ponies

Saturday, August 02, 2014

Tonight at 9 pm, a pair of Red Ponies: Aaron Copland's music for the 1949 film, "The Red Pony," based on Steinbeck's book, and Jerry Goldsmith's music for a 1973 TV adaptation.



Quiz: Test Your Knowledge of Gay Composers

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Gay Pride Weekend brings a chance to reflect on the numerous musical contributions of gay and lesbian composers throughout history.

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Top 5 Influential Moms in Classical Music

Tuesday, May 06, 2014

In honor of Mother's Day, we're recognizing five moms who through their unflagging support and devotion shaped the future of classical music.

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Conducting Business

Are American Orchestras ‘Blatantly Ignoring’ American Music?

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Only a small handful of American works are staples of the orchestra repertoire. Some feel this not just an oversight, but a disgrace.

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Exploring Music

New Wine in Old Bottles

Monday, September 16, 2013

It's a week of transcriptions. Host Bill McGlaughlin samples the creative efforts of gifted composers who gave life and vitality to existing music by transforming it into something new. Selections include music by Bach, Copland, Liszt and Ravel.


WQXR Features

Poll: Which Piece Best Captures the Spirit of Labor Day?

Friday, August 30, 2013

Labor Day does have its own body of festive holiday music but plenty of composers have addressed work in its myriad forms. Tell us what piece best exemplifies the working man and woman best.

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Top Five WPA-Commissioned Works You Should Know

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

A new piece by composer Gabriel Kahane honors the legacy of the Works Progress Administration. Here are five works the WPA funded in its heyday.

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Annotations: The NEH Preservation Project

A Chorus of Conversation: What Is American Music?

Monday, February 11, 2013


In recognition of tonight's State of the Union address, hear a spirited 1950 roundtable on American music, featuring Aaron Copland, Leonard Bernstein, Lukas Foss and Irving Fine.

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Albums of the Week

Emanuel Ax Hits His Groove on Four Sets of Variations

Sunday, January 27, 2013

While never the flashiest pianist around, Emanuel Ax is firmly in his element on his latest recording, featuring sets of variations by Haydn, Beethoven, Schumann and Copland.


The Choral Mix with Kent Tritle

On-Demand Audio: A Folk Celebration

Sunday, September 30, 2012

Folk music has served as inspiration to almost every composer in history. On this week's Choral Mix, the music of Bartók along with works by Aaron Copland, Mark O'Connor, John Rutter and Veljo Tormis.

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NYPR Archives & Preservation

Aaron Copland at BAM, 1941

Monday, September 19, 2011


On the occasion of the Brooklyn Academy of Music's 150th anniversary, we look back at its younger days, 70 years ago.

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Top Five Works About American Presidents

Thursday, February 17, 2011

It’s unfortunate to think that Washington’s and Lincoln’s birthdays were conflated into one Presidents’ Day, but on the other hand, it does give an excuse to celebrate all America’s leaders. Here are a top five.

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Top Five Fanfares

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Hot Air, our month-long celebration of woodwind and brass sections on WQXR, might as well be called a fanfare for these instruments. Here are five notable fanfares, from Mouret to Verdi and Adams.

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Top 5 @ 105 Composer Museums

Monday, April 19, 2010

Inspect the room where Handel slept, see the last piano that Chopin composed on or check out Beethoven's viola. As you make your summer travel plans, here are five composer museums to consider, both near and far.

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New Sounds

Old Wind in New Bottles - Part 1 Classics

Monday, October 09, 1989

On this program, subtitled "Old Wine in New Bottles," we hear new versions of some of the classics including Copland's "Fanfare for the Common Man," excerpts from Stravinsky's "Rite of Spring," and some music by German composer and conductor Thomas Wilbrandt.