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WWUH Classical Programming - March/April 2005

Sunday Afternoon at the Opera…Sunday 1:00 - 4:30pm
Evening Classics…weekdays 4:00 to 7:00/8:00pm
               Drake's Village Brass Band…Monday 7:00 - 8:00pm

Tue 1 Heroic Overtures…Hosts's Choice
Wed 2 Hindemith: Ragtime; Stanford: Three Latin Motets; Sibelius: Andante Festivo; Shortened for U of H Woman's Basketaball
Thu 3 Telemann: Suite in B Flat, TWV 55:B2; Haydn: Piano Sonatas 17 & 18; Torroba: Guitar Music; Carver: Mass for 6 Voices; R. Schumann: Bunteblatter, Op. 99; Kreutzer: Grand Quintet for Oboe and Strings In C, Op. 9; Melartin: Symphony #1
Fri 4 What You Will…Adams: Fearful Symmetries; Coates: String Quartet #1; Persichetti: Sonata for 2 Pianos; Rasmussen: Solos and Shadows; Rydberg: Link/ Sequence; Moeran: String Quartet #1
Sun 6 Sunday Afternoon at the Opera…. Sullivan: The Contrabandistas, The Foresters
Mon 7 Antheil: Mechanisms, Fifth Sonata; Bax: London Peagant, A Legend; Walton: Anon in Love, A Song for the Lord Mayor's Table, Ireland: The Forgotten Rite Drake's Village Brass Band…Fennell Tribute 1 Holst: Suites for Band; Vaughan Williams: English Folk Song Suite; Mennin: Canzona; Persichetti: Psalm
Tue 8 Heroic Overtures… Tower: Silver Ladders, Sequoia, Music for Cello and Orchestra; New Classical Releases
Wed 9 Shostakovich: Symphony #1; Beethoven: Moonlight Sonata; Schumann: Lieferkreis; Amy Beach: Gaelic Symphony; Orff; Der Mond
Thu 10 Vivaldi: Violin Concerti; Buck: Grand Sonata; Haydn: Piano Sonatas 19 & 20; Ockeghem: Missa Au Travail Suis; Sarasate: Music for Violin and Piano; Honegger: Symphony #1; Melartin: Symphony #2
Fri 11 What You Will…Adams: Chamber Symphony; Coates: String Quartet #5; Barber: Souvenirs; Rasmussen: Surrounded by Scales; Enstrom: Vigil; Moeran: String Quartet #2
Sun 13 Sunday Afternoon at the Opera… Obrecth: Missa de St. Donatiano; Agricola: Missa Le Serviteur
Mon 14 Beach: Songs; Macdowell: Piano Concerto #1; Elgar: Symphony #1; Stravinsky: The Firebird(complete) Drake's Village Brass Band…Fennell Tribute #2 Grainger: Hill Songs #2, Persichetti: Symphony #6 Jacob: William Byrd Suite
Tue 15 Heroic Overtures… Lalo:Symphony in G Minor, Le Roi d'Ys Overture, Rapsodie Norvegienne; New Classical Releases
Wed 16 Shostakovich: Symphony #2; Dvorak: String Quartet #3; Nielsen: Symphony #3; Donizetti: String Quartet #17 Thu 17 Haydn: Piano Sonatas 28 & 29; Field: Piano Concerto #1; Palestrina: Motets; Newman: Film Music; Sullivan: Symphony in E; Harty: An Irish Symphony; Bantock: A Celtic Symphony
Fri 18 What You Will…Adams: Four Songs; Coates: String Quartet #6; Persichetti: Concerto for Piano Four Hands; Sorensen: Alman; Samuelson: Signal; Moeran: Fantasy Quartet
Sun 20 Sunday Afternoon at the Opera … Koopman, Reconstruction of J. S. Bach's Marcus Passion
Mon 21 Macdowell: Piano Concerto #2; Stravinsky: Suites 1 & 2, Four Norwegian Moods, Four Etudes for Orchestra; Elgar: Symphony #2; Holst: The Morning of the Year Drake's Village Brass Band…Fennell Tribute #3 Arnaud: Three Fanfares, Giannini: Symphony #3, Wills: The Vikings, Grainger: The Power of Rome and the Christian Heart; Walton: Crown Imperial March
Tue 22 Heroic Overtures… Karlowicz: Violin Concerto in A Major, Op. 8; Moszkowski: Ballad in G Minor, Violin Concerto in C Major; New Classical Releases
Wed 23 Shostakovich: Symphony #3; Diamond: Symphony #2; Piston: Symphony #7; Elgar: The Dream of Gerontius
Thu 24 Telemann: Suite in c, TWV 55:c3; Antes: Three Chorales; Haydn: Piano Sonatas 30 & 31; Ycart: Lamentations; Debussy: Printemps; Gade: Symphony #6; Glazunov: Symphony #6
Fri 25 What You Will…Adams: Christian Zeal and Activity; Diamond: Concerto for Two Solo Pianos; Sorensen: Adieu; Lindwall: Cut Up; Rontgen: Fantasy for Piano and Violin; Moeran: Piano Trio in D
Sun 27 Sunday Afternoon at the Opera… Rachmaninov: Vespers (All Night Vigil); Issac: Missa Paschalis
Mon 28 Tower: Snow Dreams; Lieberman: Flute Sonata; Helps: Nocturne, Postlude; Rorem: Bright Music; Hanson: Symphony #2; Thomson Four Saints in Three Acts; Copland: El Salon Mexico; Ruggles: Suntreader Drake's Village Brass Band…Fennell Tribute 4 Mozart: Magic Flute Overure; Khachaturian: Gayaneh Suite; Debussy: Petit Suite
Tue 29 Heroic Overtures … Goldmark: Rustic Wedding Symphony, Overtute-In Italy; Classical Film Scores, Including The Hunley Wed 30 Shostakovich: Symphony #4; Dvorak: String Quartet #4; Sibelius: Oma Maa; Haydn: String Quartet in D, Op. 50 #6
Thu 31 Durante: Organ Concerto in G; Issac: Missa Paschalis; Haydn: Piano Sonatas 32 & 33. Scherzandi, Symphonies A & B, Harmoniemesse

Fri 1 What You Will… Carter: 90+; Fennimore: Crystal Stairs; Dahl: Allegro & Arioso; Sorensen: Angel's Music; Feiler: Anvil and Parachutes; Wertheim: 3 Pieces for Violin and Piano
Sun 3 Sunday Afternoon at the Opera… Monteverdi: Vespro Della Beata Vergine
Mon 4 Stravinsky: Concerto for Piano and Wind Instruments, Movements for Piano and Orchestra, Cappricio for Piano, Violin Concerto; Vaughan Williams: Songs of Travel; Bliss: Piano Concerto; Antheil: Symphony #3 "American" Drake's Village Brass Band…John Holt-Trumpet Music of Fisher Tull, Martin Mailman
Tue 5 Heroic Overtures… Glazunov: Stenka Razin, Symphony #3; New WWUH Classical Releases
Wed 6 Shostakovich: Symphny #5; Piston: Symphony #8; W. Schuman: Symphony #3; Goessec: Symphony #12; Barber: Symphony #1
Thu 7 Dragonetti: Double Bass Concerto in A; Haydn: Piano Sonatas 34 & 35; Agricola: Missa Je Ne Demande; Volkmann: Piano Trio, Op. 5; Gade: Symphony #7; Glazunov: Symphony #7
Fri 8 What You Will… Carter: Piano Sonata; Husa: Seranade; Holmboe: String Quartet #5; L. Glass: Piano Sonata #2; Bosmans: String Quartet; Walters: Divertimento for Strings
Sun 10 Sunday Afternoon at the Opera..Swerts: Passio..Secundum Marcum; Flagello: The Passion of Martin Luther King
Mon 11 Glass: Concerto for 2 Timpanists and Orchestra; Bernstein: Mass Drake's Village Brass Band…River City Brass Band- Heartland
Tue 12 Heroic Overtures… Rimsky-Korsakov: The Maid of Pskov(Ivan the Terrible), The Legend of the Invisible City of Kitezh Symphonic Suite; New Classical Releases
Wed 13 Shostakovich: Symphony #6; Dvorak: String Quartet #5; Nielsen: Symphony #6; Hindemith: Concert Music for Strings and Brass
Fri 15 What You Will… Carter: Night Fantasies; Cage: Four Sapieyevski: Arioso; Holmboe: String Quartet #6; L. Glass: Fantasy; Anrooy: Piano Quintet
Sun 17 Sunday Afternoon at the Opera… Vivaldi: Judith Triumphans
Mon 18 Earth Day Celebration… Picker: Old and Lost Rivers, The Encantatas; Bax: November Woods; Villa Lobos: Dawn in the Tropical Forest; Carpenter: Sea Drift; Hindemith: Harmony of the World Drake's Village Brass Band…American Brass Quintet - Frye and Lightening
Tue 19 Heroic Overtures…Gade: Symphonies #1 & 2; New Classical Releases
Wed 20 Shostakovich: Symphony #7; W. Schuman: Symphony #8; Creston: Symphony #5; Nielson: Symphony #5
Thu 21 Haydn: Piano Sonatas 38 & 39; Zimbalist: Fantasy on Le Coq D'Or; Busnois: Motets; R. Thompson: Symphony #1; Blackwood: Piano Music; Parry: Symphony #2
Fri 22 What You Will…. Moyse: Quintet; Cage: One; Smit: Flute Sonata; Kienzel: String Quartet #1; Penderecki: Violin Sonata #1; Walton Two Pieces for Strings
Sun 25 Sunday Afternoon at the Opera… Milhaud: Service Sacre, The First S'Lihot
Mon 26 Monday Night at the Movies…Goldsmith: Papillon; Barry: The Lion in Winter; Rozsa: Lust for Life Drake's Village Brass Band…Robert Childs - Euphonium - Prestige
Tue 27 Heroic Overtures…Nielsen: Symphony #1, & #6 "Sinfonia Sempice"; Classical Film Scores
Wed 28 Shostakovich: Symphony #8; Dvorak: String Quartet #6; Sibelius: Snofrid; Mozart: String Quartet #20
Thu 29 Corelli: Sonatas, Op. 2 #4-6; Haydn: Piano Sonatas #40 & 41; Music fo Charles V; Daugherty: Bells for Stokowski: Gade: Symphony #8; Fibich: Piano Quartet; Glazunov: Symphony #8
Fri 30 What You Will…Cage: Two; Babbitt: Groupwise; Buys: Sicilian Serenade for String Quartet; Kienzel: String Quartet #2; Penderecki: Miniatures; Williams: Sea Sketches

Thursday Evening Classics Composer Capsules for March/April 2005

March 10
Pablo Martin Meliton de Sarasate y Navascuez Birth: March 10, 1844 in Pamplona, Spain Death: September 20, 1908 in Biarritz, France Pablo de Sarasate was the son of a local military bandmaster in the Spanish town of Pamplona, where each July brings the Fiesta de San Fermín and its infamous "running of the bulls." Sarasate demonstrated musical talent very early and began violin lessons at age five. Making his concert debut at eight, Sarasate went to Madrid to study with violinist Manuel Rodriguez Sáez. The boy proved a sensation at the court of Queen Isabel II. When Sarasate was 12, he and his mother set out for Paris on a journey meant to advance his skills on the violin. But the mother died of a heart attack on the train en route, and Sarasate himself was diagnosed with cholera. Upon recovery, Sarasate was sent on to Paris. After five years of study at the Paris Conservatoire, Sarasate won its annual first prize. Thus was launched one of the most exciting and enduring violin careers of the nineteenth century. Beginning in 1859, Sarasate embarked on a world tour that ran, more or less continuously, for three decades. Several of the works written for Sarasate have become staples of violin repertoire, including Lalo's Symphonie espagnole and F minor Concerto, Saint-Saëns' Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso and his First and Third Violin Concerti, Bruch's Second Violin Concerto and his Scottish Fantasy. Of Sarasate's 57 known compositions, the majority has been forgotten. Among the more enduring have been Zigeunerweisen, Op. 20, his splashy Spanish Dances, and Carmen Fantasy, Op. 25. At his death from bronchitis in 1908 at age 64, Sarasate owned two Stradivarius violins; one was bequeathed to the Paris Conservatoire, and the other the Conservatory of Madrid. The remainder of Sarasate's possessions was left to Pamplona, which has erected a museum in his memory.

Arthur Oscar Honegger Birth: March 10, 1892 in Le Havre, France Death: November 27, 1955 in Paris, France Born in France to Swiss parents, Arthur Honegger was a major twentieth century composer whose musical style was more cosmopolitan than either French or Swiss. An almost exact contemporary of Prokofiev (1891-1953), he rivaled Poulenc as the most successful member of Les Six and was without doubt among the greatest French composers of his day. Honegger became proficient on the violin as a child, but also developed an interest in composition early on. He enrolled at the Zurich Conservatory while in his teens, but left after two years for the more prestigious Paris Conservatory in 1911, where he studied composition with Widor and Gédalge. In 1913, his family relocated to Zurich, but Honegger remained in Le Havre and commuted daily to Paris by train, perhaps one of the reasons he developed a fascination with locomotives. His first works began gaining exposure by 1916 and four years later, he and his conservatory friends Milhaud, Auric, and Tailleferre, along with Poulenc and Durey, found themselves aligned in the famous musical group called Les Six, a name coined by critic Henri Collet. Les Six was formed in reaction to Impressionism and Wagnerian ideas, but Honegger did not recognize any musical creed in his association with the group. In 1923, Honegger composed one of his most famous works, Pacific 231, a work whose qualities were inspired by the sounds and rhythms of a locomotive. The piece was a tremendous success and spawned many imitations. In 1926, Honegger married a young, highly gifted French pianist Andrée Vaurabourg. His 1928 Rugby was also a great success and is another example of the composer being inspired by an extra-musical interest: he was a sports enthusiast, especially of rugby. Honegger made many concert tours in the 1930s with his wife, who would perform his piano and chamber works or serve as accompanist to his songs. Honegger remained quite prolific and wrote 11 film scores in the period of 1942-43. In 1947, on a concert tour in the United States, Honegger suffered a heart attack and thereafter his health declined, severely limiting his musical activities, with his wife tending to him in his final year.

March 17
Joseph Rheinberger Birth: March 17, 1839 in Vaduz, Liechtenstein Death: November 25, 1901 in Munich Joseph Rheinberger, influential German composer, organist, conductor, and teacher, was the son of the Prince of Liechtenstein's treasurer Johann Peter Rheinberger. His exceptional musical gifts astounded his first teacher, Sebastian Pohli, who instructed him from the age of five. As a child, Rheinberger progressed so rapidly that by the time he was just seven, he was already an organist in his hometown of Vaduz. Rheinberger's father, who initially resisted his pursuing a musical career, finally permitted the boy to study in Munich. He was allowed to settle there in 1851 and the city became his permanent home thereafter. By 1853, he was employed as organist at several city churches and supplementing his income offering private tuition. He dedicated every free moment to composition, and during the next few years wrote well over 100 apprentice works; none met with his approval, and they were never published. Rheinberger's four piano pieces, Op. 1, finally appeared in 1859. In 1864, he became the conductor of the Munich Oratorienverein, holding the post until 1877. Rheinberger worked for a while as a coach at the court opera, witnessing Wagner's premiere of Tristan und Isolde. In 1867, he was appointed professor at the conservatory - a position he would hold until his death. During the same year, he married a former pupil, Franziska von Hoffnaass. Rheinberger was increasingly prone to poor health, but continued to work, almost without interruption. Rheinberger died in 1901, shortly after his retirement. His grave in Munich was destroyed during World War II and his remains were transferred in 1950 to his birthplace.

March 31
Franz Joseph Haydn
Birth: March 31, 1732 in Rohrau, Austria Death: May 31, 1809 in Vienna, Austria In hundreds of instrumental sonatas, string quartets, and symphonies, Haydn both broke new ground and provided durable models; indeed, he was among the creators of these fundamental genres of classical music. His influence upon later composers is immeasurable; Haydn's most illustrious pupil, Beethoven, was the direct beneficiary of the elder master's musical imagination, and Haydn's influence touched of composers like Schubert, Mendelssohn, and Brahms. Part and parcel of Haydn's formal mastery was his famous sense of humor, his feeling for the unpredictable, elegant twist. In the Symphony #94 "Surprise", the composer tweaks those audience members who typically fall asleep during slow movements with the sudden, completely unexpected intrusion of a fortissimo chord during a passage of quietude. Haydn's pictorial sense is much in evidence works like his epic oratorio The Creation, in which images of the cosmos taking shape are thrillingly, movingly portrayed in tones. Haydn was prolific not just because he was a tireless worker with an inexhaustible musical imagination, but also because of the circumstances of his musical career: he was the last prominent beneficiary of the system of noble patronage that had nourished European musical composition since the Renaissance. Born in the small village of Rohrau, he became a choirboy at St. Stephen's cathedral in Vienna when he was eight. After his voice broke and he was turned out of the choir, he eked out a precarious living as a teenage freelance musician in Vienna. His fortunes began to turn in the late 1750s as members of Vienna's noble families became aware of his music, and in 1761, he went to work for the Esterházy family. He remained in their employ for the next 30 years, writing many of his instrumental compositions and operas for performance at their vast summer palace, Esterháza. Two trips to London during the 1790s resulted in two sets of six symphonies each that remain centerpieces of the orchestral repertoire. Haydn's final masterpieces included powerful choral works: the Creation and Seasons oratorios and a group of six masses.

Opera listings continued: transplanted to America might have witnessed in their synagogue the night before the High Holy Day of Rosh Hashanah. The liturgical Hebrew term S'Linot means roughly "Rite of Forgiveness," referring to a series of prayer and recitation of psalms proper to the Ten Days of Repentance from Rosh Hashanah to Yom Kippur, rather than to Passover. Nevertheless, I could not pass over the opportunity to present this unique recording of and entire Orthodox Jewish midnight service. The music applied to the sacred texts is not by one composer. The First S'Linot is a compilation of music by synagogue cantors and choral directors of the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, performed in authentic "period" style by the all male choristers of the New York-based Schola Hebraeica. One of the greatest traditional cantors of our time, Benzion Miller, lends his solo voice to the proceedings. The Fist S'Linot was recorded in the New West End Synagogue in St. Petersbury Place, Bayswater, London. This Beautiful nineteenth century house of worship was the ideal venue for such a liturgical re-enactment.
  The station has been receiving so many new classical music discs I scarcely need to look anywhere else but to the new acquisitions shelf in the air studio to put together this two-month period of programming. The only item I contributed from my own collection is the Hungaroton release of Vivaldi's oratorio Juditha Triumphans. Longtime contributor Rob Meehan as kindly permitted me to broadcast three recordings from his private collection: Ton Koopman's reconstruction of the J.S. Bach St. Mark Passion, the Swerts St. Mark Passion and Flagello's The Passion of Martin Luther King. Rob Meehan, I always remind you, is a former Classics announcer here at WWUH and a specialist in the alternative music of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries.

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