Jay Lamy (Jayski)

Mozart's Attic Host

Originally from central Massachusetts, Jay has called the Space Coast home for more than 30 years. He began his association with WFIT in the late '90s as a dumpster diver for office furniture in response to a broadcast plea for a new chair from a frustrated disc jockey. (WFIT has come a long way since.)

Soon he was answering phones during fund drives, doing other odd tasks about the station, and later taking on the job of sending out thank-you gifts and premiums to new and renewing members.

Tune in for Mozart's Attic Thursday nights from 10 pm until midnight.

 

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Francis Poulenc, Igor Stravinsky, and Ralph Vaughan Williams didn't start the break from 19th century Romanticism.

But they certainly helped push musical development along in the modern era -- even when they sometimes had to reach back into their historic national idioms to do it.

We'll look at some French, Russian, and English influences on 20th-century music this week.

The cycle of Shostakovich's Preludes and Fugues continues. We'll toss in some others by the master, J.S. Bach, and conclude with a trio from contemporary American composer Jennifer Higdon

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Many people know Gustav Holst's suite, The Planets, even if they're not quite sure where they've heard it before. Several of its themes have been "borrowed" to serve as background music for everything from commercials to science fiction films.  We'll start this week's program with The Planets as it was meant to be performed, with Sir Adrian Boult and the London  Philharmonic.

Then it's off to the theater with overtures to The Wasps and Egmont.

Comparatively little of the music Antonio Vivaldi wrote for the orphanage where he worked for thirty years was vocal. He was, after all, in charge of the orchestra, not the chorus. Once in a while, though, he filled in when the choral director's post was vacant, and when he did, he wrote music for the occasion.

We begin this week's program with the Vivaldi Magnificat, and continue with an hour of Medieval, Renaissance, and Baroque Italian music.

The Shostakovich cycle of Preludes and Fugues continues, and we wrap up the program with music of Bach and Wagner.

We're going to spend two hours with composers from central and eastern Europe this week.

We'll hear music from Renaissance Hungarian and Polish composers whose names are lost to us. Works of ethnomusicologists like Bartok and Kodaly, music of emigre composers like Rachmaninoff and Stravinsky, pieces by 19th century superstars like Liszt, and lots more.

The Russians are coming ---- and so are the Romanians, the Transylvanians, the Slovaks and others,  and we'll still barely scratch the surface of this rich olio of cultures.

Rachel Barton Pine
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W.A. Mozart and American violinist Rachel Barton Pine both began their musical careers at about the same age -- three!

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