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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It doesn't happen often in the Classical world, but once in a while a piece of music gets re-arranged (or metamorphosed) into a version so successful that the original almost becomes forgotten.

This is what happened to Mussorgsky's Pictures at an Exhibition. Maurice Ravel orchestrated Mussorgsky's score and the work became so popular that many never even knew that it was written as a solo piano piece.

This week we'll take a look at what happened, and then we'll hear "Pictures" as Mussorgsky intended it.

It's an All-Baroque program on Mozart's Attic this week. We'll look at music from a number of places in western Europe written by composers who were active from the 1600s through  the mid-1700s, the period that took us from the end of the Renaissance to the new styles of Haydn, Mozart, and their peers.

The program begins this week  with music of Arnold Schoenberg, one of the most influential composers of the last century. He, Anton Webern, Alban Berg, and others constituted the Second Viennese School, where much of the free-form atonality of the mid century found its roots.

As a young composer, however, Schoenberg sought to unite the seemingly diametrically opposed strains of German Romanticism, represented by Brahms and Wagner respectively. We'll hear an early work, Transfigured Night in its orchestral version.

Adolf Hitler invaded the Soviet Union in June, 1941, and his armies raced eastward like a juggernaut until the Red Army and the Russian winter stalled them -- especially at Moscow and Leningrad.

The siege of Leningrad lasted nearly 2-1/2 years. The city was isolated and nothing got in or out except by way of a roadway over frozen Lake Ladoga when there was ice. People survived on a ration of bread that was as much sawdust as flour. They ate pets, the zoo animals, leather goods ,and worse. The death, destruction, and suffering were beyond all description.

In 1964, Columbia Records released a two-LP set of E. Power Biggs playing the twelve surviving instruments of 17th-century master organ builder Arp Schnitger. The collection consists mostly of music of Bach, but Biggs also included seven little chorale preludes by then-contemporary composer Ernst Pepping. He wanted to demonstrate that 300-year-old instruments were splendidly capable of playing modern music. Listen to these seven little gems played on seven of the world's finest organs, and see how you think he did.

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