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Mozart's Attic

Thursdays from 10pm-12am

Mozart's Attic is a classical music program featuring music from the Middle Ages to the 21st century. Some of it is not frequently heard on air; other pieces are concert favorites from the symphonic repertoire, sometimes in rare or historic performances. There's plenty of vinyl, and sometimes even a bit of shellac.

You never know what you might come across in the attic. 

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

We begin an hour of English music this Thursday with a historical recording of Vaughan Williams's Serenade to Music, a piece with lyrics by Shakespeare, written in 1938 to celebrate Sir Henry Wood's 50th anniversary as a conductor. The premiere performance featured solos by sixteen of the leading singers of the day, and right after the jubilee performance, Sir Henry marched everyone down to the studios to record the moment for posterity. We'll hear that performance, then we'll go back a few centuries to some actual music from the time of Shakespeare.

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Space exploration, astronomy, cosmology and cosmogony: none of these were what Gustav Holst had in mind when he composed The Planets a little more than a century ago.

Curiously enough, however, the imagery of his music has become a frequent accompaniment to our explorations of the majesty and mystery of the solar system in the years since. Tune in this Thursday night and see what you make of it all.

The Brahms Requiem may not have done much for the salvation of souls, but it provided the salvation for the composer's career. Brahms's star was in serious decline in the 1860s, with his publishers dropping him following a disastrous debut of his first piano concerto -- an early attempt at a large-scale work.

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Prokofiev's Peter and the Wolf presents to children a young fellow who becomes the hero of the day by disobeying the grown-ups.

Sounds like Prokofiev was asking for trouble, doesn't it?

Not so fast. Remember, Peter and the Wolf was written in the USSR in 1936, and there was a difference between disobeying Grandpa and disobeying Papa Joe. Nowadays, Peter and the Wolf is all innocence, but this wasn't always the case.

Schubert's Unfinished Symphony is a legendary work in many senses of the word. It's long been a concert-hall musical favorite, associated with plenty of mystery and romance. We'll begin a short Celebration of Schubert with his Eighth Symphony this week, and then look at some of the other music that he produced in his too-short life.

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