WFIT

Classical Music

We've got old Italian music covered from A to V this week... That's right, from Andrea Anzalone to Antonio Vivaldi.

It will be a diverse program this Thursday as we cover music from the Medieval, Renaissance and Baroque years, when Italy was a collection of politically diverse city-states, not yet a unified country, but still a center of musical development for the continent.

Counts and archdukes may have been pretty important fellows in their day, but who would now remember Andrey Razumovsky, Ferdinand von Waldstein, or Rudolph Rainier of Habsburg-Lorraine had they not been immortalized by Beethoven's music in thanks for their patronage?

We'll look at some of Beethoven's dedicatees in this week's program.

Maurice Ravel wrote his piano suite, Le Tombeau de Couperin, as both a tribute to a French Baroque composer and as a memorial to several friends who were killed in World War I. Later, he arranged portions of Tombeau into an orchestral suite. We'll look at both versions this week, then we'll go back and listen to some music from Couperin himself.

Turn up your bass controls this Thursday night, because we'll have plenty of organ music -- and lots more besides -- as we celebrate J.S. Bach's 333rd birthday up in the attic.

We've got RSVPs from a dozen of the pre-eminent Bach interpreters on record. They're all coming to the party. You come too.

Some say Jascha Heifetz was the greatest violinist of the 20th century. Some others say he was the greatest musician -- period -- of the 20th century. Still others say he was a cold technician whose mastery of his instrument missed the emotional point of the music altogether.

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