WFIT Features

Erik Satie
Wikipedia

This week we take a look at some music with roots in Yemen, Morocco, Sudan,  and Sephardic Spain -- some ancient, some contemporary.

Then we devote the second half of the program to the world premiere recording of a major piano work by Erik Satie, written in 1892, played at its debut in that year, and possibly unperformed again for nearly a hundred years..

It all promises to make for a most unusual evening up in the Attic.
 

We all know that Mozart died before completing his Requiem, because we've all seen Amadeus.

Well, that's not quite how it happened, but there was still some skullduggery involved in getting the work completed by other composers, and in the years since others have tried their hands at filling in Mozart's blanks. Some of these revisions have been quite severe and others are so subtle that the casual listener might not notice the difference. We look at one of those slight  modifications this week with a new orchestration completed by Franz Beyer in the 1970s.

Jacques Offenbach
BBC

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times.

Paris in the last half of the 19th and first half of the 20th centuries went through three major wars, economic and government collapses, and the social upheaval of the Commune. As is often the case in difficult times, the arts thrived.

This week we look at some of the music of this tumultuous time through the works of ten Paris-scene composers from the musical comedy of Offenbach to the grandeur of Vierne -- with some impressionism, retrospection, and eccentricity in-between.

There were so many great records released last year.  It was hard to narrow down to a Top 20 list, but here are 20 of our favorite rock and roll albums released in 2016 in no particular order.   Tuesday Jan 3rd at 10:00 pm we'll play as many of our favorite songs from the year that we can squeeze into two hours on Lucy's Sonic Garage.

You already knew that Mozart was a multi-faceted talent. We pay rent on the attic this week as we look at five different aspects of Mozart's music -- from simple song to the pioneering work in the then-new piano concerto form to writing for symphonic and string ensembles to a piece originally intended for the  fashionable gizmo of the day: the mechanical clock, essentially a music box.

Then we have a nod to some musicians we lost in 2016, along with a look at some of the local classical scene.

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