WFIT Features

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.

XPN is excited to announce that Canadian broadcaster Talia Schlanger will be joining the World Cafe team as Contributing Host and producer. Schlanger will start in the new position on October 3.

Lucy's Sonic Garage, hosted by Lucy Lu premiers Sept. 13th on WFIT.  A cornucopia of eclectic tunes from garage rock to surf punk to new & unique.....everything and enough to get your booty shaking.

10:00 PM  Tuesdays on 89.5 FM and streaming worldwide at WFIT.org.

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.

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