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Igor Stravinsky
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With the coming of the 20th century, all the rules of music went out the window. Composers were free to do pretty much what they wanted, and if someone said, "Hey, you can't do that," They were ignored.

Music went in as many directions as there were people writing it. Some went retro, others pushed the envelope of what even constituted music, and others chose routes somewhere in between.

Carolann Bambara

Thanksgiving Day at 10 AM EST. My 22nd annual Thanksgiving show! Featuring, previously unreleased songs from the Band's farewell concert, the Last Waltz, recorded 40 years ago this Thanksgiving night. And, the official start of this holiday season kicks off with Arlo Guthrie's' Alice's Restaurant at High noon. Plus so, much more .

We've got a program of music written not-so-far-from Plymouth Rock this Thursday night.

We look back at the history of the Boston Symphony Orchestra this week, featuring a 1955 RCA Victor recording celebrating the Orchestra's 75th anniversary, narrated by Milton Cross, the voice of the Metropolitan Opera for fifty years.

We'll have century-old recordings of the orchestra, directed by  Karl Muck, performances under the baton of Serge Koussevitzky and others, and we'll even hear what Arthur Fiedler has to say about the Boston Pop

Arvo Part
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We have music from Russia, Ukraine, and countries of the Baltic this week, ranging from Rachmaninoff's channeling of age-old Orthodox chant to some recently-written music from Henryk Gorecki, Arvo Part, and Valentin Silvestrov -- with some out-of-character organ music by Jean Sibelius included as well.

It's a lot of unusual music from ancient hymnody to piano miniatures that approach New Age sounds. As always, it all begins at ten o'clock on Thursday night.

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