WFIT Features

The program begins with chamber music by 20th-century Spanish composer Joaquin Turina. He was one of the last to compose in the Romantic style that dominated European music in the 19th century, and because he did not go where such composers as Debussy and Ravel and Stravinsky and Schonberg went, he is little remembered today. His music is still well worth listening to, however.

The late 1920s represented the height of artistic freedom in Germany -- after World War I and the inflation crisis, and before Hitler, the Third Reich and the Second World War. Playwright Bertolt Brecht and composer Kurt Weill teamed up in 1928 to produce The Threepenny Opera, a musical set among the characters of the Weimar Republic underworld.

Rick Glasby, crack reporter for WFIT just helped us achieve a milestone! A WFIT news report on the Mercury spacecraft just aired Nationally on NPR!

If you like organ music that you can feel in the pit of your stomach, then Jehan Alain's Three Dances is for you.  Marie-Claire Alain sets the 32-foot pipes of the Chateau-Salins organ in Moselle a-rumble in a performance of music by her brother, a promising young talent who was killed fighting with the French army during the 1940 invasion of World War II.

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