WFIT Features

The program begins this week  with music of Arnold Schoenberg, one of the most influential composers of the last century. He, Anton Webern, Alban Berg, and others constituted the Second Viennese School, where much of the free-form atonality of the mid century found its roots.

As a young composer, however, Schoenberg sought to unite the seemingly diametrically opposed strains of German Romanticism, represented by Brahms and Wagner respectively. We'll hear an early work, Transfigured Night in its orchestral version.

Adolf Hitler invaded the Soviet Union in June, 1941, and his armies raced eastward like a juggernaut until the Red Army and the Russian winter stalled them -- especially at Moscow and Leningrad.

The siege of Leningrad lasted nearly 2-1/2 years. The city was isolated and nothing got in or out except by way of a roadway over frozen Lake Ladoga when there was ice. People survived on a ration of bread that was as much sawdust as flour. They ate pets, the zoo animals, leather goods ,and worse. The death, destruction, and suffering were beyond all description.

In 1964, Columbia Records released a two-LP set of E. Power Biggs playing the twelve surviving instruments of 17th-century master organ builder Arp Schnitger. The collection consists mostly of music of Bach, but Biggs also included seven little chorale preludes by then-contemporary composer Ernst Pepping. He wanted to demonstrate that 300-year-old instruments were splendidly capable of playing modern music. Listen to these seven little gems played on seven of the world's finest organs, and see how you think he did.

Brevard Live Magazine

WFIT welcomes the 12th Annual Brevard Live Music Awards, Monday August 3 6:00pm at Gleason Performing Arts Center on the campus of Florida Tech.

This celebration is all about your favorite Space Coast musicians and bands. It’s like a local version of The Grammys!

Tickets available at Marion Music, FL Discount Music, and East Coast Music Exchange. ALL proceeds benefit Brevard Music Aid Inc

We begin with music of expatriate contemporary South African composer Kevin Volans. Once a student of Karlheinz Stockhausen, Volans became associated with the Cologne School, a post-minimalist movement also known as The New Simplicity. The Kronos Quartet  demonstrates  his most unusual fusion  of European and African idiom

The series of concerti grossi from Vivaldi's l'Estro Armonico continues, followed by some sonatas by Vivaldi's contemporary compatriot, Domenico Scarlatti.