WFIT Features


Dvorak's ninth symphony is hailed as the breakthrough of American musical ideas into symphonic (i.e. European) music. What does that mean? And how does a Czech become a champion of Western Hemisphere music? We'll look into it this week. And then we'll see how a Lebanese composer finds inspiration in Norway, a proper Englishman looks to India for his muse, an American reaches out to Armenia, and a number of others seek ethnically diverse and geographically abstruse sources for their music.

We know it's hot in Florida in the summer. Vivaldi and Haydn thought it got hot in Venice and Vienna. Can you believe it?  This week we'll hear what these two thought about the seasons of the calendar. By the way,  It will come as no surprise that they both liked spring.

Felix Mendelssohn

This week we cap our cycle of the twelve String Symphonies of Felix Mendelssohn. These were written for the young composer's amusement and for that of his family and perhaps some of their friends. But now, in 1823, at the ripe old age of fourteen, Mendelssohn was ready to go out in the world and make a name for himself. In 1880.

Vermont Public Radio

We've been exploring some of the less-well-known works of Antonin Dvorak and Edvard Grieg on Mozart's Attic recently: something akin to a summer reading project, looking at  a few of the other works by composers who are best known for just a couple of concert hall blockbusters. This week, we'll hear one of those blockbusters, Grieg's Piano Concerto in A minor, performed by one of the great Romantic interpreters of the 20th century, Artur Rubinstein. Our cycle of the twelve Mendelssohn String Symphonies continues with the eleventh, and we'll listen to some Middle-Ages-inspired  music written


We begin with two musical tribute pieces this week that could hardly be more different in tone, but are nonetheless related through the use of old Baroque forms, Maurice Ravel’s Tombeau de Couperin is ostensibly an homage to the great 17th and 18th century organist, Francois Couperin – but not so fast; each of the dances is individually dedicated to a friend fallen in the Great War of 1914. Edvard Grieg’s Holberg Suite is a bicentennial celebration of Norwegian playwright and humanist Ludwig Holberg, born in 1684 and nowadays hardly remembered other than as the subject of Grieg’s admiration