WFIT Features

Last week in our cycle of the Schubert symphonies, we listened to the sixth symphony - written on the cusp of the Classical and Romantic periods by the 21-year-old composer.

This week we come to one of the most famous symphonies of them all, Schubert's Symphony No. 8 in B minor, the Unfinished Symphony.

Why was it unfinished --- and what happened to Symphony No. 7?

These are both good questions, and they have been debated by musicologists for nearly 200 years. We'll add our two cents' worth this Thursday night.

Lights Out Project
Lights Out Project

Start your 4th of July celebration on Friday with a Live In Studio Session featuring The Lights Out Project. Jason Noon and his band will light up the airwaves with their island vibes and cool reggae sounds.

Live In Studio at WFIT is sponsored by Intracoastal Brewing Company.

We begin a series of concerti grossi by Antonio Vivaldi this week. The twelve little gems that comprise l'Estro Armonico were the first of his works to be published, and they spread his fame around various musical centers of Europe in the early 1700s. We'll look at some of the implications of that in upcoming weeks.

Paris at the turn of the century was a cauldron for the modern arts.

In music, there were three composers in particular, Debussy, Ravel, and Satie, who are now recognized as leading figures in what we call the Impressionistic School -- although they were not all that happy with that label.

We'll look at some of the work of these three -- pieces that helped to advance musical style past the 19th century Romanticism that was by now becoming rather tired.

Then we'll continue with the fifth in the series of the complete symphonies of Franz Schubert.

Disease, death, and other tragedies have never been a stranger to musicians: Beethoven and Mozart; Gershwin and Jacqueline Du Pre; Buddy Holly and Otis Redding -- for just a half-dozen examples.

When concert pianist Paul Wittgenstein lost his right arm in World War I, it looked like the end of his career.

But Wittgenstein wouldn't accept that. Instead he commissioned piano works for one hand from several of Europe's leading composers. The most successful of these, Maurice Ravel's Piano Concerto for the Left Hand is the featured work on Mozart's Attic this week.

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