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Host Bill McGlaughlin guides listeners through a new musical theme each week, devoting five hours to a single topic. McGlaughlin’s in-depth knowledge of and deep passion for classical music gives the series his customary enthusiasm, imagination, and spontaneity. He is a Peabody Award-winning broadcaster, conductor, and composer.
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Schedule
Weekdays at 9pm

on 89.1 FM and 89.5 FM (southern Utah County)
or online at www.classical89.org/streaming
Program Schedule
August 16
Beethoven at Parnassus, Part II
In the second part of a two-week series, we'll take an in-depth look at this music of a master reaching the pinnacle of his abilities. Bill starts with Missa Solemnis and Consecration of the House and ends in the rarified atmosphere of Mt. Parnassus as we take in Opus 135 performed by the Guarneri Quartet. Robert Schumann said, “[Beethoven’s quartets] stand...on the extreme boundary of all that has hitherto been attained by human art and imagination.” In 1977, his quartets were added to the Time Capsule of Humanity and sent into space in Voyager 1. Playlist information at exploringmusic.wfmt.com.
August 17
Beethoven at Parnassus, Part II
In the second part of a two-week series, we'll take an in-depth look at this music of a master reaching the pinnacle of his abilities. Bill starts with Missa Solemnis and Consecration of the House and ends in the rarified atmosphere of Mt. Parnassus as we take in Opus 135 performed by the Guarneri Quartet. Robert Schumann said, “[Beethoven’s quartets] stand...on the extreme boundary of all that has hitherto been attained by human art and imagination.” In 1977, his quartets were added to the Time Capsule of Humanity and sent into space in Voyager 1. Playlist information at exploringmusic.wfmt.com.
August 18
Beethoven at Parnassus, Part II
In the second part of a two-week series, we'll take an in-depth look at this music of a master reaching the pinnacle of his abilities. Bill starts with Missa Solemnis and Consecration of the House and ends in the rarified atmosphere of Mt. Parnassus as we take in Opus 135 performed by the Guarneri Quartet. Robert Schumann said, “[Beethoven’s quartets] stand...on the extreme boundary of all that has hitherto been attained by human art and imagination.” In 1977, his quartets were added to the Time Capsule of Humanity and sent into space in Voyager 1. Playlist information at exploringmusic.wfmt.com.
August 21
How Strange the Change from Major to Minor - Part 1
There's no love song finer, but how strange the change from major to minor. –Cole Porter This two-week series comes from a listener who wrote asking about the different scales in Western music. You may know of major and minor scales, and hear the change of mood that composers can achieve by transitioning between them, but there are five other scales, or modes, we hear all the time. You can hear modal shifts in works by Monteverdi and in the late symphonies of Beethoven, Schubert, and many more. Come with us and explore the vibrant palette of colors that composers can use to set and change moods. Playlist information at exploringmusic.wfmt.com.
August 22
How Strange the Change from Major to Minor - Part 1
There's no love song finer, but how strange the change from major to minor. –Cole Porter This two-week series comes from a listener who wrote asking about the different scales in Western music. You may know of major and minor scales, and hear the change of mood that composers can achieve by transitioning between them, but there are five other scales, or modes, we hear all the time. You can hear modal shifts in works by Monteverdi and in the late symphonies of Beethoven, Schubert, and many more. Come with us and explore the vibrant palette of colors that composers can use to set and change moods. Playlist information at exploringmusic.wfmt.com.
August 23
How Strange the Change from Major to Minor - Part 1
There's no love song finer, but how strange the change from major to minor. –Cole Porter This two-week series comes from a listener who wrote asking about the different scales in Western music. You may know of major and minor scales, and hear the change of mood that composers can achieve by transitioning between them, but there are five other scales, or modes, we hear all the time. You can hear modal shifts in works by Monteverdi and in the late symphonies of Beethoven, Schubert, and many more. Come with us and explore the vibrant palette of colors that composers can use to set and change moods. Playlist information at exploringmusic.wfmt.com.
August 24
How Strange the Change from Major to Minor - Part 1
There's no love song finer, but how strange the change from major to minor. –Cole Porter This two-week series comes from a listener who wrote asking about the different scales in Western music. You may know of major and minor scales, and hear the change of mood that composers can achieve by transitioning between them, but there are five other scales, or modes, we hear all the time. You can hear modal shifts in works by Monteverdi and in the late symphonies of Beethoven, Schubert, and many more. Come with us and explore the vibrant palette of colors that composers can use to set and change moods. Playlist information at exploringmusic.wfmt.com.
August 25
How Strange the Change from Major to Minor - Part 1
There's no love song finer, but how strange the change from major to minor. –Cole Porter This two-week series comes from a listener who wrote asking about the different scales in Western music. You may know of major and minor scales, and hear the change of mood that composers can achieve by transitioning between them, but there are five other scales, or modes, we hear all the time. You can hear modal shifts in works by Monteverdi and in the late symphonies of Beethoven, Schubert, and many more. Come with us and explore the vibrant palette of colors that composers can use to set and change moods. Playlist information at exploringmusic.wfmt.com.
August 28
How Strange the Change from Major to Minor - Part 2
When our listener wrote asking Bill to describe the different scales and modes in music, he said a week ought to do it. Bill quickly realized that a week ought NOT to do it, and two weeks were better! So, this week we continue listening to music change from major to minor, plus harmonic surprises that composers add to their music. This same listener goes on to say, “What classical music buff wouldn't find that interesting and entertaining, and what classical music neophyte wouldn't find that enlightening?” He’s right! Come listen with fresh ears to Schubert and Mahler symphonies, plus our favorite folk songs and jazz standards. Playlist information at exploringmusic.wfmt.com.
August 29
How Strange the Change from Major to Minor - Part 2
When our listener wrote asking Bill to describe the different scales and modes in music, he said a week ought to do it. Bill quickly realized that a week ought NOT to do it, and two weeks were better! So, this week we continue listening to music change from major to minor, plus harmonic surprises that composers add to their music. This same listener goes on to say, “What classical music buff wouldn't find that interesting and entertaining, and what classical music neophyte wouldn't find that enlightening?” He’s right! Come listen with fresh ears to Schubert and Mahler symphonies, plus our favorite folk songs and jazz standards. Playlist information at exploringmusic.wfmt.com.