Jay Lamy (Jayski)

Mozart's Attic Host

Originally from central Massachusetts, Jay has called the Space Coast home for more than 30 years. He began his association with WFIT in the late '90s as a dumpster diver for office furniture in response to a broadcast plea for a new chair from a frustrated disc jockey. (WFIT has come a long way since.)

Soon he was answering phones during fund drives, doing other odd tasks about the station, and later taking on the job of sending out thank-you gifts and premiums to new and renewing members.

Tune in for Mozart's Attic Thursday nights from 10 pm until midnight.

 

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You don't have to be Hungarian. Franz Liszt was; Johannes Brahms and Franz Haydn weren't, but all three contributed to an eastern European influence in classical music, and we'll hear a little bit of why that was so. Then we head north to Finland. It was 1907 and Jean Sibelius got the scare of his life. He swore off his habits, his smoking and drinking, and set about to write his fourth symphony. Audiences and musicians both are still scratching their heads over this bleakest of all his works.

Arcangelo Corelli didn't leave us with a great body of music, but several other composers of the Baroque took notice of his concerti. Francois Couperin was an admirer, and he wrote a tribute piece in his honor. J.S. Bach studied Corelli's music and he was an admirer of Couperin as well.  We'll follow that thread for a bit this Thursday night. The survey of the symphonies of Jean Sibelius continues with the Third Symphony in C, and we'll hear some other and completely different music from Scandinavia as well.

Jean Sibelius
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This week on Mozart’s Attic we continue our look at the music of Jean Sibelius and its role in forging a Finnish national identity in the face of Russian Empire domination. The symphony No. 2 quickly became known as the Symphony of Independence at home, and it presented an insight into music from an entirely unexpected source to the outside world.

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This week we begin a series of the seven symphonies of Jean Sibelius, starting, appropriately enough, with the Symphony No.1 in E minor, written when Finland was part of the Russian Empire -- and none too happy about it. If your familiarity with Sibelius is limited to Finlandia -- a work of defiance which dates to the same period -- you might be surprised to hear more music in the same vein. Not for nothing is Finland's greatest composer also its favorite patriot. See what you think this Thursday night at ten.

Not all of Beethoven's music met with instant success. Even some of his symphonies -- even those that are revered today -- took a little bit of time for the audiences to become acquainted with. Not the Ninth though. Beethoven's final symphony had the audience cheering to the point that the cops were called in for fear that the ovation might turn into a civil disturbance. Not to fear, the cheers were all for the composer, who, alas, couldn't hear them.  194 years later, a good performance still brings a thrill.

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