We begin this week's program with music from the Ukrainian Romantic composer, Mykola Lysenko, combining national themes with forms borrowed from J.S. Bach.
Then we'll hear some 20th-century music of Saint Saens in an improvisational style. No, it's not jazz -- or is it?
At about the same time, Ralph Vaughan Williams wrote some music inspired by 16th-century English idiom. We'll contrast that with some English music of that era, and then we'll cross over to 1620s Italy to see what Claudio Monteverdi was up to.