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Mozart's Attic
Sunday 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

Mozart's Attic is a classical music program featuring music from the Middle Ages to the 21st century.

  • Maurice Ravel penned a piano duet drawn from Mother Goose tales for the amusement of a friend’s children in 1910.
  • Czech composer Antonin Dvorak is best known for his Symphony from the New World, written during his tenure as director of the new National Conservatory in New York. He was a composer of some distinction with a considerable portfolio to his credit before he was tapped for the conservatory job.
  • The classical music world has been celebrating the 250th birthday of Ludwig van Beethoven this year. We’ll observe it this Sunday night on Mozart’s Attic with an all-Beethoven program, culminating in a performance of the ninth symphony by the Berlin Philharmonic directed by Herbert von Karajan.
  • It’s a holiday season tradition on Mozart’s Attic to air a complete performance of Handel’s Messiah, and this year we’ll hear George Solti conducting the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and Chorus on Sunday, Dec. 6, immediately following All Things Considered.
  • By 1804, Beethoven’s formidable output of piano music had slowed considerably. His one sonata of that year was the very short No. 22.He had other things up his sleeve, and one of those was the watershed Eroica Symphony. we’ll hear it this Sunday night — and we’ll hear that short sonata as well, as we work our way through the entire cycle of the Beethoven sonatas.
  • It was 1783 and Mozart was living in Vienna. He planned a visit with his new wife, back home to Salzburg, where it must have seemed that everyone was mad at him.
  • 1802 was a portentous year in Europe, and it was tempestuous for Beethoven as well.
  • We’ve been working our way through the Beethoven piano sonatas over the past few months, and this week we’re up to Number 14, the famous Moonlight Sonata.It was written in 1801, and that was a big year for the thirty-year-old transplant to the big city of Vienna. Audiences were taking notice, and patrons were commissioning works. There was a troublesome ringing in his ears, but maybe that would go away.