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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.

  • We're going to hear some French music "of a certain age" this week, we'll skip to another age and place for an hour of J.S. Bach, and then some music by American Paul Creston, and soon-to-become-American Kurt Weill.
  • Back in the early days of radio, the fledgling BBC commissioned a modest concert piece from the 28-year-old William Walton. Belshazzar's Feast started small, but grew way beyond the resources of the new broadcasting service.
  • This week we take a look at some music from Renaissance Flanders, a busy cultural crossroads that became a center for music and also the business of music -- two quite different things.
  • This week we're celebrating the music of Franz Schubert, born 227 years ago on Wednesday, the archetypal starving artist, largely ignored during a short, illness-plagued life.
  • Mozart comes to collect the rent on his attic this Sunday as we prepare to celebrate his birthday 268 years ago on January 27.
  • The strict templates of the Baroque era had served music well, but by the mid-18th century, it was time for something new. But what?
  • For a variety of reasons, European classical music developed quite differently south of the Pyrenees. We'll hear a sampling with a quick look at what went into the Iberian melting pot, and what sorts of music the blending of Spanish, Moorish, Sephardic, and maybe even Native American cultures produced.
  • George Gershwin wrote his Rhapsody in Blue, and Ferde Grofe orchestrated it for a jazz band all within five weeks in 1924. This is not the Rhapsody as most of us know it today. What would happen if Gershwin via piano roll were to "jam" with a modern jazz band using Grofe's score?
  • This Sunday is Christmas Eve, and of course we'll have three hours of Christmas music -- with a wide variety of curiosities, celebrations, and sometimes just plain whimsy from the boxes and stacks of Mozart's Attic.
  • In 1723, J.S. Bach, the newly-hired Kappelmeister at St. Thomas’s in Leipzig had an early opportunity to show his stuff with a setting of the Magnificat. Bach brought in the trumpets and the kettle drums for a festive spectacular performance, and we’ll hear what must have made an impression on the staid Burgomeisters with a festive performance of our own this Sunday.