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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.

  • It’s a December tradition on Mozart’s Attic: A complete performance of Handel’s Messiah as interpreted by a different recording each year.
  • This week finds us at Number 21 in our chronology of the 41 symphonies of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart; we’re over the hump in a project begun last July.
  • We’ll look at some music from the time of the Pilgrims this week. There’s no music OF the pilgrims; they brought no musicians with them, but back in Europe it was the High Renaissance, and we’ll hear some of the music from 1620 (or thereabouts) this Sunday night.
  • We begin thiis Sunday with music of Shostakovich, Prokofiev, and Stravinsky. Then we look at works by Mozart contemporaries Franz Danzi and Carl Stamitz, as we also check in on Mozart himself, continuing along with our cycle of his complete symphonies — a project we began last July.
  • Napoleon didn’t get much respect — not musically. This Sunday we’ll hear from three composers — Beethoven, Haydn, and Tchaikovsky — who regarded his reverses with satisfaction and weren’t shy about trumpeting (excuse the pun) their delight at his misfortunes.
  • In 1717, the exceedingly unpopular King George I of England enlisted court composer George Frederic Handel to write some music for a floating concert on the Thames. King George remained unpopular, but folks by the thousands lined the river banks to hear Handel’s Water Music, our featured work this Sunday.
  • We start in Russia this Sunday and end up in 20th-century America with lots of stops in-between, and of course we check in on our series of Mozart symphonies with Number 14 this week.
  • We’ll be looking at some Scottish music this Sunday, going back to the Middle Ages and Renaissance, and then contrasting that with some more modern works, some written by Scotsmen and some not. We’ll be leaving the bagpipes behind for this visit to Caledonia.
  • Bohemian patriot and composer Bedrich Smetana is well known for his tone poem depicting the traverse of one of eastern Euroope’s great rivers, the Moldau. We’ll hear all six of the tone poems encompassing the land, the history, and the legends of this country that is now mostly part of the Czech Republic this Sunday.
  • This Sunday we look back at some of the conductors of the first half of the last century:Toscanini, Koussevitzky, Beecham, Walter, Stock, Stokowski, and others.Fearsome personalities, some of them, and legendary figures on the podium, they brought classical music to the masses via the recording studio and later the airwaves.