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Mozart's Attic - Thursday, August 4th 10:00 pm

George Frederick Handel

The attic isn't the only place where you can find something you never expected.

In 1865, somebody left a pile of manuscripts to the Royal Academy of Music. One of them, a Gloria for Treble Voice and Strings, had "Handel" written by some unknown hand on the front page -- underlined twice! But nobody believed it. Such a score was unknown, and it wasn't the sort of thing the primarily-secular composer was likely to have set his mind to.

But lo, nearly a century-and-a-half later, musical scholars have authenticated it as indeed being an early work by Handel, and we'll hear the world premiere recording at ten this Thursday night.

The series of Shostakovich's Preludes and Fugues continues, and we'll hear some music by Finnish composer Einojuhani Rautavaara, who died last week, along with works by Mozart and Schubert.

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.)