WFIT Features

Classical music nearly lost it in the 20th century.

The serialism and atonality that was embraced by many composers, musicians, and academics was beyond the appreciation of most audiences, and listeners abandoned it  in large number.

That era is largely behind us now, and this week we will showcase ten post-modern, contemporary composers who have much to say about the many directions music can take as it continues to evolve -- as, of course, it must.

In the process, these ten composers give us much worth giving a listen to.

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Nowadays we regard Franz Schubert as one of the greatest composers of the first half of the 19th century, right up there with Beethoven.

During his lifetime, however, he was mostly overlooked, his symphonies unplayed, his operas ignored.

A lot of his music was first performed at musical evenings held in his friends' living rooms. Schubertiads, these soirees were called.

Join us on July 4 for a special encore session with retro- soul band The Savants of Souls. The band had the crowd grooving at our annual Sonic Waves Music Festival. We got the full 9 piece band in the studio for a soulful performance. You can see videos of our session on our web site Tune in to our 4th of July party at noontime to hear The Savants Of Soul on WFIT 89.5 FM.

Painting by John Trumbull. Courtesy of the Library of Congress
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Mozart in the Sky with Diamonds

That's a big box of American music up in the Attic, and we'll look through it this Fourth of July starting with music from the revolutionary colonies  to the 20th century as we listen to composers William Billings, Samuel Barber, Richard Rogers, Louis Moreau Gottschalk, George Gershwin, Ned Rorem, and more.

Maybe we'll find some surprises; after all, you never know what you might come across in the Attic.

Pianist Gerald More

Something a little different this week: we have an accompanied lecture on, well, the artistry of musical accompanists

Pianist Gerald More produced a album, something of a dog and pony show, defending his profession. This he did with no small amount of wit. He also pointed out some points of performance that are easy to overlook but that really ought to be appreciated.