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We've got a program of transcriptions on Mozart's Attic this Sunday. 

We look at music of Bach, Beethoven, Moussorgsky, Debussy, and others from a new perspective when it's played on instruments that the composers never envisioned -- and in some cases could not have envisioned. What would they have thought? We can only speculate...... and that's part of the fun.


We have a historical performance of the Brahms Double Concerto this week. Legendary performers Pablo Casals and Jacques Thibeault, who were already performing while Brahms was still around, joined forces to record Brahms's final work for full orchestra in 1929. It remains an exemplary performance with modern remastering to bring those 78s to life again.

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In June 1941, Adolf Hitler launched a three-pronged invasion of the Soviet Union.

The northern force was stopped at Leningrad, setting the city up for an 872-day siege. That's close to 2-1/2 years

Inside the city, the animals in the zoo have been eaten and residents now try to get by on a bread ration that’s as much sawdust as wheat - and things are only getting worse as a young composer struggles to depict his city’s sufferings in a heroic piece of music.

Well – yes and no.

We’ll look at Shostakovich’s Leningrad symphony on Mozart’s Attic this Sunday night.

WFIT-FM is pleased to announce the return of long time music host Rob Killam with a new show called Saturday Songbag.

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.