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We begin this week with Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker Suite, a Christmas Eve fantasy from Russia, then we'll hear holiday music and carols from around the world, including a major choral work by 20th-century composer Ernst Pepping, a setting of the Christmas Story according to Luke.

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We don't know exactly when Beethoven was born; the only official record is that of his baptism on December 17, 1770.

So his birthday COULD be December 13th, and that's a good enough excuse for a party this Thursday in Mozart's Attic. It's an all-Beethoven program this week with some music that's among the world's most familiar, and some other works that are a bit more obscure.


Having recently been  graduated from one conservatory and hired to teach at another, Peter Ilych Tchaikovsky set out to write his first large-scale work, his Symphony No. 1. No sense in starting small.

Russian expat Sergei Rachmaninoff, now esconced in the United States, started work on his Fourth Piano Concerto after having been exposed to American music for a number of years.