Exploring Music with Bill McGlaughlin

Monday – Friday at 7:00 pm

Claude Debussy

Exploring Music is an adventure — an expedition through the world of classical music. We pick a theme each week and follow the music wherever it leads us. Over the years we’ve explored Shakespeare and music, have followed the lives of many composers (a sort of five-part mini-series), and visited the music of various locales — Paris, Venice, Spain, Hungary, the Pacific Rim. Each five-episode program is a musical journey that focuses on a particular, genre, music festival, or classical theme. It’s a sort of Outward Bound for music, with Bill McGlaughlin as our guide to make sure we all get home safe and sound.

Listeners' emailed suggestions have played a very important role in choosing themes. We’ve recorded over two hundred adventures, and the ideas keep turning up. We don’t think we’ll exhaust the possibilities. Exploring Music is familiar and welcoming, and is where you feel at home on your first visit and can’t wait to get back to sample what the series has come up with for its next five-episodes.

The player below features a continuous five hour loop of the most recent Exploring Music episode.

Debussy, Claude

January 20, 2020

Claude Debussy, who once said he learned more from poets and painters than from the music conservatory, is considered the figurehead of Impressionist music (though he would vehemently argue against it). Influenced by Bach’s arabesques and the romantic Chopin, the Frenchman made his mark in music with his otherworldly compositions, beginning with Danse Bohemienne. While we listen to his compositions ...

André Previn

January 13, 2020

By age 20, Andre Previn was successfully composing for Hollywood and playing the piano in Jazz clubs. Soon after winning one of his many Academy Awards, for “My Fair Lady”, Previn released a highly acclaimed jazz album based on the popular songs from this Oscar winning movie. In the 1960s, at the top of his jazz and film composing career, ...

Beethoven and the Piano

January 6, 2020

Beethoven and the Piano – 200 years after the composition of Beethoven’s five Piano Concertos, they’re still the giants of the piano world. Join us for a concerto a day, plus some of his more intimate works for the instrument. Leon Fleisher, Murray Perahia, and Martha Argerich are a few of the prominent pianists that we will hear from this ...