Exploring Music with Bill McGlaughlin

Monday - Friday at 7:00 pm

Clash of the Titans, Part I

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. Listen to the past two weeks of Exploring Music here.

Clash of the Titans, Part I

August 8, 2022

The 12 Titans in Greek Mythology were the first divine beings, the children of Gaea, Mother Earth, and Uranus, Father Sky. This week Bill McGlaughlin examines the lives and music-making of two such divine beings, Leopold Stokowski and Arturo Toscanini, who both captured the minds and hearts of us at a crucial part in our country’s development.

American Masters, Part VII

August 1, 2022

American Masters, Part VII, is the seventh week in our series celebrating twentieth-century American composers. Bill is very fond of this series and calls it American Masters in honor of the fabulous PBS TV series that examines the lives and the creative process of artists. This week we have arrived at the composers born between the two World Wars (1918 ...

Symphony, Part 04

July 25, 2022

We start this week featuring the symphonic form at its Romantic apex, with Austrian composers Anton Bruckner and Gustav Mahler, then we cross the English Channel to Britain to listen to the music of Edward Elgar. Twenty-two symphonies among the three of them, and more remarkable since Bruckner was in his forties before he composed his first, and Elgar had ...