Mornings with Dennis Moore

Weekdays, 6:00 am-10:00 am
Dennis Moore

Get a great start to your weekday mornings with great music.

Dennis Moore always has an eclectic mix of classical music to accompany your weekday mornings. Whether you’re at work, relaxing at home or are out-and-about, Dennis plays the perfect soundtrack to help jump start your week. Dennis joined the WFMT announcing staff in 1990 after being a regular listener to the station via cable during his ten years as music director of WMFE in Orlando, Florida. Dennis has worn many hats at WFMT: as program director, announcer, host of Music in Chicago, the Dame Myra Hess Concerts, concerts from Northeastern Illinois University, and special broadcast events including the Aspen Music Festival. Dennis is active making music around town (and in Reykjavik, Iceland and Malibu, California, among other locations) as a pianist with his partner, violinist Sara Su Jones.

Dennis's Morning Quiz

Johann Sebastian Bach composed one of the Baroque era’s most celebrated masterpieces in the final years of his life. And it wasn’t until the middle of the 19th century that this magnificent work was performed in its entirety at a single sitting. From it we heard this morning the ‘Sanctus’ and the celebratory ‘Osanna in Excelsis’. What is the title of this piece that Bach lovers regard as the pinnacle of his output?

Answer: Johann Sebastian Bach composed one of the Baroque era’s most celebrated masterpieces in the final years of his life. And it wasn’t until the middle of the 19th century that this magnificent work was performed in its entirety at a single sitting. From it we heard this morning the ‘Sanctus’ and the celebratory ‘Osanna in Excelsis’. What is the title ...

Wolfgang Mozart did not write much music when he was in Paris. Nevertheless, he did create a symphony for the French capital, which he composed for a concert in Paris. He even tailored his work to the French audience. Which symphony by Mozart is known as the ‘Paris’ Symphony?

Answer: Symphony No. 31

Major League Baseball opened its 2019 season last week, earlier than usual. Wrigley Field, home of the Chicago Cubs, was the last big league ball park to install lights – the first night game taking place August 8,1988. But Wrigley was the very first major league ballpark to use another electronic device that became standard in stadiums across the country. What device was first employed at Wrigley Field on April 26, 1941?

Answer: A ballpark organ

In the 1960s and ‘70s, there was renewed interest in that great master of ragtime music, Scott Joplin. This new vogue for ragtime prompted several American composers to create rags of their own. One memorable piece in this style is by a composer who is originally from Seattle. He taught for over thirty years at the University of Michigan, wrote three operas for Lyric Opera of Chicago, and turned 80 last year. Who is he?

Answer: William Bolcom

Do women write operas? The answer is ‘yes’. Just a few years back, the Metropolitan Opera presented an opera by Kaija Saariaho; it was the second of only two operas composed by women in the venue’s history. The first was in the year 1903 by an English composer whose Serenade in D we excerpted earlier. Who is this female composer who was jailed for her activities in the Suffragette movement?

Answer: Ethel Smyth

This morning we heard the first movement of a cantata by Johann Sebastian Bach that may have a familiar sound, even if you don’t know the cantata already. Bach reworked something he wrote earlier: the Prelude from his Solo Violin Partita in E major. This superb setting for organ and orchestra of Bach’s own solo violin music acts as the opening for which Bach cantata?

Answer: Cantata No. 29, “Wir danken dir, Gott, wir danken dir” (“We thank you, Lord, we thank You”)

This morning we heard music by Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco. Because of anti-Semitism in his native Italy, Castelnuovo-Tedesco’s music was banished from Italian radio. He emigrated to the U.S. in 1939 and eventually became an American citizen. It was during that stressful year of 1939 that Castelnuovo-Tedesco wrote a concerto featuring an instrument for which he was to write dozens of works. What instrument is that?

Answer: Guitar

One of Beethoven’s more playful compositions and perhaps the most famous of all piano trios got us into the eight o’clock hour this morning. The Beaux Arts Trio performed the final movement of this Piano Trio Number 6 in B-flat by Beethoven. By what nickname is it known?

Answer: Archduke

This morning we heard choral music by Johannes Brahms. It’s something he wrote shortly after his mother died using scriptures from the Old and New Testaments that speak of comfort and consolation. What is the title of this very personal choral work of Brahms that includes “How Lovely are Thy Dwellings”?

Answer: A German Requiem

Today is the birthday of Johann Sebastian Bach, and our question concerns one of Bach’s cantatas. On his Almanac this morning, Carl Grapentine played the opening of Bach’s 214th Cantata, which you may immediately recognize as the joyful opening of a much more famous choral piece by Bach. The Cantor of Leipzig added different words and recycled this as the beginning of what major work?

Answer: Bach’s Christmas Oratorio

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