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

Today is the birthday of the playwright who is considered by many to be the father of modern English literature. William Shakespeare’s works have been translated and performed in every language on earth, and they have been a rich source of inspiration to other art forms for hundreds of years. This morning, Carl Grapentine played an overture to a vibrant opera by Hector Berlioz based on the Shakespeare play “Much Ado About Nothing”. Which Berlioz opera is it?

Answer: Beatrice and Benedict

The British vocal ensemble Voces8 sang a wordless elegy on the Morning Program this morning. “Hymn to the Fallen” is from the motion picture score for “Saving Private Ryan”. Its director, Steven Spielberg, has worked with the author of “Hymn to the Fallen” on more than 20 films. Who is this now 87-year-old composer?

Answer: John Williams

This morning we heard a concerto from the Baroque era by a famous Italian whose Christian name means ‘archangel’ in English. True to that name, contemporary engravings of our mystery author emphasized an angelic face surrounded by exaggerated blond curls. Who is he?

Answer: Arcangelo Corelli

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

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