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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
January 18, 2019
Semper fidelis, the Latin phrase that means “always faithful,” is the motto of the United States Marine Corps. This morning, we played a march written by a leader of the Marine Band one night in 1888 after hearing his comrades sing the famous Marines’ Hymn in Quantico. Who is the composer of Semper Fi, as it’s often called?
Answer: John Philip Sousa
January 17, 2019
German composer Paul Hindemith wrote a work for orchestra based on music by an early 19th century German composer who is considered to be the father of German Romantic opera, and whose music greatly influenced other composers including Wagner, Mendelssohn, and Berlioz. Who is he?
Answer: Carl Maria von Weber
January 16, 2019
On his Almanac this morning, Carl Grapentine featured a mezzo-soprano from Bradford, Pennsylvania who has been closely associated with works of Rossini and Handel. She sang an aria from “Rinaldo”, the first Handel opera to appear at the Metropolitan Opera – a work the Met essentially mounted just for this singer. Who is this widely admired mezzo?
Answer: Marilyn Horne
January 15, 2019
“The Eccentricities of Love” is the title of a comic opera by an Italian composer who wrote more than sixty-five operas. Its creator, a contemporary of Mozart and Haydn, had a brilliantly successful international career, and died in Venice in 1801. Who is he?
Answer: Domenico Cimarosa
January 14, 2019
“Feria” is the name of the high-spirited and festive final movement of a work by Maurice Ravel that shows the influence of what Ravel heard growing up in the Basque region, on the border of France and Spain. What’s the title of this colorful piece that Ravel designed for an unusually large orchestra?
Answer: “Rapsodie Espagnole” (“Spanish Rhapsody”)
January 11, 2019
This morning, pianist Valentina Lisitsa provided a waltz by a Russian composer and pianist who heard music as colors, engaged in flying experiments, and was a self-described mystic. Who is this fellow student of Rachmaninoff, whose earliest works for piano have often been compared to those of Chopin?
Answer: Alexander Scriabin
January 10, 2019
Carl Grapentine noted the birthday of a former music director of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra on his Almanac this morning. Before he took up the baton, this mystery maestro won first prize in violin upon graduating from the Paris Conservatory. While serving in the French army in World War Two, he was taken prisoner and spent two years in a Nazi labor camp. What’s the name of this conductor and composer who succeeded Fritz Reiner as head of the Chicago Symphony?
Answer: Jean Martinon
January 9, 2019
Earlier, we had a Gustav Mahler song from the composer’s early maturity – a song that Mahler reused substantially in his First Symphony. “Ging heut morgen übers Feld” is from “Songs of a Wayfarer”. Singing it was a baritone whose recordings run into the hundreds. For instance, this mystery singer made no fewer than eight recordings of Schubert’s “Winterreise”. Who is he?
Answer: Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau
January 8, 2019
It’s one of the most famous minuets to come from the Classical Era and the 1770s. Its composer was Italian, although he lived much of the second half of his life in Spain. The Minuet in question comes from a string quintet in E major for two violins, viola, and two cellos. Who wrote it?
Answer: Luigi Boccherini
January 7, 2019
Gaspare Spontini is a little-known Italian composer from the early 19th century who got his big break with a work he wrote for the Paris Opera in 1807, “La Vestale”. Earlier, we heard its overture conducted by Riccardo Muti, the current music director of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, who has championed this Spontini opera. Maestro Muti made a complete recording of it with the opera company where he was principal conductor for 19 years. What is the name of this opera house in Milan?
Answer: La Scala