I was sitting on the sofa, suffering through shingles. I finished the NY Times crossword puzzle, read some of Patricia O'Connor's The Origin of the Specious, watched an episode of Judge Pirro. Looking for further distraction, I fired up the first season of The West Wing. As the pilot started, with that impossibly beautiful song playing over the opening credits, it struck me: where have all the theme songs gone?
Arts and Culture
Today’s mystery piece: Rimsky-Korsakov’s “Procession of the Nobles” from Mlada. It’s a short work by a Russian composer with sailing experience. His family pushed him to serve in the Navy, so he enlisted.
Even alumni of elite schools like the Eastman School of Music face the daunting challenge of finding a job and paying off those student loans.
Today, June 2nd, we heard Smetana’s Overture to The Bartered Bride. Smetana was a Czech composer who founded a school in Prague in 1848. This piece is the overture to a hugely successful comic opera. The composer saw the 100th performance of this opera, which was a milestone in the history of Czech opera. By 1952, it had been performed a thousand times at Prague’s National Theater! Tomorrow, our mystery piece is from an opera inspired by Wagner’s "Ring" cycle.
The documentary detailing the amazing restoration of Rochester's Eastman Theatre debuted Tuesday on WXXI-TV.
Today's early morning mystery piece was Maurice Ravel's La Valse. Georges Pretre conducted the Radio Symphony Orchestra of Stuttgart (Hanssler 93013.) Congratulations to Robert, who guessed via e-mail at btre...@wxxi.org. Tomorrow, we'll hear a work by a Czech composer which, by 1952, had been performed a thousand times at Prague’s National Theater. Hear a daily mystery piece at around 6:40 a.m. on Classical 91.5.