1792 first performance of Franz Joseph Haydn’s Symphony No. 98, conducted by the composer, at the Hanover-Square Concert Rooms, during his first visit to London; the first and fourth movements were encored.
1795 first performance of Haydn’s Symphony No. 103 ‘Drumroll’ during the composer’s second London visit, as part of a series called the ‘Opera Concerts’ at the King’s Theater; the orchestra was unusually large for the time, about 60 players; nickname comes from the long roll on the timpani with which the work begins.
1813 Sir George Alexander MacFarren – English composer and musicologist (d.1887); eyesight became impaired at an early age, resulting eventually in total blindness; nevertheless had an active career and a composer and teacher.
1824 Bedrich Smetana – Czech composer (d.1884); widely regarded in his homeland as the father of Czech music; best known for his opera The Bartered Bride, for the symphonic cycle Má vlast (My Homeland) which portrays the history, legends and landscape of the composer’s native land, and for his String Quartet No. 1 ‘From My Life’; became totally deaf by the age of 50.
1900 Kurt Weill – German-born American composer (d.1950); best known for his collaborations with Bertolt Brecht, like The Threepenny Opera (1928); held the ideal of writing music that served a socially useful purpose; apart from Mack the Knife from The Threepenny Opera, his most famous songs include Alabama Song (from Mahagonny), Surabaya Johnny (from Happy End), Speak Low (from One Touch of Venus), Lost in the Stars, My Ship (from Lady in the Dark), and September Song (from Knickerbocker Holiday).
1904 Theodor Seuss Geisel – American writer and cartoonist, ‘Dr. Seuss’ (d.1991); famous author of children’s books.
1905 Marc Blitzstein – American composer, lyricist, and librettist (d.1964); won national attention in 1937 when his pro-union musical The Cradle Will Rock, directed by Orson Welles, was shut down by the Works Progress Administration; known too for his Off-Broadway translation/adaptation of The Threepenny Opera by Bertolt Brecht and Kurt Weill, and for his opera Regina, an adaptation of Lillian Hellman’s play The Little Foxes.
1917 John Gardner – English composer (d.2011); wrote prolifically but best known for the Christmas carol Tomorrow Shall Be My Dancing Day, written for St Paul’s in London, as was another popular carol setting, The Holly and the Ivy.
1921 Robert Simpson – English composer and long-time BBC producer and broadcaster (d.1997); wrote 11 symphonies and 15 string quartets, and books and articles on the music of Beethoven, Bruckner, Nielsen and Sibelius.
1944 Leif Segerstam - Finnish conductor and composer (71 years old); also professor of conducting at the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki; students include Susanna Mälkki and Sasha Mäkilä.
00:00 WCLV ALL NIGHT with Robin Grier
Richard Wagner: Tannhäuser: Overture & Venusberg Music (1861)
Johann Sebastian Bach: English Suite No. 4 in F BWV 809 (1723)
Franz Joseph Haydn: Symphony No.103 in E-Flat “Drum Roll” (1795)
Nicolò Paganini: Violin Concerto No. 1 in D Op 6 (1817)
Bedrich Smetana: Má vlast (1879)
Robert Schumann: Symphonic Etudes Op 13 (1852)
Jean Sibelius: Symphony No. 1 in e Op 39 (1899)
06:00 BBC NEWS; FIRST PROGRAM with Jacqueline Gerber - Music and information to get your morning going, including the Sousalarm at 6:55am, Composers Datebook at 9:05 and the Movie Quiz at 9:25
Frédéric Chopin: Scherzo No. 1 in b Op 20 (1832)
Ludwig van Beethoven: Scherzo & Finale from Serenade Op 25 (1801)
Alfonso Ferrabosco Jr: Convertere Domine (c.1620)
John Philip Sousa: March “El Capitán” (1896)
Gabriel Fauré (arr Chris Hazell): Sicilienne Op 78 (1898)
Michael Easton: Overture to an Italianate Comedy (1995)
Giuseppe Torelli: Sinfonia for 4 Trumpets in C (c.1700)
Paul Mealor: Ubi caritas (2011)
Sergei Rachmaninoff: Finale from Piano Concerto No. 1 Op 1 (1891)
George Frideric Handel: Saul: Chorus “Gird on Thy Sword” (1739)
Isaac Albéniz (arr Enrique Arbós): Iberia: El Albaicín (1908)
Johannes Brahms: Scherzo from Piano Quintet Op 34 (1864)
Richard Rodgers (arr Johnny Green): Cinderella: Overture (1965)
George Gershwin (arr Jascha Heifetz): Medley from “Porgy and Bess” (arr 1944)
Gioacchino Rossini: La scala di seta: Overture (1812)
10:00 WCLV MIDDAY with Mark Satola
Anthony Holborne: Galliard “The Fairie Round” (1599)
Jeremy Sams: Jeremy’s Jig (1986)
Enrique Granados: Goyescas: Los Requiebros (1911)
Enrique Granados: Goyescas: Intermezzo (1915)
Frédéric Chopin: Andante spianato & Grande Polonaise Op 22 (1834)
Sergei Prokofiev: Symphony No. 7 in c-Sharp Op 131 (1952)
Franz Schubert: Impromptu No. 9 in e-Flat D 946 /1 (1828)
Friedrich Witt: Minuet & Finale from “Jena” Symphony (1795)
12:00pm BBC NEWS; MERIDIAN - Lighter fare for your midday break
Jacques Offenbach: Orpheus in the Underworld: Overture (1874)
Miklós Rózsa: All the Brothers Were Valiant: Suite (1953)
Bedrich Smetana: Má vlast: The Moldau (1879)
13:00 THE BIG WORK AT ONE
Karol Szymanowski: Symphony No. 2 in B-Flat Op 19 (1910)
Josef Suk: Fantasy in g Op 24 (1903)
14:00 WCLV MIDDAY
Carl Nielsen: Aladdin Suite: Oriental March Op 34 (1919)
César Cui: Orientale Op 50/9 (1893)
Jacques Ibert: Divertissement (1930)
Hector Berlioz: Benvenuto Cellini: Overture (1837)
15:00 MONDAY MOZART
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (arr Jeannette Sorrell): Suite of Dances (c.1784)
Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach: String Symphony in A Wq 182/4 (1773)
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 5 in D K 175 (1773)
16:00 WCLV DRIVE TIME with Bill O’Connell - Music and information for the afternoon commute, including Composers Datebook at 4:00pm and the Movie Quiz at 4:25.
Ola Gjeilo: Ubi caritas (2001)
Will Todd: My Lord Has Come (2011)
Franz Joseph Haydn: Minuet & Finale from Symphony No. 103 (1795)
Gail Kubik: Gerald McBoing Boing (1950)
Kurt Weill: Schickelgruber (1942)
Henryk Wieniawski: Polonaise No. 1 in D Op 4 (1852)
Henri Rabaud: Suite Anglaise No. 3 in G (1917)
Sir Edward Elgar: Lux aeterna ["Nimrod"] (1899)
Rihards Dubra: Ave Maria I (1989)
18:00 BBC NEWS; DINNER CLASSICS
Franz Joseph Haydn: Symphony No. 98 in B-Flat (1792)
Kurt Weill (arr Jed Distler): Lost in the Stars (1949)
Bedrich Smetana: The Two Widows: Overture (1874)
19:00 SYMPHONY AT SEVEN with John Simna
Franz Joseph Haydn: Symphony No. 63 in C “La Roxelane” (1780)
Bedrich Smetana (arr George Szell): String Quartet No. 1 in e “From My Life” (1876)
20:00 WCLV ESSENTIAL CLASSICS
Benjamin Britten: The Young Person’s Guide to Orchestra Op 34 (1946)
Sir Edward Elgar: Enigma Variations Op 36 (1899)
21:00 THE NEW YORK PHILHARMONIC THIS WEEK with Alec Baldwin - Alan Gilbert, conductor; Rudolph Buchbinder, piano
Johannes Brahms: Piano Concerto No. 2 in B-Flat Op 83 (1881)
Peter Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 6 in b Op 74 “Pathétique” (1893)
Bonus: Maurice Ravel: Daphnis et Chloé: Suite No. 2 (1913)
23:00 LATE PROGRAM
Morten Lauridsen: Lux Aeterna: O nata lux (1997)
Bright Sheng: Moonlight Shadows from “Never Far Away” (2008)
Jean Roger-Ducasse: Interlude from “Au jardin de Marguerite” (1909)
Eriks Esenvalds: Stars (2011)
Georg Muffat: Chaconne from Concerto Grosso in G “Lucky Stars” (1701)
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