Exploring the often surprising links between concepts, themes and people in classical music, from medieval to modern
Saturday, 4 p.m. – 5 p.m.Rebroadcast Sunday, 2 p.m. – 3 p.m.on Music Station
Concertos have been written for the mandolin (top left), Swiss alphorn (top right,) glass armonica (bottom left), and marimba (bottom right).
In the orchestra, as in the movies, there are stars and there are supporting players.
But every so often there’s a breakout role for an instrument that’s most often relegated to the background. And sometimes, a showpiece for an instrument that’s not part of the standard concert hall line-up to begin with.
Just consider the challenge of writing a concerto for the mandolin, tuba, saxophone, harmonica—or the 12-foot-long Swiss alphorn.
In this hour, we’ll hear how it’s done—and done amazingly well—by Vivaldi, Mozart, Villa-Lobos, Haydn, Vaughan Williams—and more.
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