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
The organ in Boston's Symphony Hall
The organ has been called the “king of instruments,” and when it’s used in an orchestral work, the challenge is to keep it from overpowering everything else—unless, of course, that’s the point, as in those opening moments of Richard Strauss’s Festival Prelude for Organ and Orchestra.
It’s a challenge that’s been faced and met by a wide range of composers, as we’ll explore in this hour, with works by Handel, Haydn, Liszt, Saint-Saens, and Copland, among others.
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