Hosted by: Stephen Peithman

Exploring links between concepts, themes and people in classical music, from medieval to modern

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Saturday, 4 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Rebroadcast Sunday, 2 p.m. – 3 p.m.
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Peithman"On Connections we focus on music that draws directly from other works or composers, or shares a common theme or inspiration," explains host Stephen Peithman. "How Chopin influenced Debussy, for example.  How composers have described mountains, rivers, oceans, trees and birds in musical terms. What terms like 'adagio' and 'scherzo' really mean, and how they get put to use.  It all adds up to great stories and great music."

Stephen has been contributing shows to Capital Public Radio since 1984, first with Musical Stages, and now, Connections.  More...

  • For a list of recordings used in each program, click on the program's title below, after the program has aired.

Upcoming Shows

LATEST SHOW | Saturday, November 21, 2015

The New England Connection

New England, in vocal, instrumental and orchestral works from the 17th to 20th centuries


Saturday, November 14, 2015

The Lunar Connection

The moon in music by Dvorak, Offenbach, Orff, Debussy, Beethoven, and many others


Saturday, November 7, 2015

The War Connection

The First World War as reflected in the music of Debussy, Ravel, Elgar, Holst, Stravinsky, Vaughan Williams, and more.


Saturday, October 31, 2015

The Dies Irae Connection

The Medieval mass for the dead melody in works by Liszt, Berlioz, Saint-Saens, Rachmaninoff, and many more.


Saturday, October 24, 2015

The Wordless Connection

Wordless vocals in orchestral works by Tchaikovsky, Debussy, Ravel, Nielsen, Holst, Vaughan Williams, and more


Saturday, October 17, 2015

The Waltz Connection

How a humble folk dance was transformed into an art form


Saturday, October 10, 2015

The Falstaff Connection

Shakespeare's Sir John Falstaff in music by Salieri, Verdi, Elgar, Vaughan Williams and more.


Saturday, October 3, 2015

The Autumn Connection

Autumn, as portrayed in music by Vivaldi, Tchaikovsky, Grieg, MacDowell, Debussy and more.


Saturday, September 26, 2015

The Listener Connection

Music that struck a chord with our listeners


Saturday, September 19, 2015

The Don Quixote Connection

Don Quixote in works by Purcell, Telemann, Mendelssohn, de Falla, Strauss, Rodrigo and more.