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, October 10, 2015

The Falstaff Connection

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


Saturday, October 03, 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.


Saturday, September 12, 2015

The March Connection

Music in 4/4 time by Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert, Verdi, and Grainger—and one that you’ve probably marched to yourself—possibly more than once.


Saturday, September 05, 2015

The Ocean Connection

Music inspired by the sea, by Mendelssohn, Beethoven, Debussy, Rimsky-Korsakov, Ravel, Britten and more


Saturday, August 29, 2015

The Folk Dance Connection

Folk dance as a nationalist expression in works by Brahms, Liszt, Chopin, Dvorak, Grieg, Bartok, Arnold, and more


Saturday, August 22, 2015

The Paris Connection

Paris in the music of Jacques Offenbach, Frederick Delius, Jacques Ibert, Franz Lehar, George Gershwin, and more


Saturday, August 15, 2015

The Tempest Connection

Works inspired by—or thought to have been inspired by—Shakespeare's The Tempest,


Saturday, August 08, 2015

The Fish Connection

Underwater life in vocal, instrumental and orchestral works by Schubert, Saint-Saens, Debussy, Mahler, and more