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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
Centennial Exposition, Philadelphia (1876)
It was a watershed year for music--both in the concert hall and opera house. There were the premieres of Brahms’ first symphony and Wagner’s four-evening-long Ring cycle. Gustav Mahler’s first significant score made its appearance, Grieg and Dvorak produced their first major works to be acclaimed outside their own countries, and a new French opera launched Tchaikovsky on a stream of works on the subject of “fate.”
The year . . . was 1876, and in the eyes of many, it heralded a new age for classical music, whose impact we still feel today.
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