The energy of music in the mornings, May 21 - 25

The energy of music in the mornings, May 21 - 25

It’s Top 5 week! Every morning at 6:40, guess the Mystery Pieces WXXI listeners say they love most.


Monday, May 21

Start the day with works by Beethoven, Copland, and the composer FaurĂ© described as The Samson of Music.   On the Composers Datebook: Adolphe's "Tyrannosaurus Sue" from A Cretaceous Concerto.  Garrison offers a poem by one of the most quoted writers in the English language: one who said, "To err is human; to forgive, divine."

Tuesday, May 22

Garrison marks the birthday of the man who invented Sherlock Holmes!    Brenda offers pieces by Albeniz, Tchaikovsky, and Bela Fleck.  Pianist Jon Nakamatsu teams up with the chameleon of instruments.  On the Composers Datebook, Bright Sheng's "Flute Moon" 

Wednesday, May 23

Start the day with blazing energy: Gliere’s Russian Sailor’s Dance, Wagner’s Flying Dutchman, Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess.  On the Composers Datebook: Da Ponte (and Mozart) in NYC

Thursday, May 24

Who needs that second cup of coffee when you have Vivaldi, Mozart, and John Williams on the radio? On the Composers’ Datebook, Elgar's Second

 Friday, May 25

End the week with the U.S. Army Band, Jeff Tyzik, and an English soprano passed over for RenĂ©e Fleming.  (Fleming has been confirmed to appear at the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee concert at Buckingham Palace on June 4, and Limelight magazine can't help but wonder: why not an English soprano – say, Kate Royal?) On the Composers Datebook, Delibes plays with dolls.