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This Labor Day Weekend, WCRB is celebrating the alphabet of composers with an A to Z weekend - a piece by a composer whose name starts with A, then B, and so on through Z, more than 10 times throughout Labor Day Weekend.

Leonard Bernstein at the Berlin Wall, 1989
Andreas Meyer-Schwickerath

When I listen to Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9, I wonder if he had any idea how the central words of the chorus would be taken up as a rallying cry, right at the apex of history, more than a hundred years after he set them to music.

A few days ago, while Googling a piece by Ravel, I noticed something unusual in the "related searches" sidebar: a link to purchase one of the many albums under the "Now That's What I Call Music" series. I have no idea what that has to do with Ravel, but it did get me thinking: what would a classical hits playlist sound like, for, say, the 1790s?

Through a musical lens, author Andrea Avery tells a story of confronting the overwhelming obstacles of chronic illness in pursuit of a career as a pianist in "Sonata: A Memoir of Pain and the Piano." 

Robert Fraser/EMI Records Ltd.

On June 1st, 1967, the US release of the Beatles’ album "Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band" rocked the music world. We're a classical music station, so why should we care? Listen to interviews with classical musicians, radio personalities, international rock stars, and more to find out.

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