In 1959, Kind of Blue, Time Out, Giant Steps, and The Shape of Jazz to Come were just a few of the recordings that changed the face of jazz as we know it. On December 15th, WRTI honors the jazz giants of 1959 with 12 hours of great music! Join us as we feature the songs and musicians who revolutionized the jazz sound, including Miles Davis, Dave Brubeck, John Coltrane, Charles Mingus, and Ornette Coleman.
Ludwig van Beethoven towers as one of history's greatest classical composers. He triumphed over a total loss of hearing to write some of the most heroic, uplifting music the world has ever known. His repertoire includes nine symphonies, five piano concertos, one violin concerto, sixteen string quartets, and one opera. On December 16th tune in to hear the best works and recordings of Beethoven, curated by your very own WRTI hosts. It's "Lots of Ludwig" for 12 hours! Please join us.
Think you've got the biggest Beethoven book of knowledge? We'll see exactly how much you know during our Beethoven Trivia Contest. Up for the challenge? Submit your answers by 11:59 PM Tuesday the 15th to be eligible.
3. Some of Beethoven's best-loved works were premiered in one really long concert in 1808. The 5th and 6th Symphonies, 4th Piano Concerto, the Choral Fantasy, a concert aria, and excerpts from his Mass in C minor all were played in one evening in an unheated Vienna concert hall. How long did the audience have to sit there to hear the whole thing?
4. Beethoven wrote a lot of chamber music. In fact, some of his earliest published works were for performance by small groups. His string quartets are considered the cornerstone of the chamber music repertoire, even today. How many string quartets did he write?
The contest has ended. All Contest entries had to be submitted between 12:01 AM Friday, December 11, 2009 and 11:59 PM Tuesday, December 15, 2009. For more information click here.