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1:32 pm
Tue December 8, 2009

<a href=http://www.wrti.org/beethovencontest.html>QUESTION #2</a>

2. Which one of the following composers did NOT teach Beethoven?

  • Antonio Salieri
  • Franz Josef Haydn
  • Johann Albrechtsberger
  • Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky

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.

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Contests
4:05 pm
Mon December 7, 2009

<a href=http://www.wrti.org/beethovencontest.html>QUESTION #3</a>

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?

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Contests
12:03 pm
Sun December 6, 2009

<a href=http://www.wrti.org/beethovencontest.html>QUESTION #4</a>

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?

  • 3
  • 39
  • 11
  • 16

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.

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Contests
9:27 am
Sat December 5, 2009

<br><a href=http://www.wrti.org/beethovencontest.html#answers>QUESTION #5</a>

5. An important Beethoven manuscript was discovered a few years ago, in Wynnewood, Pennsylvania. What was it?

  • the Eroica Symphony
  • an unpublished opera
  • an arrangement of his Grosse Fugue for piano four-hands
  • An arrangement of his Symphony No. 7 for piano 5.5 hands

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.

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Discoveries from the Fleisher Collection
9:26 am
Sat December 5, 2009

Works by Ignaz Brull and Walter Burle Marx

Walter Burle Marx

Works by German-Jewish Composer Ignaz Brull and German-Brazilian Composer Walter Burle Marx

On this hundredth anniversary of the Fleisher Collection, we'll hear some of the first music that Mr. Fleisher put on the shelves, and a world premiere that's only a couple of months old.

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Crossover
4:17 pm
Fri December 4, 2009

Vocal Quartet Anonymous 4

Four Centuries of Chant is Anonymous 4's new CD, and a wonderful introduction to the sounds of Gregorian chant.

Join Jill Pasternak when she brings you the ethereal sounds of Anonymous 4. Dedicated to the performance of medieval chant and polyphony, the ensemble is renowned for their unearthly vocal blend and virtuosic ensemble singing. Their recordings are a fixture on the shelves of early music collectors. The four women of Anonymous 4 combine musical, literary, and historical scholarship with contemporary performance intuition as they create ingeniously designed programs, interweaving music with poetry and narrative.

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Creatively Speaking
1:10 pm
Thu December 3, 2009

Conductor Yannick Nezet Seguin--Local Offerings in Family Theater--The History of Rittenhouse Square

Yannick Nezet Seguin is, at least for now, the conductor most likely to be the Philadelphia Orchestra's next music director.

David Patrick Stearns speaks with Yannick Nezet Seguin, who is, at least for now, the conductor most likely to be The Philadelphia Orchestra's next music director.

Susan Lewis explores local offerings in family theater, and discusses different approaches to the form at the Arden, People's Light, and Lantern theaters.

Jim Cotter speaks with Nancy M. Heinzen. Her history of Rittenhouse Square - The Perfect Square - has just been published by Temple University Press.

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News and Views
12:06 pm
Mon November 30, 2009

When Should Women Begin Getting Mammograms? New Guidelines Confuse Issue

When Should Women Begin Getting Mammograms? New Guidelines Confuse Issue

Philadelphia, PA – For nearly two decades women have been advised to get mammograms when they reach the age of 40. But recently that recommendation changed. On this week's News & Views, we'll hear about new guidelines on breast cancer. The revisions have left many women confused, physicans spilt, and breast cancer advocacy groups outraged.

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Columns
9:30 am
Fri November 27, 2009

Now is the Time: Contemporary American Music on WRTI HD-2


Sundays, 10 to 11 pm

On WRTI HD-2 & the All-Classical Web Stream at WRTI.org

Kile Smith, host


Contemporary means "with the times." Contemporary means "now." And Now is the Time to take a listen and explore the music of today's American composers. You'll hear music from Philadelphia and all across the country - by composers who are grabbing audiences with works of beauty and emotion. Join host Kile Smith every Sunday night for all types...and all styles...of contemporary American classical music.

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Crossover
12:28 pm
Wed November 25, 2009

Brass Quintet Canadian Brass

Canadian Brass just released a new CD, Echo: Glory of Gabrieli

The virtuosi of Canadian Brass has made the brass quintet an exciting vehicle for serious concert music. The quintet has a long history of recording classical repertoire. They have a special affinity for Baroque music, which requires the musical structure that has become the Canadian Brass' trademark.

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