Featured Works

Each weekday on JPR's Classics & News Service, we shine the spotlight on a pair of pieces we've chosen as "Featured Works." Tune in at 9am during First Concert and 2pm during Siskiyou Music to hear a bit of background on the pieces and composers, as well as commentary on important dates in classical music history.

Featured Works for November – First Concert
(*Indicates November birthday)

Nov 1 F Aaron Copland: Red Pony Suite

Nov 4 M Alexander Borodin: Polovtsian Dances from “Prince Igor”
Nov 5 T Manuel de Falla: Harpsichord Concerto
Nov 6 W Jean-Baptiste Bréval*: Trio Concertant in B flat major
Nov 7 T Ignaz Brüll*: Andante and Allegro
Nov 8 F Johannes Brahms: Violin Sonata No. 1

Featured Works for October – First Concert
(*Indicates October birthday)

Oct 1 T Paul Dukas*: Variations, Interlude and Finale on a Theme by Rameau
Oct 2 W Frantisek Tuma*: Sinfonia in B flat major
Oct 3 T William Walton: Viola Concerto
Oct 4 F Aaron Copland: Appalachian Spring

Featured Works for September – First Concert
(*Indicates September birthday)

Sep 2 M Alphons Diepenbrock*: Lydische Nacht (Lydian Night)
Sep 3 T Johann Sebastian Bach: Keyboard Concerto in E major
Sep 4 W Darius Milhaud*: Symphony No. 12; "Rurale" 
Sep 5 T Giacomo Meyerbeer*: Ballet of the Skaters
Sep 6 F Ralph Vaughan Williams: Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis

Featured Works for August – First Concert
(*Indicates August birthday)

Aug 1 T Jerome Moross*: Symphony No. 1
Aug 2 F Sergei Prokofiev: Symphony in D major, “Classical”

Aug 5 M Leonardo Leo*: Cello Concerto
Aug 6 T Heitor Villa-Lobos: Bachianas Brasileiras No. 8
Aug 7 W Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Symphony No. 19
Aug 8 T Cécile Chaminade*: Poème provençal
Aug 9 F Robert Schumann: Violin Sonata No. 1

Featured Works for July – First Concert
(*Indicates July birthday)

July 1 M Béla Bartók: Piano Concerto No. 1
July 2 T Christoph Willibald von Gluck*: Trio Sonata in F major
July 3 W Philippe Gaubert*: Flute Sonata in A major
July 4 T Reena Esmail: #metoo
July 5 F Paul Ben-Haim*: Evocation (Yizkor)

Featured Works for June – First Concert
(*Indicates June birthday)

June 3 M George Whitefield Chadwick: Tam O’Shanter
June 4 T Ludwig van Beethoven: Cello Sonata No. 2
June 5 W Adolf Wiklund*: Piano Concerto No. 2
June 6 T Jennifer Higdon: Harp Concerto
June 7 F Camille Saint-Saëns: The Muse and the Poet

Featured Works for May – First Concert
(*Indicates May birthday)

May 1 W Leo Sowerby*: Florida Suite
May 2 T Henry Purcell: Instrumental Music from The Fairy Queen
May 3 F Francis Poulenc: Concert champêtre

Featured Works for April – First Concert
(*Indicates April birthday)

Apr 1 M Pieter Hellendaal*: Concerto Grosso in D major
Apr 2 T Ludwig Van Beethoven: Symphony No. 1
Apr 3 W Albert Roussel: Fragments symphoniques de “Le Festin de l’Araignée”

Apr 4-10 Spring Membership Drive

Apr 11 T Ottorino Respighi: The Ballad of the Gnomes
Apr 12 F Carolus Antonius Fodor*: Symphony in G major

Featured Works for March – First Concert
(*Indicates March birthday)

Mar 1 F Frédéric Chopin*: Fantasy on Polish Airs

Mar 4 M Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky: Suite from “Swan Lake”
Mar 5 T Arthur Foote*: Piano Trio No. 2
Mar 6 W Benjamin Britten: Simple Symphony
Mar 7 T Elisabeth Claude Jacquet de la Guerre: Violin Sonata No. 2
Mar 8 F Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach*: Oboe Concerto in B flat major

Featured Works for February – First Concert
(*Indicates February birthday)

Feb 1 F Victor Herbert*: Selections from Natoma

Feb 4 M William C. Banfield: Symphony No. 6
Feb 5 T Mikhail Ippolitov-Ivanov: Caucasian Sketches
Feb 6 W Joseph Boulogne: Violin Concerto in D major
Feb 7 T Florence Price: Piano Sonata in E minor
Feb 8 F André Grétry*: Ballet Music from Cephale et Procris

Featured Works for January – First Concert
(*Indicates January birthday)

Jan 1 T New Year’s Day Live From Vienna
Jan 2 W Richard Wagner: Overture to Der fliegende Holländer
Jan 3 T Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky: Suite from “Sleeping Beauty”
Jan 4 F Johannes Brahms: Eight Piano Pieces, Op. 76

Featured Works for December – First Concert
(*Indicates December birthday)

Dec 3 M Irving Fine*: Partita for Wind Quintet
Dec 4 T Hamilton Harty*: A Comedy Overture
Dec 5 W Francesco Geminiani*: Concerto in D minor; “Follia”
Dec 6 T Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky: Capriccio Italien
Dec 7 F Ottorino Respighi: The Birds

Featured Works for November – First Concert
(*Indicates November birthday) 

Nov 1 T Hyacinthe Jadin: String Quartet in F minor
Nov 2 F Johannes Brahms: Variations on a Theme by Haydn

Nov 5 M Richard Strauss: Till Eulenspiegel’s Merry Pranks
Nov 6 T John Philip Sousa*: Tales of a Traveler
Nov 7 W William Alwyn*: Pastoral Fantasia
Nov 8 T Friedrich Kalkbrenner*: Piano Sonata in G major
Nov 9 F François Couperin*: Quatrième Concert

Featured Works for October – First Concert
(*Indicates October birthday)

Oct 1 M Paul Dukas*: La Péri
Oct 2 T Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 11
Oct 3 W Aaron Copland: Duo for Flute and Piano
Oct 4 T Manuel Ponce: Concierto del Sur
Oct 5 F Eduard Franck*: Violin Sonata in E major

Featured Works for September – First Concert
(*Indicates September birthday)

Sep 3 M Pietro Locatelli*: Violin Concerto in D major
Sep 4 T Darius Milhaud*: La Création du Monde
Sep 5 W Amy Beach*: Theme and Variations
Sep 6 T Franz Schubert: Fantasy in C major
Sep 7 F Joseph Haydn: Symphony No. 94; “The Surprise”

Featured Works for August – First Concert
(*Indicates August birthday)

Aug 1 W Jerome Moross*: The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn Suite
Aug 2 T Ermanno Wolf-Ferrari: Idillio-Concertino for Oboe
Aug 3 F Ludwig van Beethoven: Piano Sonata No. 1

Featured Works for July – First Concert
(*Indicates July birthday)

July 2 M Christoph Willibald von Gluck*: Selections from Don Juan
July 3 T Leos Janácek*: Lachian Dances
July 4 W Leonard Bernstein: On the Waterfront
July 5 T Paul Ben-Haim*: Pastorale Variée for Clarinet
July 6 F Ludwig van Beethoven: Piano Sonata No. 17; “The Tempest”

Featured Works for June – First Concert
(*Indicates June birthday)

June 1 F Ernest Bloch: Concerto Grosso No. 1

June 4 M Ottorino Respighi: Ancient Airs and Dances Suite No. 1
June 5 T Leonardo Leo: Concerto for Cello, Two Violins and Continuo
June 6 W Richard Wagner: Siegfried Idyll
June 7 T Joseph Haydn: Keyboard Concerto in D major
June 8 F Robert Schumann: Piano Sonata No. 2

Featured Works for May – First Concert
(*Indicates May birthday)

May 1 T William Lawes*: Royal Consort Sett No. 9
May 2 W Jacques Ibert: Concertino da Camera
May 3 T Ernest Bloch: Schelomo
May 4 F Joseph Haydn: Symphony No. 104

Featured Works for April – First Concert
(*Indicates April birthday)

Apr 2 M Maurice Ravel: Daphnis et Chloé Suite No. 1
Apr 3 T Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco*: Guitar Quintet
Apr 4 W Camille Saint-Saëns: Violin Concerto No. 1

Apr 5-11 Spring Membership Drive

Apr 12 T Pietro Nardini*: Violin Concerto in G major
Apr 13 F William Sterndale Bennett*: Caprice in E major

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