Monday, August 20, 2007

Sometime During Summer Of 2007, New Classical WETA-FM Graduates From Classical Musical Kindergarten And From Classical Top 100 Format

With eye on posterity, I will note that the new Classical WETA-FM, in the Nation's Capital, graduated from kindergarten sometime during the summer of 2007; and that it no longer fully chooses its selections from the WETA/WGMS 2007 merger legacy WGMS programming software. But while the new Classical WETA-FM is by no means an acceptable classical musical station for its educated regional audiences, it can no longer -- as it could during its first six months -- be described as the new Classical WETA-FM Lite.

While it is no Classical BBC, the newer Classical WETA-FM does now feature "deeper" playlists, if still not much outstanding twentieth century music nor American music from the 18th to 21st centuries. Yesterday, the station broadcast both the Max Bruch Symphony #3 and the Nicholai Rimsky-Korsakov Symphony #3 (and the Beethoven Symphony #3, the Eroica); rather than the 1,000th broadcasts of a flute work by Frederick the Great, or the Suite from the Tale of Tsar Saltan, Tsar of Tmutarakan (with Flight of the Bumblebee), 1900. (And at about 3 AM on Saturday morning, the newer Classical WETA-FM, in Greater Washington, broadcast the finale from Lou Harrison's poignant "Elegaic" Symphony. Perhaps by November, they will get around to broadcasting the full work some night at 3 AM -- especially the sublime second movement.)

Despite the greater "depth", the retained WGMS management team at the new Classical WETA-FM still doesn't have a clue as to why it is important to introduce audiences to classic works of American classical music, or to great twentieth century classical music. Instead, they must mount this month's 'classical essay contest' aimed at discovering how to reconnect wider audiences to classical music, rather than leading the way themselves. Long live the newer Classical WETA-FM, the new Tsar Saltan!

Still generally clueless (and American classical music-less) newer Classical WETA-FM, in the Nation's Capital.

During overnight hours WETA features programming from Public Radio International's Classical 24 network.

Naxos Collection of Recorded American Classical Music.

National Gallery of Art, American Painting Collection.

Smithsonian American Art Museum.

Flight of the Bumblebee from Alexander Pushkin's The Tale of Tsar Saltan.

... "Late at night, with tipsy head,
Tsar Saltan was put to bed" ...

Nicholai Rimsky-Korsakov's superb skill at orchestration may have been influenced by his synesthesia.

Image credit: (c) Progress Publishers 21, Zubovsky Boulevard, Moscow,
USSR. 1970. Via With thanks.


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