Tuesday, June 09, 2009

Rendered Culturally Alive For A Month By God's Thunderous Anger, Classical WETA Programs A Diamond Day Of American Classical Music

Today's Theme Month Selections

6:01 am: God's thunderous disapproval of Classical WETA-FM's American classical music-less programming

7:55 am: David Diamond: Music for Shakespeare's "Romeo and Juliet": I. Overture

9:06 am: John Alden Carpenter: Piano Sonata in G Minor: I. Allegro ma non troppo

11:55 am: David Diamond: Music for Shakespeare's "Romeo and Juliet": II. Balony Scene

1:54 pm: Scott Joplin: Bethena - A Concert Waltz

3:02 pm: Virgil Thomson: Two Sentimental Tangos

4:22 pm: David Diamond: Concert Piece for Flute and Harp: I. Allegro vivo

9:01 pm: David Diamond: Symphony #4

11:03 pm: David Diamond: Rounds for String Orchestra

Classical WETA-FM's One-Month Only American Classical Programming


Header credit: Michaelangelo Moses. Via Wikipedia. With thanks.


Blogger JMW said...

nI suppose one should give WETA an "A" for effort, but really, of all the works of John Alden Carpenter that are available (none too many, but some representative ones), is the early, immature Piano Sonata the best they could do? Do they know anything at all? They will play David Diamond but not his Rounds? (That work is Diamond 101.) Carpenter himself would be appalled.

7:55 AM  
Blogger Garth Trinkl said...

John, thanks for your comment.

Perhaps the highlighting in blue confused things, but they did program Diamond's 'Rounds for String Orchestra' after 11 PM. They even announced that it was probably his most popular piece.
(I don't know why, then, they didn't program it earlier in the day.)

Obviously, Classical WETA is into tokenism, and they love having short movements of American classical piano works available so they can program a two-minute movement and call it a day.

I fear that after July 4, 2009 Classical WETA will revert to at most 3 or 4 minutes a day of American classical music.

The staff members are virtually all from the old WGMS whose computers told then not to program American classical music or they would lose advertising revenue.
The programming of Classical WETA in 2009 is similar to the programming of Commercial WGMS in 1969, when I first listened to it.

8:06 AM  

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