Theme & Variations with Joe Law
Sundays @ 2pM


Musicians have always moved from place to place, and today's program features the music of several immigrant composers: Julius Benedict, Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco, John Dowland, Louis Grabu, Thomas Oboe Lee, Charles Martin Loeffler, Josef Mysliveček,  Andre Previn and Adrian Willaert.


This week's program is a reminder of Shakespeare's popularity outside England.  You'll hear music  from non-British productions of his plays, composed by Claude Debussy, Engelbert Humperdinck, Jacques Ibert, Walter Leigh, Sergei Prokofiev, Henri Rabaud and Jean Sibelius.


This week's program features an assortment of wind concertos by Bernhard Crusell, Johann Nepomuk Hummel, Alessandro Marcello, W. A. Mozart (well, maybe) and Richard Strauss.


In honor of Cinco de Mayo, this week's program presents music by composers born in Mexico: Julian Trujillo Carrillo, Carlo Chavez, Ricardo Castro Herrera, Miguel Bernal Jimenez, Jose Pablo Moncayo, Manuel Ponce, Marcela Rodriguez, Silvestre Revueltas and Manuel de Sumaya.


To celebrate Mother's Day, this week's program presents music composed, premiered, and/or published in the year my mother was born.  The composers are Arnold Bax, Claude Debussy,  Charles Ives, Scott Joplin, Jules Massenet, Xaver Scharwenka, Alexander Scriabin and Igor Stravinsky.


Queen Victoria was born on May 24, 1819, and today's program celebrates that milestone birthday with music composed during her long reign.  The program includes works by William Sterndale Bennett, Edward Elgar, George Alexander Macfarren, Walter Macfarren, Alice Mary Smith, Johann Strauss I, Arthur Sullivan and Prince Albert.


This week's program includes examples of composers saluting their predecessors.  Those paying tribute are J. C. Bach, Claude Debussy, Paul Dukas, Nicholas Gombert, Reynaldo Hahn, Vincent d'Indy, Yui Kakinuma, Georg Muffat, Thea Musgrave, Maurice Ravel, P. I. Tchaikovsky and Charles-Marie Widor.