Theme & Variations


Theme & Variations introduces a new topic each week, presenting a wide range of music associated with that theme. Drawn from a millennium of Western classical music, the selections are an eclectic mix of familiar favorites and rarities. Theme and Variations is produced locally in Discover Classical's studios by host Joe Law.


This week’s program features concert works by composers better known for their film scores: Alexandre Desplat, Jerry Goldsmith, Bernard Herrmann, Erich Wolfgang Korngold, Ennio Morricone, Nino Rota and John Williams.



This week’s program features film music by composers not usually associated with that medium: Arthur Benjamin, Leonard Bernstein, Aaron Copland, Hans Werner Henze, John Ireland, Camille Saint-Saëns and Virgil Thomson.



There are six serenades in store this week by Marc Blitzstein, Benjamin Britten, Reynaldo Hahn, Lou Harrison, Ethel Smyth and P. I. Tchaikovsky.