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.


July programs will feature music by American composers, beginning with music for string quartet by Benjamin Franklin (well, maybe), Charles Ives, Jessie Montgomery, Mark O’Connor, Florence Price and Kevin Puts.



This month’s sampling of music by American composers continues with eight sets of variations by David Baker, Amy Beach, Aaron Copland, George Gershwin, Ulysses Kay, Libby Larsen, Lowell Liebermann and John Knowles Paine.



There’s more American music in store this week with sonatas by Samuel Barber, Amy Beach, Leonard Bernstein, Adolphus Hailstork, Vincent Persichetti and Alexander Reinagle.