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.


November's "Composers on the Road" series wraps up with some of the music Antonin Dvorak composed in the United States while he was director of the National Conservatory of Music of America (1892-1895).



This week, you’ll be hearing orchestral variations by English composers: Malcolm Arnold, Benjamin Britten, Samuel Coleridge-Taylor, Edward Elgar, Ralph Vaughan Williams and six composers working collaboratively.



Pay a visit to 1923 this week for some music composed or premiered a century ago. It's by Aaron Copland, Gustav Holst, Erich Wolfgang Korngold, Hans Krasa, Ernst Krenek, Sergei Prokofiev and Ottorino Respighi.