Theme & Variations with Joe Law
Sundays @ 2pM


This week's program features compositions inspired by cautionary tales. The music is by Carl Ditters von Dittersdorf, Paul Dukas, Antonin Dvorak, Cesar Franck, Keith Gates, Gavin Gordon, Liza Lehmann, Roger Quilter and Camille Saint-Saens.


This week's program examines musical ciphers, with verbal messages embedded in music by J. S. Bach, Arnold Bax, Amy Beach, Benjamin Britten, Cristobal Halffter, Franz Liszt, Arvo Part, Maurice Ravel, Robert Schumann and Dmitri Shostakovich.


To celebrate the 100th episode of Theme and Variations, this week's program presents music connected to the number 100.  You'll hear works by Amy Beach, Johannes Brahms, Joseph Haydn, Charles Ives, Franz Schubert, Heinrich Schutz, Ralph Vaughan Williams and Antonio Vivaldi.


This week's program presents music inspired by the lives of saints, composed by Jean Coulthard, Claude Debussy, G. F. Handel, Roy Harris, Alan Hovhaness, Franz Liszt and Virgil Thomson.


On the December 16 program, you'll hear five works that premiered on December 16.  The music is by Aaron Copland, Antonin Dvorak, Sergei Prokofiev, Emil von Reznicek and Dmitri Shostakovich.


This week's program presents of variations on Christmas themes by J. S. Bach, Benjamin Britten, Pierre Cochereau, Norman Dello Joio, Andre Fleury, Franz Liszt, Marcel Samuel-Rousseau, Igor Stravinsky and Samuel Wesley.


To wrap up 2018, this week's program pays tribute to some of the musicians we lost this year: Montserrat Caballe, Kathleen Hoover, Jesus Lopez-Cobos, Livia Rev, Jean-Claude Malgoire, Gennady Rozhdestvensky, Claudio Scimone, Michel Senechal, George Walker and Olly Wilson.