The Classical Radio Listener of the Future

by Frank Dominguez, WDAV Program Director
I recently returned from a meeting in New York City of specially invited classical radio professionals called together to discuss the future of classical music on the radio. It was a stimulating and congenial conversation hosted by WNYC at their future location (appropriately enough) in Lower Manhattan.
The stations and producers represented a variety of approaches to classical radio programming, but I think it’s accurate to say that they fell into two broad camps: those who are interested in preserving a tradition, and those who seek to invent a new one for a different kind of listener.

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Dona Nobis Pizza

Dona Nobis Pizza, composed by L. Ziblat.
A piece of music about integration. Three themes which have little in common with each other, a Latin American one (Argentinean), a Middle Eastern one and a contemporary one, clashing against each other until they subconsciously assimilate.
As you know, the tomato did not exist in Europe until the discovery of America in 1492. This piece is then an ode of empathy to the Roman empire, before the discovery and integration of the tomato in Europe.

Saint Saens Plays Saint Saens

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In 1905, composer Camille Saint Saens recorded a performance of his Rhapsodie d’Auvergne on a piano roll using a reproducing piano manufactured by M. Welte & Sons (Welte-Mignon).
To hear a portion of it, click here.
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