Lamentations and rending of garments have accompanied observations about how concert music radio stations have taken to playing movements from pieces rather than the entire composition. This morning on my drive to work, I heard part of the Scherzo from Anton Bruckner's Fifth Symphony. Not the whole thing, just part of it.

I look forward to the day when they play the second theme from the first movement of Beethoven's Second Symphony.


  1. Anonymous12:18 PM

    Hey! doncha love those TV ads for "this 4-CD set contains all the classical music you and your family will ever need!.... Those glorious melodies, without all the boring connective stuff!"

    I wonder if some enterprising blogger hasn't already created a sort of online Cliff Notes for classical music. It could be a little like my old "Opera Themes and Plots" with sound clips!

    Bill Brice

  2. Hah! Reminds me of the day I was listening to the venerable WGBH in Boston and they played a Strauss waltz at the wrong speed. They apparently had been playing a 45 rpm lp, and didn't change the speed when they went next to a 33 rpm disc. They argued with me when I called, but eventually someone changed to the correct speed.

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