Wake up with the sounds of the kinds of birds you’d see at a winter feeder. If you wake up early enough, you can test yourself on the daily mystery piece at 6:40. This week, we’ll count down composers who banked the most money over the course of their careers, adjusted for inflation. Hear classical music from the WXXI library, the latest NPR News, a new dimension from the Composer’s Datebook at 7:20 a.m.
Monday, December 11
Wake up and warm up with Russian fire, two spunky mandolins playing Vivaldi, and an Advent prayer. Composers include Mozart, J.S. Bach, and Cecilia McDowall.
Tuesday, December 12
Tune in for Courtly Dances, a suite from Carmen, a walking tune and traditional music for a wintertime festival of lights.
Wednesday, December 13
Treat yourself to a peaceful start with “Venus” from The Planets by Gustav Holst, a winter rose, and validation that it’s a wonderful life in music by Canadian composer Howard Cable. Pianist Murray Perahia stirs up Chopin’s icy winter wind etude.
Thursday, December 14
Wake to strange birds, a shining star, and a dance that made a postulant blush. Waltz to the "Blue Danube" and a suite of original carols by Christopher Rouse that sparkles with folksy exuberance.
Friday, December 15
The forecast: scattered Christmas tunes, mainly after seven. Mostly Romantic with light Mozartian sonata around 9:00. Chance of hearing the Holiday Songbook is 100%. Snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible.