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Connections

Series produced by Capital Public Radio

Caption: Connections host Stephen Peithman
Connections host Stephen Peithman 

Host Stephen Peithman explores ideas, themes and people connected by various classical works.

"I've always been intrigued by the connections between different compositions and/or composers," explains host Stephen Peithman, "and on Connections we explore those connections in a way that's both informative and entertaining. We focus on works that display a strong influence of another work or composer, that draw directly from other works, or that share a common theme or inspiration. There are great stories to be told--both comic and dramatic--and a lot of great music, too."


10 Pieces

Order by: Newest First | Oldest First
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One is earthy and comical--an 18th century musical tale of thieves, tramps and trollops. The other is the most beloved holiday concert piece in the...

  • Added: Nov 13, 2013
  • Length: 59:00
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We know it as “Good King Wenceslas,” but the carol, written in the mid-1800s, has a tune borrowed from a medieval salute to spring flowers! Join ho...

Bought by KRPS and WUAL


  • Added: Nov 13, 2013
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 2
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They stand in humble contrast with those other famous visitors to the stable in Bethlehem--the mysterious and awesome Three Kings—but it is the she...

Bought by WUAL


  • Added: Nov 11, 2013
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 1
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Many composers—Jewish or not—have used Hebraic themes and styles in their music, and whether religious or secular in spirit, their efforts display ...

  • Added: Oct 31, 2013
  • Length: 59:00
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It is the birthplace of Thanksgiving, the Boston Tea Party, and the Revolutionary War. The home of maple syrup and blazing autumn color. And the c...

  • Added: Oct 22, 2013
  • Length: 59:00
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It is no coincidence that three of Aaron Copland's most powerful works -- Appalachian Spring, Fanfare for the Common Man, and A Lincoln Portrait --...

Bought by WAMC


  • Added: Jul 03, 2013
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 1
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“There are only two kinds of people in the world,” goes the saying, “The Irish, and those who wish they were.” That may be the reason so much class...

Bought by Interlochen Public Radio, KVSC, WNMU-FM, and KHEN-LP


  • Added: Feb 27, 2013
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 4
Caption: Connections host Stephen Peithman
While thoughts of Christmas music usually turn to carols and choirs, many original instrumental works have been written for the season—including on...

Bought by WUAL, WKSU, and KRPS


  • Added: Nov 14, 2012
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 3
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George Bizet used an old Provencal carol to open his L’Arlesienne Suite. A British hymn writer borrowed the tune from a now-forgotten work by Felix...

Bought by KRPS, WVRU, WUAL, WFIU, WKSU and more


  • Added: Oct 29, 2012
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 7
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Winter may be the coldest season of the year, when days are shortest and the nights are longest. It also brings people indoors, to visit with fami...

Bought by WKSU


  • Added: Oct 25, 2012
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 1