Every weekday morning at 10 a.m., the hosts at Classical MPR play a standout work based on the theme for the week. We call them Morning Glories.
Not all classical music is weighty or solemn. Some of it is designed to provide diversion and we'll offer five pieces that make that claim, right in their titles.
MondayLeonard Bernstein: Divertimento for Orchestra
Listeners to this work have heard echoes of Beethoven, John Philip Sousa, and Woody Woodpecker.
TuesdayWolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Divertimento for Winds, K. 131
The divertimento was a staple of the Classical era. Here's an example by the 16-year-old Mozart.
WednesdayGordon Jacob: Divertimento for Harmonica and Strings
Gordon Jacob's piece features an instrument we don't hear too often in the classical world.
ThursdayRichard Strauss: Divertimento after Couperin
Maurice Ravel wasn't the only one to compose an homage to François Couperin here's Strauss's orchestration of keyboard music by the Baroque master.
FridayEmile Bernard: Divertissement in F
Music with a light French touch, written for a double wind quintet.