Music of the Holidays

December 21, 2019
Ornaments hanging on a Christmas tree.

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On Christmas Eve in Rome in the 1700s, shepherds from the countryside played their music on street corners, music given the title "Pastorale." In Concerti Grossi designed for Christmas by composers such as Torelli, Manfredini, and Corelli, one usually expected a pastorale section. On this week's Classics of the Phonograph, Saturday at 11 am on WILL-FM, we will sample some of these works as conducted by Herbert von Karajan and Leopold Stokowski.  

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