A miracle?

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If you like classical music, you know it's hard to find a good radio station that plays a wide range of music, not just the usual Beethoven and Mozart hits. That's where the Internet comes in handy, with so many live streams out there, ripe for the taking, for free.

One of my favorites is 90.5.1 FM, KUAT, put out by the University of Arizona. Just today, their schedule includes Hindemith's Symphony, "Mathis der Maler," Ravel's Daphnis et Chloé and Sibelius's Karelia Suite"¦ all worth clicking in for, I think.

If you like more traditional flavors, check out Haydn's Symphony No. 101 in D, or "The Clock" as it's often called, tonight at 10 pm PDT. It's one of Papa Haydn's twelve so-called "London Symphonies," which were composed for his visits to the city between 1791 and 1795.

There's a great story about another of his London Symphonies, Symphony No. 96, or "The Miracle." As the legend goes, Haydn was conducting this piece at a concert at the King's Theater in London, in February 1795. Everyone in the audience rushed the stage to catch a better glimpse of the composer and soon thereafter a chandelier in the back of the hall came crashing down, killing no one, because they'd vacated their seats!

That's why it's called The Miracle Symphony. Only problem is, musicologists now agree that it wasn't Symphony No. 96 he was playing that fateful night, but rather Symphony No. 102 in B-flat major.

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August 29, 2006 - 7:17am
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