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Friday Feedback for February 19, 2016


Should change your name from Classical to "Baroque and Guitar Schmaltz All the Time." -- fasote

Listener Carroll wrote:

Thanks very much for adding the Political Junkie. I like both the content and the time it is aired. Good choice!

Listener Richard wrote:

We listen to 91.3 a lot. Or, I should say it is on a lot for background. My wife likes it, I think, and I sort of do, but I am getting very tired of Diane [Rehm] and Click and Clack. I personally would like to get 96.7 at home in Southport and can't unless the wind is in the right direction, maybe. When are you going to fix that??? Public radio is very enjoyable but if I can't get what I like, why should I contribute. I do give to UNC-TV and I can get it. If you could fix your problem you would get more bucks from down this-a-way. Sorry for being a bit negative, but you have a good station compared to the other STUFF that I could get. Please do something. Thank you.

For Richard and others, we hope to be able to get a better signal into Southport, but we are still working on that and have nothing definite to announce at this time. Thank you for listening and writing. We will keep you posted.

[AUDIO CLIP] Good morning. This is the 3rd Saturday morning that your announcer with the recorded messages has said it is Sunday and that we will have Splendid Table. It is Saturday, and we do not have the Splendid Table. Thank you.

Listener fasote wrote:

[You] Should change your name from Classical to "Baroque and Guitar Schmaltz All the Time." Strange, out of the past 4000 years of musical history you choose to use only one period regularly and then crap from the last 20 years! I hear guitar about every other piece you play, why not the nose flute or the occarina or the fart focuser - all predate the guitar and most orchestral instruments? Come on if you are going to do obscure instruments why not the Ondes Martineau or the Theramin??? Just about stopped when you played a piece by both Brahms and Poulenc the other day. I have never heard you play Scriabine [cq] and so many other composers! Not sure I have ever heard you play anything by an English composer and not sure I have ever heard you play anything from the Romantic period...Classical and Impressionistic periods very rarely if at best. Some of us progressed beyond Vivaldi/Mozart and the Beetles…

First of all, it is not possible to progress beyond Mozart. Glad to clear that up.

Much of the time, I like to simply read our Feedback comments and have them speak for themselves. But since this is the second message we have received recently accusing us of concentrating on Baroque music, guitar music, or worst of all, Baroque music for guitar, I decided a response is needed. This is called the reproof valiant. So just for fun – and admittedly my idea of fun may be different from yours -- I decided to look at an entire playlist, midnight to midnight. I chose February 2nd. Exactly 6 works in that period, or 5.82% of the 103 works played that day, included a guitar. 20 of the works or 19.41% were by Baroque composers.

For us the bottom line is that we believe there’s overall a good balance between early music, Baroque, Classical, early and late Romantic, 20th- and 21st-Century. In fact, on the website [see below] we’ll have a list of the composers represented that day so you can see for yourself, and check my math in the process. It’ll be fun!

Oh, and exactly 1 work was Baroque and for guitar. That’s 0.97%. But who’s counting?

We'd love to hear from you on Friday Feedback. You can send an email message to feedback-at-whqr-dot-org, or you can leave a call at 910-292-9477. And thanks for your Feedback.

Composers whose works were played on Classical HQR, Tuesday February 3, 2016:

6 works for guitar included in the list below

Aaron Copland

Alberto Ginastera

Alexander Glazunov (2)

Ambroise Thomas

Amy Beach

Anonymous (Renaissance)

Anton Arensky

Antonin Dvorak (2)

Antonio Lauro

Antonio Vivaldi (3)

Arthur Sullivan

C.P.E. Bach

Carl Maria von Weber

Carlos Baguer

Catrin Finch

Claude Debussy (3)

Cyril Scott

David Diamond

Domenico Cimarosa

Eduard Lalo

Edvard Grieg

Edward Elgar (2)

Emmanuel Chabrier

Ennio Morricone

Felix Mendelssohn

Francois Couperin

Frank Bridge

Franz Joseph Haydn (3)

Franz Lehar

Franz Liszt

Franz Schubert (3)

Frederic Chopin (3)

Gabriel Pierne

Gaspard Fritz

Georg Philip Telemann (2)

George Frideric Handel (2)

Georges Bizet

Germain Tailleferre

Giovanni Bottesini

Giovanni Reali

Girolamo Frescobaldi (2)

Giuseppe Tartini

Gustav Holst

Henry Purcell

Ho Zhan Hao & Chen Kang

J. Rosamond Johnson

J.S. Bach (2)

Jean Sibelius

Joachim Anderson

Joan Trimble

Johan Halvorsen

Johann David Heinichen

Johann Hummel

Johann Strauss, Jr.

Johannes Brahms

John Larchet

Leopold Mozart

Ludovico Einaudi

Ludwig van Beethoven (4)

Manuel de Falla

Mauro Giuliani

Michael Torke

Michel de la Barre

Ottorino Respighi

Pablo de Sarasate

Peter Hope

Pietro Mascagni

Richard Strauss

Robert Volkmann

Saverio Mercadante

Sergei Rachmaninoff

Sergio Assad

Stanley Myers

Tomas Luis de Victoria

Traditional Irish

William Boyce

William Walton

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (7)