Composers of the Middle Romantic

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by Elrik Merlin on Wednesday, 17 April, 2013

Today, we are featuring composers from the Romantic Era (an era that encompasses composers born around the first half of the 19th Century, give or take a few decades).

In this programme, we are looking specifically at music from around the middle of the period, with a few minor exceptions to include some Good Stuff: in other words, we’re featuring composers born between around 1820 and 1840.

Thus in today’s programme you can enjoy the likes of Brahms, Bruckner, Franck, Saint‐Saens, Wagner, Mussorgsky and others, plus a few lesser‐known personal favourites, like American composer and virtuoso pianist, Louis Moreau Gottschalk (1829–69) — whom I tend to think of (completely erroneously I suspect) as “America’s Satie”, not least because of his refreshing ability to have a bit of fun.

Mind you, there is quite a bit of fun in the rest of today’s show, including Johannes Brahms’ rousing romp, the Academic Festival Overture (in a marvellous performance by the Columbia Symphony Orchestra conducted by Bruno Walter). You don’t think of Brahms as particularly light‐hearted, but this piece is extremely lively; and towards the end, the score urges the violins to “Play as loud as possible” — and you can hear them whizzing up and down. Can’t be bad.

The picture is Around the Piano (Autour du piano), an 1885 painting by French artist Henri Fantin‐Latour.

Zeeber Gold: Yoko Ono

Then join us later at 11am or 7pm Pacific (19:00 or 03:00 in the UK) for the latest in our series of period ZBS Foundation  interviews with the movers and shakers of the 1960s and ‘70s: Zeeber Gold.

This week the subject is none other than Yoko Ono, avant garde artist and wife of John Lennon. The programme, recorded in 1966, contains a series of theatre pieces performed in London, recorded and mixed with the awestruck, bewildered and outraged comments of people in the audience as well as Miss Ono’s gentle explanations. No, Lennon was not there.

Today’s programme is presented by Elrik Merlin. You can listen to the programme in‐world now at, or simply click here to start your player, if your browser is configured to do so. Listeners in the United States are encouraged to tune in using this link:


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