I have never quite figured out the scheme by which the local classical-music station schedules individual works, though they seem to do more baroque stuff during morning drive. This is not, of course, universal:
I wonder: could a person’s musical preferences be set by the state of their mind? As in, people like me who are inclined to be jangled and anxious, we dislike loud, atonal, and variable-tempo or too-fast music? And maybe people who tend to be more the thrill-seeking type prefer fast music? I don’t know. But I do know there are some pieces of music that do me a discomfort and I have groaned audibly when Sirius XM comes on in my car and it’s one of the clashier Stravinsky pieces or even Schoenberg and it also seems to me that one of the hosts on there tends to play them during afternoon drive-time and I am like WHYYY do you play anxious music at a time when a lot of your listeners are likely to be anxious?
Well, let’s see. This is today’s schedule on KUCO-FM, 4:30 to 6 pm:
- Sullivan: Cello Concerto in D
- Sarasate: Zigeunerweisen
- Weiss: Lute Suite No. 13 in D
- Scarlatti: Keyboard Sonata in E, K. 20
- Lindpaintner: Sinfonia Concertante in B-Flat for Wind Quintet & Orchestra
- DeYoung: Babe
Yes, that’s Dennis DeYoung, with a Styx song rearranged for string orchestra. It will definitely sneak up on you:
Future classics, no?