Composers Datebook


Composers Datebook is a daily two-minute program designed to inform, engage, and entertain listeners with timely information about composers of the past and present. Each program notes significant or intriguing musical events involving composers of the past and present - with appropriate and accessible music related to each.

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Composers Datebook is distributed by American Public Media via the ContentDepot.

ContentDepot Delivery Time: Monday 0:00 ET

Each feed contains seven segments for Monday through Sunday of the current week.

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American Public Media client stations may carry any or all Composers Datebook programs an unlimited number of times on the air date (within the 24-hour release period for each day-specific program). No excerpting or editing of an individual program is allowed; it must be carried in its entirety.

This program is free for APM affiliate stations. If you are a non-affiliate station and are interested in the program, please contact us about affiliation. Stations must confirm carriage before putting it on the air.

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Featured Audio

Composers Datebook: From September 22
President Eisenhower accidentally titles a song cycle for Leonard Bernstein: 'Arias and Barcarolles'