Editor’s Note: Dennis James Bartel’s work as a classical music DJ at four major market radio stations included writing and speaking for many music publications and venues. He appeared often at the Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts, the Kennedy Center, George Mason University, as well as venues in Los Angeles, Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, and abroad in Vienna and Prague, to name only a few. He wrote articles and program notes for the major symphony orchestras of Baltimore, St. Louis, and San Francisco. His work appeared in Stagebill, he wrote a national column for Chamber Music Magazine, and he served as writer/host for several Classical Grammy Awards broadcasts produced by Westwood One. During the 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles, Dennis produced the nightly worldwide radio coverage of the Olympic Arts Festival, and later DJB was called upon by ABCNews.com to serve as co-commentator and music expert for its groundbreaking coverage of Princess Diana’s royal funeral.

Presented here are some of his program notes for classical music concerts, and other writings & speeches on music.

Johann Sebastian Bach – Concerto for Two Violins
Samuel Barber – Quartet in B Minor, “Adagio for Strings,” Op.11
Ludwig van Beethoven – String Quartet in C-sharp Minor, Op.131
Ludwig van Beethoven – String Quartet in A Minor, Op.132
Ludwig van Beethoven – Trio in G Major on Wenzel Müller’s “Ich bin der Schneider Kakadu,” Op.121a
Benjamin Britten – Quartet No.2 in C Major
Henryk Górecki – Symphony No.3, “Symphony of Sorrowful Songs”
George Frederic Handel – Water Music
Franz Joseph Haydn – String Quartet in D, Op.64 No.5
Gustav Holst – St. Paul’s Suite
Knabe Piano . . . for Genteel People of Means
Le Duel! A Free Transcription
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart – Concerto for Flute & Harp
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart – String Quartet No.2 in D, K.155
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart – The Magic Flute Without Myths
Maurice Ravel – Quartet in F Major
Gioachino Rossini – Overture to The Barber of Seville
Franz Schubert – String Quartet in D Minor, “Death and the Maiden,” D.810
Franz Schubert – String Quartet in G Minor, Op.Posth.
Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky – Suite No.4, “Mozartiana” Op.61
Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky – The Nutcracker: Dark Spirits in the Christmas Lights