What's New Boilermaker Classics Preview

Aug 17, 2016

Early days at WBAA

A new program airs Sunday nights on WBAA Classical: What's New. Host John Clare features new music, new releases, and interesting guests. Hear a special preview of this week's What's New, and let us know what you think.


This week we'll feature classical music with a Boilermaker theme: trains! Composers from Aaron Copland to Jennifer Higdon, Steve Reich to Heitor Villa-Lobos and Johann Strauss II have penned works with locomotives in mind. Start your semester off right with steamy classical music. Hail Purdue!

In 1918 the University entered actively into the work of instruction along radio lines in conjunction with the Signal Corps and a special course in radio communication was administered as suggest by the Army. Some additional material was purchased for this work and some equipment was supplied by the Signal Corps.

Later in 1918 the University undertook the instruction of 150 operators for the Army in connection with the training detachment maintained here. This quota was later increased to three hundred and the grade of instruction advanced to that of training for radio electricians. This work was carried on as section B of the S. A. T. C. until December. Extensive equipment was furnished by the Signal Corps for this work and some additional material was purchased by the University.

Our special guest this week is David Hovde, research and instruction librarian in the Virginia Kelly Karnes Archives and Special Collections Research Center. He is an associate professor of library science and has been at Purdue University since 1989. He'll share some Purdue traditions and student stories!

French composer Hector Berlioz 'wrote a "grand cantata for tenor and six-part chorus" for the Chemin de Fer du Nord. It marked their Paris to Lille and Brussels railway line in June 1846. Evidently Berlioz took an European tour via stagecoach, and became a large advocate of train travel. Hector completed Le Chant des Chemins de Fer in less than a week!'