In the Book of Psalms in the Old Testament, there are 150 Psalms. With texts like "Praise Him with the sound of the trumpet", it's no wonder so many composers set Psalms to music. We'll hear a number of them on this week's Learning to Listen.
After four years of soundtrack development, the score for the game 'Ori and the Blind Forest' rested on one composer's ability to unite new musicians and seasoned score professionals.
Classical MPR celebrates choral music in April with "Voices of Spring". Each Monday this month, hear choral works from master composers. This week on Learning to Listen, you'll hear Beethoven's Mass in C, a work containing elements that foreshadow Beethoven's Symphony No. 9.
The story of Mozart's Requiem is shrouded in mystery -- a web of deception woven by those he left behind when he died. Learn about and hear the music on Monday's Learning to Listen.
Ralph Vaughan Williams had a unique style, blending sounds from medieval music with folk songs in the 20th century. Hear more about this sound on this week's Learning to Listen.
On this week's Learning to Listen, you'll hear how two composers expressed their joy of springtime. What pieces of music make you think of spring?
Classical MPR host Andrea Blain spent more than 30 years in Ireland. She joins Learning to Listen to give us an inside listen to Irish music in celebration of St. Patrick's Day.
American composer Kevin Puts premiered his second opera with Minnesota Opera this past weekend. Hear Kevin talk about writing for orchestra and for voice on this week's Learning to Listen.
Two members of the Cypress String Quartet join Learning to Listen to discuss Beethoven's "Middle String Quartets" - also known by the name of the Russian count who commissioned them, Andrey Razumovsky.
The sun shines brightly in the dead of winter on Classical MPR's Learning to Listen. Hear how composers have honored the sun in their music, and bask in the lyrical warmth.
On Friday, Feb. 20, at 8 p.m., Classical MPR will air the live broadcast of the Minnesota Orchestra playing Osmo Vanska's arrangement of Jean Sibelius's music for Shakespeare's 'The Tempest'. The program will be narrated by the Guthrie Theater's Joe Dowling. Emily Reese spoke to Dowling about Shakespeare and Sibelius, and about what's next for Dowling as he steps down as the Guthrie's artistic director.
Celeste Headlee stops by Learning to Listen to talk about her grandfather, William Grant Still.
Each year, hundreds of high school students study and prepare for the Minnesota High School Music Listening Contest. On this week's Learning to Listen, Emily Reese plays music selections from the contest and speaks to two mentors: Nanette Stroebel, a listening coach and music teacher, and Melissa Bergstrom, a coach and the author of this year's study guide.
Celebrate the birthday of the King of Violins, Fritz Kreisler, who dazzled audiences with his expressive style, his beautiful sound and his crowd-pleasing music. Hear recordings of Kreisler, along with his seldom-heard String Quartet, on this week's Learning to Listen.
Violinist Rachel Barton Pine returns to Learning to Listen to chat about (and play!) Mozart's Violin Concerti.