A New York patron of the arts brought a Bohemian composer to America to teach students an American classical style. She chose Antonin Dvorak, who developed a style influenced by American folk music, American Indian music and African American spirituals. Hear the story and music on this week's Learning to Listen.
John Philip Sousa is known as The March King for writing 136 wildly popular marches around the turn of the 20th century. He composed successful works for the stage, too, in the form of 70 songs and 15 operettas. Sousa's 'other music' is the focus of this week's Learning to Listen.
The piano duo ZOFO recorded all of Terry Riley's compositions for one piano, four hands, in celebration of Riley's 80th birthday this week. Hear more about it on this week's episode of Learning to Listen.
This year, the oldest continuously performing ensemble in the United States celebrates its 200th anniversary. Hear from the Handel and Haydn Society and its artistic director, Harry Christophers, on this week's Learning to Listen.
On this week's Learning to Listen, we mark the 100th anniversary of Vincent Persichetti's birth. You'll hear more about Persichetti and listen to a sampling of his compositions.
Harpsichordist and conductor Trevor Pinnock joins Learning to Listen to talk about one of the most famous composers from the French Baroque period, Jean-Philippe Rameau.
Pianist Jonathan Biss is halfway through a nine-year recording project of all 32 of Ludwig van Beethoven's Piano Sonatas. On this week's Learning to Listen, Biss explains why these pieces are special.
On this week's Learning to Listen, hear stories about the relationships between patrons and composers, with music by Wagner, Corelli and more.
In honor of Mother's Day, you'll hear from composers and performers who learned piano from their mothers; it's on this week's Learning to Listen from Classical MPR.
Thursday, May 7, marks the 100th Anniversary of the sinking of the RMS Lusitania. On this week's Learning to Listen, we'll hear how composers responded to the tragedy.
The crowning of a new king or queen in the United Kingdom merits a big celebration, dating back centuries. Hear special music written for these ceremonies on this week's Learning to Listen.
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.