Emily Reese Feature Archive

What happens to music when you put 102 people on a boat and send them to establish a colony in a new world? (11/25/2013)
We celebrate 100 years since Benjamin Britten was born this week on Learning to Listen. Hear samples of his more popular works, and dive deep into his lesser-known music. (11/18/2013)
This introduction to the music of <i>Guild Wars 2</i>, written by Jeremy Soule, also illustrates how you can learn about other composers &#151; Edvard Grieg, for instance &#151; from video games. (11/14/2013)
Has anyone ever taught Sonata form on the radio before? Let's give it a shot. Learn about the most popular form of music to emerge from the 18th century on Learning to Listen. (11/11/2013)
The art in <em>To the Moon</em> is deceptively simple. With blocky graphics, it's a lot like an Impressionist painting up close. But as you sit back, the images come alive. Kan Gao's atmosphere score is much the same. (11/07/2013)
John Eliot Gardiner talks about his new book, <i>Bach: Music in the Castle of Heaven</i>, on Learning to Listen. (11/04/2013)
The Castlevania series of games has great music, including the newest in the series, "Lords of Shadow" by Oscar Araujo. (10/31/2013)
Today on Learning to Listen, you'll hear dances of death, including the story behind one of the most famous of them all, Danse macabre by Camille Saint-Sa&#235;ns. (10/28/2013)
The newest Game Music Bundle features 14 soundtracks from scary games, the perfect music for your Halloween party! (10/23/2013)
The Videri String Quartet is a typical string quartet -- with a twist. Although each member of the ensemble is classically trained, the group chooses to exclusively play video game music. (10/17/2013)
Why, after 200 years, do we still talk about Verdi? In this week's Learning to Listen, Emily Reese and special guest, Dale Johnson of the Minnesota Opera, explore that question while illustrating Verdi's three distinct compositional periods. (10/14/2013)
Composer Lorne Balfe wrote music for the game <em>Beyond: Two Souls</em>, which just came out on Tuesday. Balfe's music helps to tell the story of the game, centered on a character named Jodie. And the music is brilliant. (10/10/2013)
This week on Learning to Listen, we focus on Brandenburg Concertos 4, 5 and 6 by Johann Sebastian Bach. All of the Brandenburg Concertos are in major (i.e. happy) keys. (10/07/2013)
In <i>Borderlands 2: Tiny Tina's Assault on Dragon Keep</i>, composer Raison Varner had the opportunity to poke a bit of fun at one of the most beloved genres of all media &#151; the fantasy genre. (10/03/2013)
Today, we'll hear three of the six Brandenburg Concertos, written by Johann Sebastian Bach. The Brandenburg Concertos are excellent examples of music from the Baroque Era. (09/30/2013)