Emily Reese Feature Archive

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)
Set in Victorian London, <i>Amnesia: A Machine for Pigs</i> follows an earlier game called <i>Amnesia: The Dark Descent</i>, which has been described by some as the scariest game ever made. Composer Jessica Curry discusses the music and concept for <i>Amnesia: A Machine for Pigs</i>. (09/26/2013)
Gustavo Santaolalla won back-to-back Oscars in 2006 and 2007, for Brokeback Mountain and Babel, respectively. And those sparse film scores are indicative of Gustavo's use of space in music &#151; silence can be one of the most effective sounds to use in a video game. (09/19/2013)
Today on Learning to Listen, we celebrate Nadia Boulanger. One of the most famous composition teachers in music history, this French woman was responsible for training hundreds of composers. (09/16/2013)