Composers Joe Henson and Alexis Smith form a composing duo called The Flight. They've been working together on music for more than 20 years, including video games. Henson and Smith speak to Emily Reese on this week's episode of Top Score.
Johann Sebastian Bach recycled music from an earlier cantata and added relevant texts to create an Advent Cantata in 1731. The resulting music is in the spotlight on this week's Learning to Listen.
What happens to music when you put 102 people on a boat and send them to establish a colony in a new world? We'll explore that in this week's Learning to Listen, a special for Thanksgiving.
When Emily Reese was young, she liked to play piano with her mom. This always happened during the holidays. Emily and her mother never quite made it as a globe-trotting performing duo; however, you'll hear from families who did on this week's Learning to Listen.
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.
The strangest thing happened to Classical MPR's Emily Reese the other day: she fell in love with Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 1. Hear the story and the music on today's Learning to Listen.
Instruments create some of the most beautiful sounds in the world. But with Halloween approaching, this week's Learning to Listen focuses on some of the stranger, spookier sounds in music.
On today's Learning to Listen we remember the legacies of composer Stephen Paulus and radio host Leigh Kamman.
Hector Berlioz wrote his first symphony, called Symphonie Fantastique, in 1830. It is considered the first Romantic symphony. The creepy story that accompanies the music makes this a perfect fit for October. It's on this week's Learning to Listen.
It's one of the most popular forms of music, especially in the classical era, and perhaps one of the easiest to understand. On this week's Learning to Listen, you'll hear about the "rondo".
On today's Learning to Listen, hear three of the most beloved children's stories from classical music.
Pianist Alexander Braginsky from the University of Minnesota and Hamline University visits Learning to Listen to discuss the importance of piano etudes.
At the end of each school year, students at the Paris Conservatory are required to perform a "contest piece" for their professors. For decades, the Conservatory commissioned new music to address a lack of appropriate music for instruments including trombone, horn, trumpet and bassoon.
Cellist Tina Guo is best known for shredding on her electric cello. But the lonely, meditative sonority of a video game soundtrack shows the depth of her playable emotion. Cellist Tina Guo discusses her intense classical upbringing and modern musical rebellion on Top Score.
There are a surprising amount of rules when it comes to writing music. Thankfully, several talented composers throughout history wrote a few books on how to do it right.