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.
Nearly 75 years after the film debuted, Disney is bringing 'Fantasia' back in a new game called 'Fantasia: Music Evolved'. Composer Inon Zur wrote original music for the game, and oversaw the re-recordings of many classical favorites.
The State fair wraps up today, which for many of you means the unofficial end to summer. That also means Minnesota students who didn't start school last week will make their way back to the classroom tomorrow. But for those who are band geeks (as Emily Reese was), they can't wait for band practice to begin.
This weekend, Emily Reese of Top Score hosts two panels at the PAX Prime video game convention in Seattle.
Hear Darren Korb (and his new son, Milo) discuss Darren's new soundtrack to the game 'Transistor' on Classical MPR's Top Score.
Aside from a handful of unpreventable interruptions, like the Civil War and a polio outbreak, Minnesotans have traveled to the State Fair since 1859. On today's Learning to Listen, hear music inspired by the Great Minnesota Get-Together.
In 1991, a group of five programmers gathered around a computer. They wanted to create a new kind of game that would tell a new kind of story, pushing technology to its limits. This week, hear the story of Myst on Top Score.
Imagine yourself in a stadium filled with 70,000 fans. That's how many video game fans travel to Seattle during Labor Day weekend for the PAX Prime video game convention. I'll be there hosting a panel called Maestros of Video Games.
On this week's Learning to Listen, discover what a cantata is, and hear a new cantata by American composer Robert Kyr.
Composer Cris Velasco recently finished music for 'Company of Heroes 3: Western Front Armies'. It marks the third time he's scored a World War II-themed game. This project focuses on the Western Front and the Battle of the Bulge. It's on this week's Top Score.
The music is refined yet accessible. The melody is clear, typically played by the violin. The music is constructed with clean, coherent phrases - components of clarity, like sentences in a paragraph.
Summer camp. The words bring back memories of warm days, making friends ... and alien invasions? That's the case for students of Minneapolis's Composing For Video Games camp. Find out more about the campers' boundless creativity and hear some of their work on Classical MPR's Top Score.
Music from the Baroque is hands down my favorite era — there are so many delights and surprises, and we'll get to hear many of those. Today, you'll discover what music often sounded like in the Baroque era, and you'll hear many 'dead giveaways' in the concepts of Baroque music.