Emily Reese Feature Archive

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-Saëns. (10/28/2013)
The newest Game Music Bundle features 14 soundtracks from scary games, the perfect music for your Halloween party! (10/23/2013)
Hector Berlioz wrote his first symphony, called Symphonie Fantastique, in 1830. It is considered the first Romantic symphony. (10/21/2013)
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)
Music from the Baroque is hands down my favorite era &#151; 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. (09/23/2013)
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)
Composer Jack Wall wrote two quite different soundtracks for <i>Lost Planet 3</i> &#151; one takes the player through the battles and cinematics of Lost Planet, and one takes the main character back to Planet Earth. (09/12/2013)
Learning to Listen &#151; a new series from Classical MPR, hosted by Emily Reese &#151; is an hour devoted to exploring classical music for learning and appreciation. This week, it's back to school, and thousands of Minnesota children and young adults will dust off their instruments and start learning new music &#151; especially in band. That's why our focus this week is music for wind ensembles. (09/09/2013)