Emily Reese Feature Archive

Composer Luc St. Pierre wrote a dark and ambient score for "Thief", focusing on the shady personality of the protagonist, Garrett. Emily Reese talks to Luc St. Pierre on this week's Top Score. (03/20/2014)
Nadia Boulanger and her sister, Lili, made a notable impact in classical music in the 20th century; Lili for her compositions, and Nadia for her teachings. (03/17/2014)
Video Games Live just released its third studio album. Co-creator of VGL, Tommy Tallarico, talks about the music. (03/13/2014)
The transition from Baroque music to the Classical era didn't happen right away, but was ushered in thanks to a small handful of composers living in Northern Germany. Hear examples of Baroque music compared to the style known as "Empfindsamkeit" on today's Learning to Listen. (03/10/2014)
Christophe Heral and Billy Martin collaborated on their second Rayman game: Rayman Legends. (03/06/2014)
She was her brother's inspiration and his harshest critic. Hear a sample of Fanny Mendelssohn's intricate and harmonically bold music, in honor of Women's History Month on Learning to Listen from Classical MPR. (03/03/2014)
Composer Dale North was inspired by games from the late '80s and early '90s for his score to Dragon Fantasy Book II. (02/27/2014)
Norwegian composer Edvard Grieg wrote about 90 minutes of music for a play called 'Peer Gynt'. He later extracted some of the music to create orchestral suites. These suites contain some of Grieg's most joyful -- and sorrowful -- music. (02/24/2014)
Finnish composer Ari Pulkkinen was already an established composer in the gaming industry when he wrote the theme for Angry Birds. (02/20/2014)
Celeste Headlee stops by Learning to Listen to talk about her grandfather, William Grant Still. (02/17/2014)
Peter McConnell teamed up with Tim Schafer and Double Fine Studios for a gem of a score for "Broken Age". McConnell talks to Emily Reese on this week's Top Score. (02/13/2014)
Gustav Holst wrote his epic suite for orchestra, The Planets, from 1914 to 1916. Hear the unique aspects of each movement on Learning to Listen. (02/10/2014)
Video game composer Dren McDonald had a great idea to raise money for an after-school music program in California. McDonald is Emily Reese's guest on this week's episode of Top Score. (02/06/2014)
This Friday night, the Minnesota Orchestra returns to a newly renovated Orchestra Hall after a 15-month lockout, led by Conductor Laureate Stanislaw Skrowaczewski. Learn about the 10 principal conductors from throughout the 111-year history of the Orchestra on this week's Learning to Listen. (02/03/2014)
Composers Kenny Young and Brian D'Oliveira collaborated on music for the game 'Tearaway'. They are Emily Reese's guests on this week's episode of Top Score. (01/30/2014)