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Click on Classical: Slighted scores, a classical workout, and brutal honesty

Posted at 8:26 AM on February 24, 2014 by Jay Gabler
Filed under: Click on Classical

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Every Monday morning at about 9:15, I'll be joining John Birge on Classical MPR to discuss some of the fun and fascinating stories we're featuring on our site. Three stories we'll be talking about this morning:

• Five film scores were nominated for Oscars this year--which leaves hundreds more that didn't make the cut. What were the best scores that the Academy failed to recognize this year? Garrett Tiedemann lists 11 worthy contenders, including a score with wall-to-wall marching band (Randy Newman's Monsters University); a score composed by the film's writer, director, and star (Shane Carruth's Upstream Color); and the score to one of the year's biggest hits (James Newton Howard's Hunger Games: Catching Fire​).

• Gwen Hoberg plays french horn with the Duluth Superior Symphony Orchestra, which means she needs to practice...but she also has errands to run, calls to make, and computer updates to install. She decided to keep a practice journal to help herself stay on task...read excerpts from her "brutally honest" practice journal, which she calls "an experiment in accountability."

• Gwen also likes to work out, and she has a list of classical music that she likes to listen to while she sweats. She shared it with her friend Jason, who cued the music up while he pumped iron. Among the selections: Holst's Mars, Wagner's Ride of the Valkyries, and Storm from Britten's Four Sea Interludes​.