Learning to Listen
with Emily Reese

About the Program

On Classical Minnesota Public Radio, we play music from the medieval to the modern. Our Learning to Listen series aims to help you understand what you are hearing, and when it might have been written. Hosted by Emily Reese.

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Recent Episodes

  • Embarkation of the PilgrimsLearning to Listen: Earlye American Musick
    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.November 24, 2014
  • The Bach family performing togetherLearning to Listen: Performing Families
    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.November 17, 2014
  • plaque, bily clocks museum, dvorak, iowaLearning to Listen: Dvorak's 'From the New World'
    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.November 10, 2014
  • Winter SunriseLearning to Listen: Tchaikovsky's 'Winter Dreams'
    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.November 3, 2014
  • the dance of death frans franken iiLearning to Listen: Spooky Sounds
    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.October 27, 2014