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

  • hector berlioz, statue, grenobleLearning to Listen: Symphonie Fantastique
    Hector Berlioz wrote his first symphony, called Symphonie Fantastique, in 1830. It is considered the first Romantic symphony. The creepy story that accompanies the music makes this a perfect fit for October. It's on this week's Learning to Listen.October 13, 2014
  • race carLearning to Listen: Let's Get Ready to Rondo
    It's one of the most popular forms of music, especially in the classical era, and perhaps one of the easiest to understand. On this week's Learning to Listen, you'll hear about the "rondo".October 6, 2014
  • mother and children reading storiesLearning to Listen: Children's stories set to music
    On today's Learning to Listen, hear three of the most beloved children's stories from classical music.September 29, 2014
  • Steinway & Sons pianoLearning to Listen: Refining skills with piano etudes
    Pianist Alexander Braginsky from the University of Minnesota and Hamline University visits Learning to Listen to discuss the importance of piano etudes.September 22, 2014
  • paris conservatory student 2012Learning to Listen: Works by students of the Paris Conservatory
    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.September 15, 2014