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

  • Camille Saint-SaensLearning to Listen: Dances of Death
    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.October 28, 2013
  • 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.October 21, 2013
  • Dale Johnson, Artistic Director of The Minnesota OLearning to Listen: Verdi's Longevity
    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.October 14, 2013
  • Brandenburger Strasse in PotsdamLearning to Listen: Bach's Brandenburg Concertos 4, 5 and 6
    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.October 7, 2013
  • margrave christian ludwig von Brandenburg-SchwedtLearning to Listen: Brandenburg Concertos
    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.September 30, 2013