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

  • J.S. BachLearning to Listen to Baroque Music
    Music from the Baroque is hands down my favorite era — there are so many delights and surprises, and we'll get to hear many of those. Today, you'll discover what music often sounded like in the Baroque era, and you'll hear many 'dead giveaways' in the concepts of Baroque music.September 23, 2013
  • Nadia BoulangerLearning to Listen: Nadia Boulanger
    Today on Learning to Listen, we celebrate Nadia Boulanger. One of the most famous composition teachers in music history, this French woman was responsible for training hundreds of composers.September 16, 2013
  • University of Minnesota Symphonic BandLearning to Listen: Back to School
    Learning to Listen — a new series from Classical MPR, hosted by Emily Reese — is an hour devoted to exploring classical music for learning and appreciation. This week, it's back to school, and thousands of Minnesota children and young adults will dust off their instruments and start learning new music — especially in band. That's why our focus this week is music for wind ensembles.September 9, 2013
  • Igor StravinskyLearning to Listen to Stravinsky's The Rite of Spring
    There are pieces of music that changed the course of music as we know it, and then there's Stravinsky's The Rite of Spring.May 28, 2013
  • Rondo FormLearning to Listen: Let's Get Ready to Rondo
    We continue exploring types of musical form on Learning to Listen with a look at a 'rondo'.December 10, 2012