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: Bach Inspirations
    Johann Sebastian Bach continues to inspire generations of composers more than 300 years after his time. Hear straightforward arrangements of Bach's music as well as some less familiar music inspired by Bach on today's Learning to Listen.March 24, 2014
  • nadia lili boulanger 1913Nadia and Lili Boulanger on Learning to Listen
    Nadia Boulanger and her sister, Lili, made a notable impact in classical music in the 20th century; Lili for her compositions, and Nadia for her teachings.March 17, 2014
  • frederick great flute concerto Empfindsamkeit'Empfindsamkeit' on Learning to Listen
    The transition from Baroque music to the Classical era didn't happen right away, but was ushered in thanks to a small handful of composers living in Northern Germany. Hear examples of Baroque music compared to the style known as "Empfindsamkeit" on today's Learning to Listen.March 10, 2014
  • fanny mendelssohn engravingLearning to Listen: Fanny Mendelssohn
    She was her brother's inspiration and his harshest critic. Hear a sample of Fanny Mendelssohn's intricate and harmonically bold music, in honor of Women's History Month on Learning to Listen from Classical MPR.March 3, 2014
  • edvard grieg carte de visiteLearning to Listen: Edvard Grieg's 'Peer Gynt'
    Norwegian composer Edvard Grieg wrote about 90 minutes of music for a play called 'Peer Gynt'. He later extracted some of the music to create orchestral suites. These suites contain some of Grieg's most joyful -- and sorrowful -- music.February 24, 2014