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

  • 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
  • william grant stillLearning to Listen: William Grant Still
    Celeste Headlee stops by Learning to Listen to talk about her grandfather, William Grant Still.February 17, 2014
  • jupiterLearning to Listen: Gustav Holst's The Planets
    Gustav Holst wrote his epic suite for orchestra, The Planets, from 1914 to 1916. Hear the unique aspects of each movement on Learning to Listen.February 10, 2014