´╗┐Stephen Paulus was among Minnesota's leading classical composers. He wrote hundreds of works — including nearly 60 orchestral scores, 10 operas and 150 choral pieces. He brought fresh perspectives to both arrangements and original compositions.

Paulus passed away October 19, 2014 due to complications from a stroke (which occurred in June of 2013). As we celebrate his life and legacy, we've combed through our archives to provide the most comprehensive listening experiences for those who wish to remember this esteemed composer.

Listen to our Stephen Paulus archive

´╗┐ Immerse yourself in over ten hours of music and conversation from our Stephen Paulus audio archive.

Stories about Stephen's work and the artistic partners who sang his music.

  • Stephen Paulus wrote and shared glorious music
    The Minnesota composer made accessible music that explored new ideas. He wrote pieces that players could play, but also challenged them. Paulus died Sunday. MPR News' Dan Olson has more.October 20, 2014
  • Philip Brunelle reflects on the legacy of Stephen Paulus
    The Twin Cities classical composer produced an impressive volume of scores, operas and choral pieces. "He had a wonderful, beautiful sense of the style," recalls the artistic director of VocalEssence.October 20, 2014
  • Remembering Stephen Paulus
    Composer Stephen Paulus passed away Sunday at the age of 65. People from throughout the music world share their thoughts about Paulus.October 20, 2014
  • Learning to Listen Memorial: Stephen Paulus and Leigh Kamman
    On today's Learning to Listen we remember the legacies of composer Stephen Paulus and radio host Leigh Kamman.October 20, 2014
  • In Memoriam: Minnesota composer Stephen Paulus
    Pipedreams host Michael Barone shares his personal reflection on the life and work of Minnesota composer Stephen Paulus (Aug. 24, 1949 - Oct. 19, 2014).October 20, 2014
  • Twin Cities composer Stephen Paulus dies at 65
    MPR News has confirmed the passing of Stephen Paulus. Paulus was among Minnesota's leading classical composers. He wrote hundreds of works -- including nearly 60 orchestral scores, 10 operas and 150 choral pieces.October 19, 2014
  • Wonder Tidings: The Holiday Music of Stephen Paulus
    Dale Warland joins host Brian Newhouse in celebrating the holiday works of Stephen Paulus.December 23, 2013
  • Stephen Paulus and "The Shoemaker": Three Hermits deserve one Good Samaritan
    Fifteen years ago, Stephen Paulus wrote a one-act opera called "The Three Hermits". But since then, Paulus wanted to write a second, complimentary opera. That new opera is "The Shoemaker."September 27, 2012
  • Music with Minnesotans: Stephen Paulus
    He's written over 400 works in all genres from band to opera to organ solo - and many of his choral works have had their premieres right here in Minnesota - composer Stephen Paulus. The Christmas season just doesn't feel right without a Paulus carol getting numerous plays on Classical MPR. Today Stephen is the DJ - along with Alison Young - sharing some of the best carols he's written and some other favorites - including one sung by Sting.December 1, 2010

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