Minnesota Public Radio features by Emily Reese http://minnesota.publicradio.org/about/people/mpr_people_display.php?aut_id=30642 en-us Copyright 2018 Minnesota Public Radio Sat, 23 Jun 2018 14:40:02 -0500 Minnesota Public Radio features by Emily Reese http://minnesota.publicradio.org/standard/images/mpr003/logo_mpr.gif http://minnesota.publicradio.org/?refid=0 Top Score: SonicPicnic and Awesomenauts The soundtrack for the game 'Awesomenauts' sounds like an alien radio station. The music was created by a group of composers who call themselves SonicPicnic. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/08/20/top-score-sonicpicnic-and-awesomenauts?refid=0 Thu, 20 Aug 2015 10:50:00 -0500 Composer Ryan Ike got his career started at 'Gunpoint' Composer Ryan Ike got his first big break in video-game composition by answering an open call for composers on Twitter for a game called 'Gunpoint'. He got the job -- and a BAFTA nomination. Hear more about Ryan Ike on this week's episode of Top Score. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/08/13/composer-ryan-ike-got-his-career-started-at-gunpoint?refid=0 Thu, 13 Aug 2015 10:50:00 -0500 Serious music for a casual game Millions of people around the world play the 'casual' game Candy Crush Soda Saga, but composer Johan Holmstrom took the music very seriously, even recruiting the London Symphony Orchestra for the recording session. Holmstrom is Emily Reese's guest on this week's Top Score. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/08/06/serious-music-for-a-casual-game?refid=0 Thu, 06 Aug 2015 10:50:00 -0500 Learning to Listen: Kathryn Bostic Kathryn tosses her hat into many rings. She regularly performs live, she's a singer/songwriter, and scores films. She worked with August Wilson in the early '00s on 'Gem of the Ocean', and scored the PBS documentary on August Wilson's life, 'The Ground on Which I Stand'. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/08/03/learning-to-listen-kathryn-bostic?refid=0 Mon, 03 Aug 2015 11:50:00 -0500 Learning to Listen: Laura Karpman Laura trained at Juilliard and was an apprentice of Milton Babbitt for years. She's scored swaths of critically acclaimed music for stage, film, video games, all the major television networks, and nearly any other form of media you can imagine. Her most recent project is 'Ask Your Mama', a piece based on poetry of the same name by Langston Hughes. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/08/03/learning-to-listen-laura-karpman?refid=0 Mon, 03 Aug 2015 11:50:00 -0500 Learning to Listen: Lili Haydn Lili is also a Jill-of-all-trades, having initially gotten into scoring due to her successful solo recordings. In addition to being a fantastic violinist, Lili sings and scores. Hear her incredible journey to recovery thanks to Mendelssohn in the audio. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/08/03/learning-to-listen-lili-haydn?refid=0 Mon, 03 Aug 2015 11:50:00 -0500 Learning to Listen: Miriam Cutler Miriam and Laura began the Alliance for Women Film Composers together. Miriam is well-known for her work in documentaries. How did she end up doing that? She has a great story, including a job singing telegrams. Hear it here. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/08/03/learning-to-listen-miriam-cutler?refid=0 Mon, 03 Aug 2015 11:50:00 -0500 Learning to Listen: Lolita Ritmanis Lolita, like Miriam, carved herself a niche. Not documentaries, but superhero animated stories. She wrote the wildly popular theme to 'Justice League', and won Emmys for her work on 'Batman Beyond'. Hear her discuss her Latvian heritage and her work in that country in the audio. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/08/03/learning-to-listen-lolita-ritmanis?refid=0 Mon, 03 Aug 2015 11:50:00 -0500 Famous Five: Women composers in media 'Gender equity' isn't the first thing that jumps to mind when thinking of movie soundtracks. It's time to change that. On this week's Learning to Listen, Emily Reese spotlights five female composers making a splash across the media spectrum. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/08/03/women-composers-in-media?refid=0 Mon, 03 Aug 2015 11:50:00 -0500 A musicologist's look at 'Final Fantasy VI' Ryan Thompson is a PhD candidate in musicology at the University of Minnesota, with a special interest in ludomusicology. What is that, you ask? Ludomusicology is a growing field in which musicologists study the impact of music in video games. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/07/30/a-musicologist-s-look-at-final-fantasy-vi?refid=0 Thu, 30 Jul 2015 10:50:00 -0500 Learning to Listen: Rimsky-Korsakov's Scheherazade Today on Learning to Listen from Classical MPR, hear the story of Scheherazade, a symphonic suite by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/01/13/learning-to-listen-rimsky-korsakov-scheherazade?refid=0 Mon, 27 Jul 2015 11:20:00 -0500 Top Score says, 'Thank You, Pierce' Top Score says "thank you" to production assistant Pierce Huxtable for one year of great work. Pierce's position was funded by a (non-renewable) grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, an award for which Top Score is forever grateful. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/07/22/thank-you-pierce-on-top-score?refid=0 Wed, 22 Jul 2015 11:50:00 -0500 Francis Poulenc: 'Somebody who spread wit and happiness' On this week's Learning to Listen, music journalist Terry Blain joins Emily Reese to talk about the life and music of French composer Francis Poulenc. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/07/20/francis-poulenc-terry-blain-learning-to-listen?refid=0 Mon, 20 Jul 2015 11:20:00 -0500 What's old-school is new again for Michael Schiciano Michael Schiciano joins Emily Reese on this week's Top Score to talk about old-school and modern approaches to composing. Thanks to the burgeoning mobile market, many composers use old-school techniques to create music for smartphone games. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/07/16/what-s-old-school-is-new-again-michael-schiciano?refid=0 Thu, 16 Jul 2015 11:50:00 -0500 Do a Barrel Roll create innovative covers of game music The orchestral-rock video game cover band Do a Barrel Roll stopped by Classical MPR to record a set and to chat with Emily Reese, host of Top Score. 'They played a set and stole my heart -- I've always wanted to say that,' Emily says. Listen to the full session. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/07/15/do-a-barrel-roll-on-top-score?refid=0 Wed, 15 Jul 2015 11:20:00 -0500 American choral music from a British point of view Stephen Layton and Polyphony have a new CD that explores American choral music from the 20th century. Layton joins Emily Reese on this week's Learning to Listen to share his thoughts about the American choral tradition. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/07/13/stephen-layton-polyphony-on-learning-to-listen?refid=0 Mon, 13 Jul 2015 11:20:00 -0500 Learning to Listen: Dvorak's 'From the New World' A New York patron of the arts brought a Bohemian composer to America to teach students an American classical style. She chose Antonin Dvorak, who developed a style influenced by American folk music, American Indian music and African American spirituals. Hear the story and music on this week's Learning to Listen. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/11/10/dvorak-from-the-new-world-learning-to-listen?refid=0 Mon, 06 Jul 2015 11:20:00 -0500 John Philip Sousa's Other Music John Philip Sousa is known as The March King for writing 136 wildly popular marches around the turn of the 20th century. He composed successful works for the stage, too, in the form of 70 songs and 15 operettas. Sousa's 'other music' is the focus of this week's Learning to Listen. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/06/29/john-philip-sousas-other-music?refid=0 Mon, 29 Jun 2015 11:20:00 -0500 ZOFO celebrates Terry Riley's 80th Birthday The piano duo ZOFO recorded all of Terry Riley's compositions for one piano, four hands, in celebration of Riley's 80th birthday this week. Hear more about it on this week's episode of Learning to Listen. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/06/22/zofo-celebrates-terry-riley-birthday?refid=0 Mon, 22 Jun 2015 09:51:26 -0500 The Handel and Haydn Society's 200th Anniversary This year, the oldest continuously performing ensemble in the United States celebrates its 200th anniversary. Hear from the Handel and Haydn Society and its artistic director, Harry Christophers, on this week's Learning to Listen. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/06/15/handel-and-haydn-society-200th-anniversary?refid=0 Mon, 15 Jun 2015 11:20:00 -0500 Celebrating the centenary of Vincent Persichetti On this week's Learning to Listen, we mark the 100th anniversary of Vincent Persichetti's birth. You'll hear more about Persichetti and listen to a sampling of his compositions. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/06/08/american-composer-vincent-persichetti-centenary?refid=0 Mon, 08 Jun 2015 11:20:00 -0500 Trevor Pinnock explores the works of Jean-Philippe Rameau Harpsichordist and conductor Trevor Pinnock joins Learning to Listen to talk about one of the most famous composers from the French Baroque period, Jean-Philippe Rameau. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/06/01/trevor-pinnock-talks-rameau-on-learning-to-listen?refid=0 Mon, 01 Jun 2015 11:20:00 -0500 Jonathan Biss and Beethoven's 32 sonatas Pianist Jonathan Biss is halfway through a nine-year recording project of all 32 of Ludwig van Beethoven's Piano Sonatas. On this week's Learning to Listen, Biss explains why these pieces are special. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/05/25/jonathan-biss-and-beethoven-on-learning-to-listen?refid=0 Mon, 25 May 2015 11:20:00 -0500 Of Composers and Kings: Patrons of the Arts On this week's Learning to Listen, hear stories about the relationships between patrons and composers, with music by Wagner, Corelli and more. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/05/18/patrons-of-the-arts-on-learning-to-listen?refid=0 Mon, 18 May 2015 11:20:00 -0500 Learning Piano at Mom's Knee In honor of Mother's Day, you'll hear from composers and performers who learned piano from their mothers; it's on this week's Learning to Listen from Classical MPR. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/05/11/learning-piano-at-moms-knee?refid=0 Mon, 11 May 2015 11:20:00 -0500 The Lusitania and World War I in Music Thursday, May 7, marks the 100th Anniversary of the sinking of the RMS Lusitania. On this week's Learning to Listen, we'll hear how composers responded to the tragedy. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/05/04/lusitania-and-world-war-one-in-music?refid=0 Mon, 04 May 2015 11:20:00 -0500 Crowning Achievements: Coronation Anthems on Learning to Listen The crowning of a new king or queen in the United Kingdom merits a big celebration, dating back centuries. Hear special music written for these ceremonies on this week's Learning to Listen. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/04/27/coronation-anthems-on-learning-to-listen?refid=0 Mon, 27 Apr 2015 11:20:00 -0500 Psalm settings from the 1500s to Stravinsky In the Book of Psalms in the Old Testament, there are 150 Psalms. With texts like "Praise Him with the sound of the trumpet", it's no wonder so many composers set Psalms to music. We'll hear a number of them on this week's Learning to Listen. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/04/20/psalm-settings-learning-to-listen?refid=0 Mon, 20 Apr 2015 11:20:00 -0500 A sweet and dramatic score for 'Ori and the Blind Forest' After four years of soundtrack development, the score for the game 'Ori and the Blind Forest' rested on one composer's ability to unite new musicians and seasoned score professionals. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/04/16/gareth-coker-ori-blind-forest-top-score?refid=0 Thu, 16 Apr 2015 10:56:51 -0500 Beethoven's Mass in C foreshadows his Ninth Symphony Classical MPR celebrates choral music in April with "Voices of Spring". Each Monday this month, hear choral works from master composers. This week on Learning to Listen, you'll hear Beethoven's Mass in C, a work containing elements that foreshadow Beethoven's Symphony No. 9. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/04/13/beethoven-mass-in-c-on-learning-to-listen?refid=0 Mon, 13 Apr 2015 11:20:00 -0500 Learning to Listen: Mozart's Requiem The story of Mozart's Requiem is shrouded in mystery -- a web of deception woven by those he left behind when he died. Learn about and hear the music on Monday's Learning to Listen. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/01/27/learning-to-listen-mozart-requiem?refid=0 Mon, 06 Apr 2015 11:20:00 -0500 The time-warping style of Ralph Vaughan Williams Ralph Vaughan Williams had a unique style, blending sounds from medieval music with folk songs in the 20th century. Hear more about this sound on this week's Learning to Listen. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/03/30/ralph-vaughan-williams-learning-to-listen?refid=0 Mon, 30 Mar 2015 11:20:00 -0500 Spring is in the Ear on Learning to Listen On this week's Learning to Listen, you'll hear how two composers expressed their joy of springtime. What pieces of music make you think of spring? http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/03/23/spring-is-in-the-ear?refid=0 Mon, 23 Mar 2015 11:20:00 -0500 Learning to Listen: Irish Music Classical MPR host Andrea Blain spent more than 30 years in Ireland. She joins Learning to Listen to give us an inside listen to Irish music in celebration of St. Patrick's Day. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/03/16/irish-music-learning-to-listen?refid=0 Mon, 16 Mar 2015 11:20:00 -0500 Learning to Listen: Composer Kevin Puts American composer Kevin Puts premiered his second opera with Minnesota Opera this past weekend. Hear Kevin talk about writing for orchestra and for voice on this week's Learning to Listen. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/03/09/kevin-puts-on-learning-to-listen?refid=0 Mon, 09 Mar 2015 11:20:00 -0500 Learning to Listen: Beethoven's Razumovsky Quartets Two members of the Cypress String Quartet join Learning to Listen to discuss Beethoven's "Middle String Quartets" - also known by the name of the Russian count who commissioned them, Andrey Razumovsky. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/03/02/beethoven-razumovsky-quartets-cypress-string-quartet?refid=0 Mon, 02 Mar 2015 11:20:00 -0600 Learning to Listen: Honoring the Sun The sun shines brightly in the dead of winter on Classical MPR's Learning to Listen. Hear how composers have honored the sun in their music, and bask in the lyrical warmth. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/02/23/honoring-the-sun-learning-to-listen?refid=0 Mon, 23 Feb 2015 11:20:00 -0600 Joe Dowling gives a forecast on 'The Tempest' On Friday, Feb. 20, at 8 p.m., Classical MPR will air the live broadcast of the Minnesota Orchestra playing Osmo Vanska's arrangement of Jean Sibelius's music for Shakespeare's 'The Tempest'. The program will be narrated by the Guthrie Theater's Joe Dowling. Emily Reese spoke to Dowling about Shakespeare and Sibelius, and about what's next for Dowling as he steps down as the Guthrie's artistic director. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/02/20/joe-dowling-gives-a-forecast-on-the-tempest?refid=0 Fri, 20 Feb 2015 15:20:00 -0600 Learning to Listen: William Grant Still Celeste Headlee stops by Learning to Listen to talk about her grandfather, William Grant Still. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/02/17/william-grant-still-on-learning-to-listen?refid=0 Mon, 16 Feb 2015 10:50:00 -0600 Learning to Listen: Minnesota High School Music Listening Contest Each year, hundreds of high school students study and prepare for the Minnesota High School Music Listening Contest. On this week's Learning to Listen, Emily Reese plays music selections from the contest and speaks to two mentors: Nanette Stroebel, a listening coach and music teacher, and Melissa Bergstrom, a coach and the author of this year's study guide. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/02/09/learning-to-listen-minnesota-high-school-listening-contest?refid=0 Mon, 09 Feb 2015 11:20:00 -0600 Learning to Listen: the King of Violins, Fritz Kreisler Celebrate the birthday of the King of Violins, Fritz Kreisler, who dazzled audiences with his expressive style, his beautiful sound and his crowd-pleasing music. Hear recordings of Kreisler, along with his seldom-heard String Quartet, on this week's Learning to Listen. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/02/02/learning-to-listen-the-king-of-violins-fritz-kreisler-?refid=0 Mon, 02 Feb 2015 11:20:00 -0600 Learning to Listen: Barton Pine and Mozart, Part 2 Violinist Rachel Barton Pine returns to Learning to Listen to chat about (and play!) Mozart's Violin Concerti. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/01/26/rachel-barton-pine-mozart-part-two?refid=0 Mon, 26 Jan 2015 11:20:00 -0600 Learning to Listen: Barton Pine and Mozart Violinist Rachel Barton Pine has a new recording that includes all five of the violin concerti written by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Rachel joins Learning to Listen to talk about Mozart's music for violin. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/01/16/rachel-barton-pine-and-mozart?refid=0 Mon, 19 Jan 2015 11:20:00 -0600 A New Violin Concerto on Learning to Listen A composer with two sides wrote a piece for a violinist with two sides, about an animal with two sides. Hear a new violin concerto written by Mason Bates on Classical MPR's Learning to Listen. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/01/12/a-new-violin-concerto-on-learning-to-listen?refid=0 Mon, 12 Jan 2015 11:40:00 -0600 Top Score: Composer Jason Graves Composer Jason Graves talks about his score for 'Tomb Raider' and about writing memorable music for video games. Hear it on this week's episode of Top Score. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/01/08/top-score-composer-jason-graves?refid=0 Thu, 08 Jan 2015 10:50:00 -0600 Learning to Listen: Strauss Waltzes Since 1939, the Vienna Philharmonic rings in the New Year with a concert of Viennese waltzes. We'll do the same on this week's Learning to Listen. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/12/29/strauss-waltzes-on-learning-to-listen?refid=0 Mon, 29 Dec 2014 11:20:00 -0600 NextNotes on Learning to Listen The American Composers Forum has a new program for high school composers called NextNotes. Minnesota composers Libby Larsen, Joe Horton and Joshua Clausen join Learning to Listen this week to talk about students and composing. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/12/22/nextnotes-on-learning-to-listen?refid=0 Mon, 22 Dec 2014 11:20:00 -0600 Composer Mikolai Stroinski offers a preview of his 'Ethan Carter' score Top Score had the opportunity for a written interview with composer Mikolai Stroinski. In this interview, he reveals a release date for his gorgeous score to "The Vanishing of Ethan Carter". http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/12/17/the-vanishing-of-ethan-carter-on-top-score?refid=0 Wed, 17 Dec 2014 15:00:00 -0600 Learning to Listen: Alisa Weilerstein discusses the cello Cellist Alisa Weilerstein's third recording is a love letter to the cello, and its evolution as a solo instrument. Hear her talk about cello, and hear selections from her new recording on this week's Learning to Listen. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/12/15/alisa-weilerstein-solo-cello-learning-to-listen?refid=0 Mon, 15 Dec 2014 11:20:00 -0600 Holiday Performances on Learning to Listen This month, you have numerous opportunities to hear some of Minnesota's best musicians in special holiday performances. On this week's Learning to Listen, find out more about these ensembles. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/12/08/holiday-specials-on-learning-to-listen?refid=0 Mon, 08 Dec 2014 11:50:00 -0600 Top Score: the work of composing duo known as The Flight Composers Joe Henson and Alexis Smith form a composing duo called The Flight. They've been working together on music for more than 20 years, including video games. Henson and Smith speak to Emily Reese on this week's episode of Top Score. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/12/04/top-score-the-flight-composing-duo?refid=0 Thu, 04 Dec 2014 10:50:00 -0600 Enjoy an Advent Cantata on Learning to Listen Johann Sebastian Bach recycled music from an earlier cantata and added relevant texts to create an Advent Cantata in 1731. The resulting music is in the spotlight on this week's Learning to Listen. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/12/01/advent-cantata-bach-learning-to-listen?refid=0 Mon, 01 Dec 2014 11:20:00 -0600 Learning to Listen: Earlye American Musick What happens to music when you put 102 people on a boat and send them to establish a colony in a new world? We'll explore that in this week's Learning to Listen, a special for Thanksgiving. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/11/24/learning-to-listen-earlye-american-musick?refid=0 Mon, 24 Nov 2014 11:20:00 -0600 Learning to Listen: Performing Families When Emily Reese was young, she liked to play piano with her mom. This always happened during the holidays. Emily and her mother never quite made it as a globe-trotting performing duo; however, you'll hear from families who did on this week's Learning to Listen. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/11/17/performing-families-on-learning-to-listen?refid=0 Mon, 17 Nov 2014 11:20:00 -0600 Learning to Listen: Tchaikovsky's 'Winter Dreams' The strangest thing happened to Classical MPR's Emily Reese the other day: she fell in love with Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 1. Hear the story and the music on today's Learning to Listen. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/11/03/tchaikovsky-winter-dreams-on-learning-to-listen?refid=0 Mon, 03 Nov 2014 11:20:00 -0600 Learning to Listen: Spooky Sounds Instruments create some of the most beautiful sounds in the world. But with Halloween approaching, this week's Learning to Listen focuses on some of the stranger, spookier sounds in music. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/10/27/spooky-sounds-on-learning-to-listen?refid=0 Mon, 27 Oct 2014 11:20:00 -0500 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. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/10/20/learning-to-listen-stephen-paulus-leigh-kamman?refid=0 Mon, 20 Oct 2014 11:20:00 -0500 Learning to Listen: Symphonie Fantastique Hector Berlioz wrote his first symphony, called Symphonie Fantastique, in 1830. It is considered the first Romantic symphony. The creepy story that accompanies the music makes this a perfect fit for October. It's on this week's Learning to Listen. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/10/21/symphonie-fantastique-on-learning-to-listen?refid=0 Mon, 13 Oct 2014 11:20:00 -0500 Learning to Listen: Let's Get Ready to Rondo It's one of the most popular forms of music, especially in the classical era, and perhaps one of the easiest to understand. On this week's Learning to Listen, you'll hear about the "rondo". http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/10/06/rondo-on-learning-to-listen?refid=0 Mon, 06 Oct 2014 11:40:00 -0500 Learning to Listen: Children's stories set to music On today's Learning to Listen, hear three of the most beloved children's stories from classical music. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/09/29/childrens-stories-on-learning-to-listen?refid=0 Mon, 29 Sep 2014 11:20:00 -0500 Learning to Listen: Refining skills with piano etudes Pianist Alexander Braginsky from the University of Minnesota and Hamline University visits Learning to Listen to discuss the importance of piano etudes. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/09/22/piano-etudes-on-learning-to-listen?refid=0 Mon, 22 Sep 2014 11:20:00 -0500 Learning to Listen: Works by students of the Paris Conservatory At the end of each school year, students at the Paris Conservatory are required to perform a "contest piece" for their professors. For decades, the Conservatory commissioned new music to address a lack of appropriate music for instruments including trombone, horn, trumpet and bassoon. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/09/15/the-paris-conservatory-on-learning-to-listen?refid=0 Mon, 15 Sep 2014 11:20:00 -0500 Cellist Tina Guo on Top Score Cellist Tina Guo is best known for shredding on her electric cello. But the lonely, meditative sonority of a video game soundtrack shows the depth of her playable emotion. Cellist Tina Guo discusses her intense classical upbringing and modern musical rebellion on Top Score. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/09/11/cellist-tina-guo-on-top-score?refid=0 Thu, 11 Sep 2014 00:01:00 -0500 Learning to Listen: Books on How to Write Music There are a surprising amount of rules when it comes to writing music. Thankfully, several talented composers throughout history wrote a few books on how to do it right. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/09/08/music-treatises-on-learning-to-listen?refid=0 Mon, 08 Sep 2014 11:50:00 -0500 Inon Zur and Disney's Fantasia: Music Evolved on Top Score Nearly 75 years after the film debuted, Disney is bringing 'Fantasia' back in a new game called 'Fantasia: Music Evolved'. Composer Inon Zur wrote original music for the game, and oversaw the re-recordings of many classical favorites. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/09/04/inon-zur-scores-disney-fantasia-music-evolved-top-score?refid=0 Thu, 04 Sep 2014 00:01:00 -0500 American Band Music on Learning to Listen The State fair wraps up today, which for many of you means the unofficial end to summer. That also means Minnesota students who didn't start school last week will make their way back to the classroom tomorrow. But for those who are band geeks (as Emily Reese was), they can't wait for band practice to begin. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/09/01/american-band-music-on-learning-to-listen?refid=0 Mon, 01 Sep 2014 11:20:00 -0500 Top Score Heads to PAX Prime in Seattle This weekend, Emily Reese of Top Score hosts two panels at the PAX Prime video game convention in Seattle. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/08/28/top-score-goes-to-pax-prime?refid=0 Thu, 28 Aug 2014 00:01:00 -0500 Top Score: Darren Korb and the gritty sounds of 'Transistor' Hear Darren Korb (and his new son, Milo) discuss Darren's new soundtrack to the game 'Transistor' on Classical MPR's Top Score. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/08/27/darren-korb-transistor-on-top-score?refid=0 Wed, 27 Aug 2014 12:50:00 -0500 Learning to Listen: Music for the State Fair Aside from a handful of unpreventable interruptions, like the Civil War and a polio outbreak, Minnesotans have traveled to the State Fair since 1859. On today's Learning to Listen, hear music inspired by the Great Minnesota Get-Together. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/08/25/minnesota-state-fair-on-learning-to-listen?refid=0 Mon, 25 Aug 2014 11:20:00 -0500 Top Score: Robyn Miller and the story of Myst In 1991, a group of five programmers gathered around a computer. They wanted to create a new kind of game that would tell a new kind of story, pushing technology to its limits. This week, hear the story of Myst on Top Score. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/07/31/robyn-miller-myst-top-score?refid=0 Mon, 25 Aug 2014 00:01:00 -0500 PAX Prime 2014 Preview on Top Score (Part One) Imagine yourself in a stadium filled with 70,000 fans. That's how many video game fans travel to Seattle during Labor Day weekend for the PAX Prime video game convention. I'll be there hosting a panel called Maestros of Video Games. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/08/21/pax-prime-2014-preview-on-top-score?refid=0 Thu, 21 Aug 2014 00:01:00 -0500 Discover cantatas on this week's Learning to Listen On this week's Learning to Listen, discover what a cantata is, and hear a new cantata by American composer Robert Kyr. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/08/18/cantatas-on-learning-to-listen?refid=0 Mon, 18 Aug 2014 11:20:00 -0500 Top Score: Cris Velasco Scores the Western Front Composer Cris Velasco recently finished music for 'Company of Heroes 3: Western Front Armies'. It marks the third time he's scored a World War II-themed game. This project focuses on the Western Front and the Battle of the Bulge. It's on this week's Top Score. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/08/14/cris-velasco-western-front-armies-on-top-score?refid=0 Thu, 14 Aug 2014 00:01:00 -0500 Learning to Listen: the sound of the Classical Era The music is refined yet accessible. The melody is clear, typically played by the violin. The music is constructed with clean, coherent phrases - components of clarity, like sentences in a paragraph. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/08/11/the-classical-era-on-learning-to-listen?refid=0 Mon, 11 Aug 2014 11:50:00 -0500 Composing for Video Games Summer Camp Summer camp. The words bring back memories of warm days, making friends ... and alien invasions? That's the case for students of Minneapolis's Composing For Video Games camp. Find out more about the campers' boundless creativity and hear some of their work on Classical MPR's Top Score. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/08/07/composing-for-video-games-summer-camp?refid=0 Thu, 07 Aug 2014 00:01:00 -0500 Learning to Listen to Baroque Music Music from the Baroque is hands down my favorite era &#151; 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. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/09/23/learning-to-listen-to-baroque-music?refid=0 Mon, 04 Aug 2014 11:45:00 -0500 31 Days of Classical, Day 31: Ubiquity denies its genius 31 Days is a bite-sized month-long trial of Classical Music from across the spectrum of this wonderful, expansive music we love at Classical MPR. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/07/31/31-days-of-classical-day-31-ubiquity-denies-its-genius?refid=0 Thu, 31 Jul 2014 00:44:43 -0500 31 Days of Classical, Day 30: Bach's epic cadenza 31 Days is a bite-sized month-long trial of Classical Music from across the spectrum of this wonderful, expansive music we love at Classical MPR. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/07/30/31-days-of-classical-day-30-bachs-epic-cadenza?refid=0 Wed, 30 Jul 2014 00:44:40 -0500 31 Days of Classical, Day 29: Long live Clara Clara was an outstanding human, and I adore this prelude and fugue she wrote -- particularly the fugue. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/07/29/31-days-of-classical-day-29-long-live-clara?refid=0 Tue, 29 Jul 2014 00:44:38 -0500 Learning to Listen: Richard Goode and Beethoven's Piano Sonata No. 31 Pianist Richard Goode returns to Learning to Listen to discuss Beethoven's Piano Sonata No. 31, Op. 110. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/07/28/richard-goode-beethoven-piano-sonata-31-learning-to-listen?refid=0 Mon, 28 Jul 2014 11:50:00 -0500 31 Days of Classical, Day 28: a romp in the solar system 31 Days is a bite-sized month-long trial of Classical Music from across the spectrum of this wonderful, expansive music we love at Classical MPR. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/07/25/31-days-of-classical-day-28?refid=0 Mon, 28 Jul 2014 00:35:44 -0500 31 Days of Classical, Day 27: HERE I AM, I AM C MAJOR 31 Days is a bite-sized month-long trial of Classical Music from across the spectrum of this wonderful, expansive music we love at Classical MPR. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/07/25/31-days-of-classical-day-27?refid=0 Sun, 27 Jul 2014 00:35:42 -0500 31 Days of Classical, Day 26: "Summa" time 31 Days is a bite-sized month-long trial of Classical Music from across the spectrum of this wonderful, expansive music we love at Classical MPR. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/07/25/31-days-of-classical-day-26?refid=0 Sat, 26 Jul 2014 00:35:39 -0500 31 Days of Classical, Day 25: Do your soul a favor 31 Days is a bite-sized month-long trial of Classical Music from across the spectrum of this wonderful, expansive music we love at Classical MPR. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/07/25/31-days-of-classical-25?refid=0 Fri, 25 Jul 2014 00:11:48 -0500 31 Days of Classical, Day 24: Mozart at his darkest 31 Days is a bite-sized month-long trial of Classical Music from across the spectrum of this wonderful, expansive music we love at Classical MPR. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/07/24/31-days-of-classical-day-24?refid=0 Thu, 24 Jul 2014 00:34:58 -0500 Top Score: Composer Goomin Nam writes music of solitude South Korean composer Goomin Nam explores the emotions of longing and tranquility in his new soundtrack for the game "Monarch: Heroes of a New Age" http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/07/24/goomin-nam-monarch-heroes-of-a-new-age-top-score?refid=0 Thu, 24 Jul 2014 00:01:00 -0500 31 Days of Classical, Day 23: An authoritative cello 31 Days is a bite-sized month-long trial of Classical Music from across the spectrum of this wonderful, expansive music we love at Classical MPR. Today, we're looking at the first movement of Edward Elgar's Cello Concerto. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/07/18/31-days-of-classical-day-23?refid=0 Wed, 23 Jul 2014 00:34:55 -0500 31 Days of Classical, Day 22: Drama and a feeling of grandeur Domenico wrote 555 keyboard sonatas. Five hundred and fifty-five. To be fair, many are quite short, but each is constructed like a master carpenter would build a house. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/07/22/31-days-of-classical-day-22?refid=0 Tue, 22 Jul 2014 00:34:52 -0500 Carnegie Hall on Learning to Listen Since Carnegie Hall opened in May 1891, there have been more than 46,000 performances in its three auditoriums. Learn about some of the most famous music to come from Carnegie Hall on today's Learning to Listen. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/07/21/carnegie-hall-on-learning-to-listen?refid=0 Mon, 21 Jul 2014 11:48:07 -0500 31 Days of Classical, Day 21: Let's get Bizet 31 Days is a bite-sized month-long trial of Classical Music from across the spectrum of this wonderful, expansive music we love at Classical MPR. Today, we stand on the precipice of some gorgeous landscape with Georges Bizet. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/07/21/31-days-of-classical-day-21?refid=0 Mon, 21 Jul 2014 00:28:55 -0500 31 Days of Classical, Day 20: Love at First Listen 31 Days is a bite-sized month-long trial of Classical Music from across the spectrum of this wonderful, expansive music we love at Classical MPR. Today it's love at first listen with Guillaume de Machaut. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/07/20/31-days-of-classical-day-20-love-at-first-listen?refid=0 Sun, 20 Jul 2014 00:28:25 -0500 31 Days of Classical, Day 19: talk about the passion 31 Days is a bite-sized month-long trial of Classical Music from across the spectrum of this wonderful, expansive music we love at Classical MPR. Today's pick, more of Emily's favorite: Bach! http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/07/19/31-days-of-classical-day-19-talk-about-the-passion?refid=0 Sat, 19 Jul 2014 00:35:32 -0500 31 Days of Classical, Day 18: take me away, Nikolai! 31 Days is a bite-sized month-long trial of Classical Music from across the spectrum of this wonderful, expansive music we love at Classical MPR. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/07/18/31-days-of-classical-day-18-take-me-away?refid=0 Fri, 18 Jul 2014 00:35:29 -0500 Christopher Tin's 'The Drop That Contained the Sea' on Top Score Christopher Tin just finished his second song cycle, 'The Drop That Contained the Sea'. He stopped by Top Score to discuss it. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/05/15/christopher-tin-the-drop-that-contained-the-sea-on-top-score?refid=0 Thu, 17 Jul 2014 07:01:00 -0500 31 Days of Classical, Day 17: a rocking feel 31 Days is a bite-sized month-long trial of Classical Music from across the spectrum of this wonderful, expansive music we love at Classical MPR. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/07/17/31-days-of-classical-day-17-a-rocking-feel?refid=0 Thu, 17 Jul 2014 00:35:27 -0500 31 Days of Classical, Day 16: Take this waltz 31 Days is a bite-sized month-long trial of Classical Music from across the spectrum of this wonderful, expansive music we love at Classical MPR. Today, we're cleaning the house with a Josef Strauss waltz. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/07/16/31-days-of-classical-day-16-take-this-waltz?refid=0 Wed, 16 Jul 2014 00:35:24 -0500 31 Days of Classical, Day 15: Life on paper, turned into sound 31 Days is a bite-sized month-long trial of Classical Music from across the spectrum of this wonderful, expansive music we love at Classical MPR. Today, we listen to Jean-Philippe Rameau's heartbreaking harpsichord. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/07/15/31-days-of-classical-day-15-life-on-paper-turned-into-sound?refid=0 Tue, 15 Jul 2014 00:35:17 -0500 Learning to Listen: Concertmasters On today's Learning to Listen, three concertmasters talk about what it's like to lead an orchestra not from the podium, but from a chair just to the left of the conductor. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/07/14/learning-to-listen-concertmasters?refid=0 Mon, 14 Jul 2014 11:00:00 -0500 31 Days of Classical, Day 14: A Birthday Card from Ottorino 31 Days is a bite-sized month-long trial of Classical Music from across the spectrum of this wonderful, expansive music we love at Classical MPR. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/07/14/31-days-of-classical-day-14-a-birthday-card-from-ottorino?refid=0 Mon, 14 Jul 2014 00:05:17 -0500 31 Days of Classical, Day 13: a Brahmsian outburst 31 Days is a bite-sized month-long trial of Classical Music from across the spectrum of this wonderful, expansive music we love at Classical MPR. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/07/13/31-days-of-classical-day-13-a-brahmsian-outburst?refid=0 Sun, 13 Jul 2014 00:05:13 -0500 31 Days of Classical, Day 12: Prokofiev and ...saxophone? 31 Days is a bite-sized month-long trial of Classical Music from across the spectrum of this wonderful, expansive music we love at Classical MPR. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/07/12/31-days-of-classical-day-12-prokofiev-saxophone?refid=0 Sat, 12 Jul 2014 00:00:00 -0500 31 Days of Classical, Day 11: a gorgeous gem of piano 31 Days is a bite-sized month-long trial of Classical Music from across the spectrum of this wonderful, expansive music we love at Classical MPR. Day 11, a gorgeous gem of piano from Chopin. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/07/11/31-days-of-classical-day-11-gorgeous-gem-piano?refid=0 Fri, 11 Jul 2014 00:00:00 -0500 Top Score: Game Music Lullabies When Jayson Napolitano wrote an article about game music to fall asleep to, he had no idea of the volume of response he'd receive. As a result, he created the album, "Game Music Lullabies". http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/07/10/game-music-lullabies-on-top-score?refid=0 Thu, 10 Jul 2014 00:01:00 -0500 31 Days of Classical, Day 10: Quintessential Shostakovich 31 Days is a bite-sized month-long trial of Classical Music from across the spectrum of this wonderful, expansive music we love at Classical MPR. Day 10, we listen to the quintessential Shostakovich. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/07/10/31-days-of-classical-day-10-quintessential-shostakovich?refid=0 Thu, 10 Jul 2014 00:00:00 -0500 31 Days of Classical, Day 9: Crushing on the Clarinet 31 Days is a bite-sized month-long trial of Classical Music from across the spectrum of this wonderful, expansive music we love at Classical MPR. Day 9, we listen to some sweet sounds from the much-maligned woodwind. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/07/09/31-days-of-classical-day-9-crushing-on-the-clarinet?refid=0 Wed, 09 Jul 2014 00:00:00 -0500 31 Days of Classical, Day 8: Happy Haydn 31 Days is a bite-sized month-long trial of Classical Music from across the spectrum of this wonderful, expansive music we love at Classical MPR. Day 8, we get happy with Haydn. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/07/08/31-days-of-classical-day-8-happy-haydn?refid=0 Tue, 08 Jul 2014 00:00:00 -0500 Learning to Listen: American Violin Concertos On the heels of Independence Day, host Emily Reese provides a survey of American violin concertos on Learning to Listen. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/07/07/american-violin-concertos-on-learning-to-listen?refid=0 Mon, 07 Jul 2014 11:20:00 -0500 Top Score: 'The Orchestra' app A new iPad app from the Philharmonia Orchestra aims to demystify how an orchestra works. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/07/03/the-orchestra-on-top-score?refid=0 Thu, 03 Jul 2014 00:01:00 -0500 31 Days of Classical, Day 2: a fascinating 46 seconds 31 Days is a bite-sized month-long trial of Classical Music from across the spectrum of this wonderful, expansive music we love at Classical MPR. Day 2, we're looking at Johann Sebastian Bach's 'Invention No. 10 in G major' http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/07/02/31-days-of-classical-day-2-bachs-invention-no-10?refid=0 Wed, 02 Jul 2014 00:00:00 -0500 31 Days of Classical, Day 1: The Happiest Piece of Music Start off 31 Days of Classical music with one of the happiest pieces of music you'll ever hear. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/06/30/31-days-of-classical-day-1-grieg-holbergs-time-rigaudon?refid=0 Tue, 01 Jul 2014 00:00:00 -0500 Learning to Listen: Flute Greats with Julia Bogorad-Kogan Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra principal flutist Julia Bogorad-Kogan shares recordings of her flute idols on Learning to Listen. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/06/30/flute-greats-with-julia-bogorad-kogan-learning-to-listen?refid=0 Mon, 30 Jun 2014 11:50:00 -0500 Top Score: Cris Velasco and 'Enemy Front' Composer Cris Velasco wrote an unusually introspective score for the World War II-themed game, 'Enemy Front'. He talks about it with Emily Reese on this week's Top Score. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/06/26/cris-velasco-enemy-front-on-top-score?refid=0 Thu, 26 Jun 2014 00:01:00 -0500 Learning to Listen: Pianist Richard Goode and Beethoven's Piano Sonata No. 30 On today's Learning to Listen, pianist Richard Goode shares his insights about Beethoven's Piano Sonata No. 30 - the first of Beethoven's remarkable last three sonatas for piano. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/06/23/pianist-richard-goode-and-beethoven-piano-sonata-30?refid=0 Mon, 23 Jun 2014 11:20:00 -0500 Tim Turi and Oscar Araujo's Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2 on Top Score Game Informer Senior Associate Editor Tim Turi returns to Top Score to chat about Oscar Araujo's new score for Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/04/10/-tim-turi-oscar-araujo-castlevania-lords-of-shadow-2-top-score?refid=0 Thu, 19 Jun 2014 00:01:00 -0500 Learning to Listen: Birds in Music and Minnesota Professional birder Sharon Stiteler joins Learning to Listen to talk about birds in Minnesota, paired with music inspired by birds. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/06/16/birds-in-minnesota-and-classical-music-learning-to-listen?refid=0 Mon, 16 Jun 2014 11:20:00 -0500 Jason Graves and Murdered: Soul Suspect on Top Score What does it sound like to be a ghost? Composer Jason Graves answers that question in his music for the new game, "Murdered: Soul Suspect". http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/06/12/jason-graves-murdered-soul-suspect-on-top-score?refid=0 Thu, 12 Jun 2014 00:01:00 -0500 Jeff Broadbent and Dawngate on Top Score Composer Jeff Broadbent chose a colorful palette of instruments to reflect the vibrant world in which 'Dawngate' is set. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/06/05/jeff-broadbent-and-dawngate-on-top-score?refid=0 Thu, 05 Jun 2014 00:01:00 -0500 Learning to Listen: Classical Wedding The month of June is one of the most popular months to get married. We celebrate some perennial-favorite wedding music selections on today's program. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/06/02/learning-to-listen-classical-wedding?refid=0 Mon, 02 Jun 2014 11:30:00 -0500 Maurice Ravel's 'Le Tombeau de Couperin' on Learning to Listen French composer Maurice Ravel had many friends who died in World War I. He spent three years memorializing them in what would become one of his most popular works: Le Tombeau de Couperin. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/05/26/ravel-le-tombeau-de-couperin-learning-to-listen?refid=0 Mon, 26 May 2014 11:50:00 -0500 Benjamin Britten's 'The Turn of the Screw' on Learning to Listen The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra recently kicked off a celebration of British composer Benjamin Britten's centenary. This weekend, the SPCO will perform Britten's chamber opera, The Turn of the Screw. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/05/19/benjamin-britten-turn-of-the-screw-learning-to-listen?refid=0 Fri, 23 May 2014 15:50:00 -0500 Olivier Deriviere Scores Assassin's Creed IV: Freedom Cry Composer Olivier Derivi&#232;re blended his own original music with traditional Haitian music for the score to Assassin's Creed IV: Freedom Cry. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/11/20/olivier-deriviere-assassins-creed-freedom-cry-top-score?refid=0 Thu, 22 May 2014 00:01:00 -0500 Syttende Mai: the day Norway declared its independence This Saturday marks the 200th anniversary of Norway's Declaration of Independence. Composer Edvard Grieg was involved in the journey for Norway's independence in significant ways; Dr. William Halverson explains how. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/05/16/syttende-mai-the-day-norway-declared-its-independence?refid=0 Fri, 16 May 2014 10:00:00 -0500 Learning to Listen: Edvard Grieg and Norway's Fight for Independence Composer Edvard Grieg's life was closely intertwined with Norway's drive for independence. On the 200th anniversary of Norway's Declaration of Independence, Grieg expert William Halverson talks about the composer. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/05/12/edvard-grieg-and-norwegian-independence-on-learning-to-listen?refid=0 Mon, 12 May 2014 12:00:00 -0500 Curtis Schweitzer and Starbound on Top Score Composer Curtis Schweitzer wrote unusually long pieces of music for his soundtrack to the game Starbound. He talks to Emily Reese on this week's episode of Top Score. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/05/08/curtis-schweitzer-and-starbound-on-top-score?refid=0 Thu, 08 May 2014 00:01:00 -0500 Learning to Listen: a Cinco de Mayo celebration On today's Learning to Listen, hear music from the figureheads of Mexican classical music, and learn a bit about why we celebrate Cinco de Mayo. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/05/05/cinco-de-mayo-on-learning-to-listen?refid=0 Mon, 05 May 2014 11:45:00 -0500 A Conversation about the Northrop Auditorium Redesign Listen to Emily Reese's chat with architect Tim Carl, acoustician Josh Cushner and the Director of Northrop, Christine Tschida. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/05/02/a-conversation-about-the-northrop-redesign?refid=0 Fri, 02 May 2014 17:30:00 -0500 Composer Mike Raznick and 'Spate' on Top Score Composer Mike Raznick used a mix of live performers for the steampunk game, 'Spate'. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/05/01/mike-raznick-and-spate-on-top-score?refid=0 Thu, 01 May 2014 00:01:00 -0500 Choral Colleagues on Learning to Listen On today's Learning to Listen, you'll meet three of choral-loving Classical MPR staffers as they talk about their choral-music journeys during Voices of Spring, our month-long celebration of choral music on Classical MPR. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/04/28/choral-colleagues-on-learning-to-listen?refid=0 Mon, 28 Apr 2014 11:15:00 -0500 Top Score: PAX East 2014 Recap Emily Reese, host of Top Score, recently spent a weekend in Boston with 70,000 video game enthusiasts at the PAX East Conference. In this week's episode of Top Score, Emily Reese shares some of her experiences and fun finds from PAX East. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/04/24/pax-east-2014-recap?refid=0 Thu, 24 Apr 2014 00:01:00 -0500 Chiara Margarita Cozzolani on Learning to Listen Chiara Margarita Cozzolani (1602 - ca. 1676-78) was a Benedictine nun in the early Baroque who wrote wonderful music. Hear music she wrote for Easter performed by Magnificat on today's Learning to Listen. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/04/21/chiara-margarita-cozzolani-messa-paschale-on-learning-to-listen?refid=0 Mon, 21 Apr 2014 11:30:36 -0500 Joel Corelitz and The Unfinished Swan on Top Score Composer Joel Corelitz just received a BAFTA nomination for his score to <em>The Unfinished Swan</em>. Baroque-inspired sounds accompany the artful tale. Hear our conversation on Top Score from Classical MPR. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/02/12/the-unfinished-swan-composer-joel-corelitz-on-top-score?refid=0 Thu, 17 Apr 2014 00:01:00 -0500 Learning to Listen: Great Choruses In celebration of choral music month, hear great choruses from the stage and screen on this week's Learning to Listen. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/04/07/great-choruses-on-learning-to-listen?refid=0 Mon, 07 Apr 2014 11:30:00 -0500 Top Score: The Sea Shanties of 'Assassin's Creed' As you sail around the Caribbean on your ship in Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag, your crew sings sea shanties to pass the time. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/01/16/the-sea-shanties-of-assassins-creed-black-flag-on-top-score?refid=0 Thu, 03 Apr 2014 00:01:00 -0500 Learning to Listen: Clara Wieck Schumann In an era where women were kept out of the spotlight, Clara Wieck Schumann had a successful career as a pianist and composer. Hear her music and story on today's Learning to Listen on Classical MPR. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/03/31/clara-wieck-schumann-on-learning-to-listen?refid=0 Mon, 31 Mar 2014 11:20:00 -0500 Comparing Baroque Music to Early Video Game Music Writer Ricky O'Bannon talks about counterpoint in the context of video game music. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/03/27/comparing-baroque-music-with-video-game-music-on-top-score?refid=0 Thu, 27 Mar 2014 00:01:00 -0500 Learning 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. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/03/24/bach-inspirations-learning-to-listen?refid=0 Mon, 24 Mar 2014 11:15:00 -0500 Luc St. Pierre talks 'Thief' on Top Score Composer Luc St. Pierre wrote a dark and ambient score for "Thief", focusing on the shady personality of the protagonist, Garrett. Emily Reese talks to Luc St. Pierre on this week's Top Score. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/03/20/luc-st-pierre-scores-thief-top-score?refid=0 Thu, 20 Mar 2014 00:01:00 -0500 Nadia 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. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/03/17/nadia-and-lili-boulanger-on-learning-to-listen?refid=0 Mon, 17 Mar 2014 11:20:00 -0500 'Video Games Live: Level 3' on Top Score Video Games Live just released its third studio album. Co-creator of VGL, Tommy Tallarico, talks about the music. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/03/13/video-games-live-level-3-on-top-score?refid=0 Thu, 13 Mar 2014 00:01:00 -0500 '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. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/03/10/empfindsamkeit-on-learning-to-listen?refid=0 Mon, 10 Mar 2014 11:30:00 -0500 Christophe Heral and Billy Martin Talk Rayman Legends on Top Score Christophe Heral and Billy Martin collaborated on their second Rayman game: Rayman Legends. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/03/05/chirstophe-heral-billy-martin-rayman-legends-top-score?refid=0 Thu, 06 Mar 2014 09:20:56 -0600 Learning 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. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/03/03/learning-to-listen-to-fanny-mendelssohn-hensel?refid=0 Mon, 03 Mar 2014 11:30:00 -0600 Dale North's Dragon Fantasy Book II on Top Score Composer Dale North was inspired by games from the late '80s and early '90s for his score to Dragon Fantasy Book II. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/02/27/dale-north-dragon-fantasy-book-ii-top-score?refid=0 Thu, 27 Feb 2014 00:01:00 -0600 Learning 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. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/02/24/edvard-grieg-peer-gynt-on-learning-to-listen?refid=0 Mon, 24 Feb 2014 11:30:00 -0600 Ari Pulkkinen and Angry Birds on Top Score Finnish composer Ari Pulkkinen was already an established composer in the gaming industry when he wrote the theme for Angry Birds. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/02/20/ari-pulkkinen-angry-birds-on-top-score?refid=0 Thu, 20 Feb 2014 00:01:00 -0600 Peter McConnell and Broken Age on Top Score Peter McConnell teamed up with Tim Schafer and Double Fine Studios for a gem of a score for "Broken Age". McConnell talks to Emily Reese on this week's Top Score. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/02/13/peter-mcconnell-broken-age-on-top-score?refid=0 Thu, 13 Feb 2014 00:01:00 -0600 Learning 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. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/02/10/gustav-holst-the-planets-on-learning-to-listen?refid=0 Mon, 10 Feb 2014 12:00:00 -0600 Dren McDonald's 'The String Arcade' on Top Score Video game composer Dren McDonald had a great idea to raise money for an after-school music program in California. McDonald is Emily Reese's guest on this week's episode of Top Score. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/02/06/dren-mcdonald-and-the-string-arcade-on-top-score?refid=0 Thu, 06 Feb 2014 00:01:00 -0600 Learning to Listen: Music Directors of the Minnesota Orchestra This Friday night, the Minnesota Orchestra returns to a newly renovated Orchestra Hall after a 15-month lockout, led by Conductor Laureate Stanislaw Skrowaczewski. Learn about the 10 principal conductors from throughout the 111-year history of the Orchestra on this week's Learning to Listen. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/02/03/music-directors-of-the-minnesota-orchestra-learning-to-listen?refid=0 Mon, 03 Feb 2014 11:30:00 -0600 Tearaway on Top Score Composers Kenny Young and Brian D'Oliveira collaborated on music for the game 'Tearaway'. They are Emily Reese's guests on this week's episode of Top Score. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/01/30/tearaway-on-top-score?refid=0 Thu, 30 Jan 2014 00:01:00 -0600 Brian Min and 'The Cave' on Top Score When Brian Min wrote music for 'The Cave,' he never meant for that music to stay in the game. We're glad it did. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/01/23/brian-min-the-cave-top-score?refid=0 Thu, 23 Jan 2014 00:01:00 -0600 Benjamin Wallfisch and 'Summer in February' Composer Benjamin Wallfisch splits his time between writing music for movies and music for the concert hall. His latest film project, 'Summer in February', features pianist Yuja Wang, along with solo violin and cello. The 'Summer in February' soundtrack comes out today, ahead of Friday's U.S. theatrical release of the film. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/10/11/benjamin-wallfisch-summer-in-february?refid=0 Tue, 14 Jan 2014 00:01:00 -0600 Top Score: More Great Video Game Soundtracks from 2013 There were so many great soundtracks for games in 2013, our Top 5 list was just the tip of the iceberg. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/01/08/more-great-video-game-soundtracks-from-2013?refid=0 Thu, 09 Jan 2014 00:01:00 -0600 Learning to Listen: Russian Music from The Mighty Handful Professor Stephen Walsh of Cardiff University joins Learning to Listen to discuss five Russian composers known as The Mighty Handful. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/01/06/learning-to-listen-russian-music-the-might-handful?refid=0 Mon, 06 Jan 2014 11:05:23 -0600 Top Score: Best Video Game Soundtracks of 2013, Number 1 Of all the great music to emerge from video games in 2013, one soundtrack comes out on top. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/12/31/top-score-best-video-game-soundtracks-of-2013-number-1-garry-schyman?refid=0 Thu, 02 Jan 2014 00:01:00 -0600 Learning to Listen: The Strauss Family The Strauss family of Vienna wrote some of the most famous dance music in the world. Learn about the eldest and his three sons on today's Learning to Listen. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/12/30/learning-to-listen-the-strauss-family?refid=0 Mon, 30 Dec 2013 11:45:00 -0600 Top Score: Best Video Game Soundtracks of 2013, Number 2 Jessica Curry's score for Amnesia: A Machine for Pigs earns the number 2 spot on Top Score's Countdown to the Best Video Game Soundtracks of 2013. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/12/26/top-score-best-video-game-soundtracks-of-2013-number-2-jessica-curry?refid=0 Thu, 26 Dec 2013 00:01:00 -0600 Top Score: Best Video Game Soundtracks of 2013, Number 3 It was more difficult than ever to come up with only five great scores from 2013, and even more difficult to put them into an order. Here's number three in the countdown: Lorne Balfe's score for <i>Beyond: Two Souls</i>. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/12/19/top-score-best-video-game-soundtracks-of-2013-3?refid=0 Thu, 19 Dec 2013 00:01:00 -0600 Learning to Listen: Music for Clarinet Clarinetist and teacher Rena Kraut joins Learning to Listen to talk about music written for clarinet, from Mozart to Larsen! http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/12/16/learning-to-listen-music-for-clarinet?refid=0 Mon, 16 Dec 2013 11:40:00 -0600 Top Score: Best Video Game Soundtracks of 2013, Numbers 5 & 4 2013 had several outstanding orchestral scores for video games. Over the next four weeks, you'll hear from five of them, starting with number 5. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/12/12/top-score-best-scores-of-2013-5-4?refid=0 Thu, 12 Dec 2013 00:01:00 -0600 A Winter Song Cycle on Learning to Listen You'll hear a special song cycle on Learning to Listen, the influential "Winterreise" by Franz Schubert. Also, what's a song cycle? http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/12/06/song-cycle-winterreise-learning-to-listen?refid=0 Mon, 09 Dec 2013 11:40:00 -0600 Warm Up with the Chamber Music Society of MN This Weekend You're invited to a performance by the Chamber Music Society of Minnesota with special guest, pianist Ieva Jokubaviciute. The program includes the Brahms Piano Quintet and a stunning Partita for Violin and Piano by Polish composer Witold Lutoslawski, Sunday, Dec. 8, at 4 p.m., at Sundin Hall, Hamline University. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/12/06/chamber-music-society-of-mn-sunday-concert?refid=0 Fri, 06 Dec 2013 18:00:00 -0600 Vincent Diamante and Flower on Top Score It's a game about love, and flowers, and flying, and nature... and there's great music too. Composer Vincent Diamante talks about "Flower" on Top Score. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/07/25/flower-and-vincent-diamante-on-top-score?refid=0 Thu, 05 Dec 2013 00:01:00 -0600 Top Score: Online Game Music Festival Launches This Weekend A new online Game Music Festival launches tomorrow with a goal of connecting fans with the best indie video game music. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/11/28/loudr-game-music-festival-on-top-score?refid=0 Thu, 28 Nov 2013 00:01:00 -0600 Learning to Listen: Early American Music What happens to music when you put 102 people on a boat and send them to establish a colony in a new world? http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/11/25/early-american-music-on-learning-to-listen?refid=0 Mon, 25 Nov 2013 11:40:00 -0600 Learning to Listen: Benjamin Britten We celebrate 100 years since Benjamin Britten was born this week on Learning to Listen. Hear samples of his more popular works, and dive deep into his lesser-known music. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/11/18/benjamin-britten-on-learning-to-listen?refid=0 Mon, 18 Nov 2013 12:00:00 -0600 Jeremy Soule and Guild Wars 2 on Top Score This introduction to the music of <i>Guild Wars 2</i>, written by Jeremy Soule, also illustrates how you can learn about other composers &#151; Edvard Grieg, for instance &#151; from video games. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/11/14/jeremy-soule-and-guild-wars-2-on-top-score?refid=0 Thu, 14 Nov 2013 00:00:00 -0600 Learning to Listen: Sonata Form Has anyone ever taught Sonata form on the radio before? Let's give it a shot. Learn about the most popular form of music to emerge from the 18th century on Learning to Listen. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/11/11/sonata-form-on-learning-to-listen?refid=0 Mon, 11 Nov 2013 11:50:00 -0600 Kan Gao and To the Moon on Top Score The art in <em>To the Moon</em> is deceptively simple. With blocky graphics, it's a lot like an Impressionist painting up close. But as you sit back, the images come alive. Kan Gao's atmosphere score is much the same. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/11/07/kan-gao-and-to-the-moon-on-top-score?refid=0 Thu, 07 Nov 2013 00:01:00 -0600 Learning to Listen - Bach: Music in the Castle of Heaven John Eliot Gardiner talks about his new book, <i>Bach: Music in the Castle of Heaven</i>, on Learning to Listen. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/11/04/john-eliot-gardiner-johann-sebastian-bach-learning-to-listen?refid=0 Mon, 04 Nov 2013 11:45:00 -0600 Castlevania: Lords of Shadow on Top Score The Castlevania series of games has great music, including the newest in the series, "Lords of Shadow" by Oscar Araujo. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/10/31/castlevania-lords-of-shadow-on-top-score?refid=0 Thu, 31 Oct 2013 08:14:53 -0500 Learning 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-Sa&#235;ns. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/10/28/dances-of-death-on-learning-to-listen?refid=0 Mon, 28 Oct 2013 11:50:00 -0500 Halloween Game Music Bundle on Top Score The newest Game Music Bundle features 14 soundtracks from scary games, the perfect music for your Halloween party! http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/10/23/halloween-game-music-bundle-on-top-score?refid=0 Wed, 23 Oct 2013 17:41:24 -0500 The Videri String Quartet on Top Score The Videri String Quartet is a typical string quartet -- with a twist. Although each member of the ensemble is classically trained, the group chooses to exclusively play video game music. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/10/17/the-videri-string-quartet-on-top-score?refid=0 Thu, 17 Oct 2013 00:00:00 -0500 Learning 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. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/10/14/learning-to-listen-verdi-s-longevity?refid=0 Mon, 14 Oct 2013 11:50:00 -0500 Lorne Balfe and Beyond: Two Souls on Top Score Composer Lorne Balfe wrote music for the game <em>Beyond: Two Souls</em>, which just came out on Tuesday. Balfe's music helps to tell the story of the game, centered on a character named Jodie. And the music is brilliant. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/10/09/lorne-balfe-and-beyond-two-souls-on-top-score?refid=0 Thu, 10 Oct 2013 00:00:00 -0500 Learning 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. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/10/07/learning-to-listen-bachs-brandenburg-concertos-4-5-and-6?refid=0 Mon, 07 Oct 2013 11:34:29 -0500 Raison Varner and Borderlands 2: Tiny Tina's Assault on Dragon Keep on Top Score In <i>Borderlands 2: Tiny Tina's Assault on Dragon Keep</i>, composer Raison Varner had the opportunity to poke a bit of fun at one of the most beloved genres of all media &#151; the fantasy genre. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/10/03/raison-varner-and-borderlands-2-tiny-tinas-assault-on-dragons-keep-on-top-score?refid=0 Thu, 03 Oct 2013 00:00:00 -0500 Learning 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. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/09/30/learning-to-listen-brandenburg-concertos?refid=0 Mon, 30 Sep 2013 11:50:00 -0500 Jessica Curry and 'Amnesia: A Machine for Pigs' on Top Score Set in Victorian London, <i>Amnesia: A Machine for Pigs</i> follows an earlier game called <i>Amnesia: The Dark Descent</i>, which has been described by some as the scariest game ever made. Composer Jessica Curry discusses the music and concept for <i>Amnesia: A Machine for Pigs</i>. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/09/26/jessica-curry-and-amnesia-a-machine-for-pigs-on-top-score-?refid=0 Thu, 26 Sep 2013 10:00:00 -0500 Gustavo Santaolalla and The Last of Us on Top Score Gustavo Santaolalla won back-to-back Oscars in 2006 and 2007, for Brokeback Mountain and Babel, respectively. And those sparse film scores are indicative of Gustavo's use of space in music &#151; silence can be one of the most effective sounds to use in a video game. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/07/03/gustavo-santaolalla-the-last-of-us-on-top-score?refid=0 Thu, 19 Sep 2013 00:00:00 -0500 Learning 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. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/09/16/learning-to-listen-nadia-boulanger?refid=0 Mon, 16 Sep 2013 11:40:00 -0500 Jack Wall and Lost Planet 3 on Top Score Composer Jack Wall wrote two quite different soundtracks for <i>Lost Planet 3</i> &#151; one takes the player through the battles and cinematics of Lost Planet, and one takes the main character back to Planet Earth. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/09/12/jack-wall-and-lost-planet-3-on-top-score?refid=0 Thu, 12 Sep 2013 00:00:00 -0500 Learning to Listen: Back to School Learning to Listen &#151; a new series from Classical MPR, hosted by Emily Reese &#151; 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 &#151; especially in band. That's why our focus this week is music for wind ensembles. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/09/09/learning-to-listen-band-music?refid=0 Mon, 09 Sep 2013 11:45:00 -0500 Rob Garner and the Washington Metropolitan Gamer Symphony Orchestra on Top Score The Washington Metro Gamer Symphony Orchestra is a brand new all-volunteer ensemble devoted entirely to performing orchestral arrangements of video game music. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/09/05/rob-garner-and-the-washington-metropolitan-gamer-symphony-orchestra-on-top-score?refid=0 Thu, 05 Sep 2013 00:00:00 -0500 James Hannigan and Dead Space 3 on Top Score Composer James Hannigan wrote music for <i>Dead Space 3</i>; an ominous score for a terrifying game. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/08/29/james-hannigan-and-dead-space-3-on-top-score?refid=0 Thu, 29 Aug 2013 00:00:00 -0500 James Hannigan and RuneScape 3 on Top Score British composer James Hannigan has scored just about every type of game imaginable, from the final four 'Harry Potter' games to terrifying 'Dead Space 3'. We talked about his newest project, a big online fantasy game called 'RuneScape 3'. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/08/22/james-hannigan-and-runescape-3-on-top-score?refid=0 Thu, 22 Aug 2013 00:00:00 -0500 Tim Larkin and DotA 2 on Top Score Even though it's been out for a month, the game 'DotA 2' is still a work in progress. Composer Tim Larkin started writing music for the game more than two years ago -- and he's not done yet. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/08/15/tim-larkin-and-dota-2-on-top-score?refid=0 Thu, 15 Aug 2013 00:00:00 -0500 Star Trek: Boldly going where no video game soundtrack has gone before There are literally dozens of Star Trek games, spun off from the television series that started in 1966, yet no one's ever released a soundtrack from those games... until now. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/08/08/top-score-star-trek-dominik-hauser?refid=0 Thu, 08 Aug 2013 00:00:00 -0500 Cris Velasco and Company of Heroes 2 on Top Score If you needed to write music that sounded Russian, where would you start? Composer Cris Velasco talks Company of Heroes 2 on Top Score from Classical MPR. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/07/29/cris-velasco-company-of-heroes-2-top-score?refid=0 Thu, 01 Aug 2013 11:18:25 -0500 Tom Salta and Halo: Spartan Assault on Top Score Halo is back, with a new platform and a new composer dedicated to preserving the iconic sound of the series, Tom Salta. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/07/11/tom-salta-halo-spartan-assault-top-score?refid=0 Thu, 18 Jul 2013 09:30:00 -0500 Normand Corbeil's Heavy Rain on Top Score The difficult decisions players must make in Heavy Rain are underscored by a gorgeous soundtrack, written by French-Canadian film composer Normand Corbeil. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/07/03/normand-corbeil-heavy-rain-top-score?refid=0 Wed, 03 Jul 2013 12:00:00 -0500 Olivier Deriviere's Remember Me on Top Score Paris may be best well-known as the City of Lights, but French composer Olivier Deriviere turns it into a city of memories in the new game <em>Remember Me</em>. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/06/27/olivier-deriviers-remember-me-on-top-score?refid=0 Thu, 27 Jun 2013 00:00:00 -0500 Jason Graves and Tomb Raider on Top Score Composer Jason Graves explains the musical themes he created for "Tomb Raider" on the new episode of Top Score from Classical MPR. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/06/19/jason-graves-and-tomb-raider-on-top-score?refid=0 Wed, 19 Jun 2013 14:18:23 -0500 Grant Kirkhope and Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning Composer Grant Kirkhope lets his British roots shine in his score for Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/06/12/grant-kirkhope-kingdoms-of-amalur-reckoning-top-score?refid=0 Thu, 13 Jun 2013 08:15:45 -0500 Garry Schyman's BioShock Infinite on Top Score How do I feel about composer Garry Schyman's score to the new BioShock Infinite? Put it on a stage and let me hear it live, over and over... and over... and over... http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/06/06/garry-schyman-bioshock-infinite-top-score?refid=0 Thu, 06 Jun 2013 00:00:00 -0500 Austin Wintory and Monaco: What's Yours is Mine Inspired by music from the era of silent film, Austin Wintory's score for Monaco: What's Yours is Mine features improvisational ragtime piano. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/05/31/austin-wintory-and-monaco-whats-yours-is-mine-on-top-score?refid=0 Fri, 31 May 2013 09:31:04 -0500 Learning 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. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/05/28/learning-to-listen-to-stravinsky-the-rite-of-spring?refid=0 Tue, 28 May 2013 17:00:04 -0500 Olivier Deriviere and Remember Me on Top Score Paris may be best well-known as the City of Lights, but French composer Olivier Deriviere turns it into a city of memories in the new game <em>Remember Me</em>. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/05/24/olivier-deriviere-remember-me-on-top-score?refid=0 Fri, 24 May 2013 15:00:00 -0500 Lennie Moore and Red Orchestra 2: Rising Storm on Top Score With so many World War II games on the market, it can be difficult to come up with a unique sound for the score. Lennie Moore talks about his music for Red Orchestra 2: Rising Storm on Top Score. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/05/10/lennie-moore-and-red-orchestra-2-rising-storm-on-top-score?refid=0 Fri, 10 May 2013 15:30:00 -0500 Garry Schyman's BioShock Infinite on Top Score How do I feel about composer Garry Schyman's score to the new BioShock Infinite? Put it on a stage and let me hear it live, over and over... and over... and over... http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/04/23/garry-schymans-bioshock-infinite-on-top-score?refid=0 Tue, 23 Apr 2013 14:00:00 -0500 Deconstructing "Tomb Raider" with Composer Jason Graves Composer Jason Graves explains the musical themes he created for "Tomb Raider" on the new episode of Top Score from Classical MPR. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/04/19/deconstructing-tomb-raider-with-composer-jason-graves-top-score?refid=0 Fri, 19 Apr 2013 13:30:00 -0500 Kevin Riepl and Aliens: Colonial Marines on Top Score What happens when a composer writes a great score for a not-so-great game? Kevin Riepl talks about his music for Aliens: Colonial Marines. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/04/12/kevin-riepl-and-aliens-colonial-marines-on-top-score?refid=0 Fri, 12 Apr 2013 15:30:00 -0500 Jeremy Soule Uses Kickstarter to Fund His First Symphony Kickstarter is a website allowing consumers to fund projects, including movies, games, conferences and everything else in between. "Skyrim" composer Jeremy Soule decided to use it to fund writing, recording and performing his Symphony No. 1. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/03/30/jeremy-soule-uses-kickstarter-to-fund-his-first-symphony?refid=0 Mon, 01 Apr 2013 17:30:07 -0500 Jim Dooley and Infamous on Top Score Composer Jim Dooley talks about working on both games in the <em>Infamous</em> series on Top Score from Classical MPR. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/03/29/jim-dooley-and-infamous-on-top-score?refid=0 Fri, 29 Mar 2013 10:00:00 -0500 Classical MPR at PAX East 2013 Top Score and Classical MPR host Emily Reese traveled to Boston to moderate the "Behind the Music of Blockbuster Video Games" panel at PAX East 2013. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/03/26/classical-mpr-at-pax-east-2013?refid=0 Tue, 26 Mar 2013 11:46:55 -0500 Peter McConnell and Sly Cooper: Thieves in Time on Top Score Peter McConnell and Emily Reese talk Sly Cooper: Thieves in Time on the new episode of Top Score from Classical MPR. Enter for your chance to win a copy of the PlayStation 3 game below! http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/03/14/peter-mcconnell-and-sly-cooper-thieves-in-time-on-top-score?refid=0 Thu, 14 Mar 2013 11:40:14 -0500 The Parker Quartet perform at Classical MPR and discuss their upcoming concert Minnesota's own Parker Quartet are one of the most celebrated classical ensembles of their generation. Today, they returned to Minnesota Public Radio's studios for a performance and interview with Emily Reese. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/03/07/parker-quartet-performance-interview?refid=0 Thu, 07 Mar 2013 16:16:42 -0600 Penka Kouneva and A Warrior's Odyssey on Top Score Composer Penka Kouneva took two months between projects to write her own music, culminating in a CD called <em>A Warrior's Odyssey</em>. Emily Reese spoke with Penka about her music, and coming to the U.S. from Bulgaria. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/02/26/penka-kouneva-warriors-odyssey-on-top-score?refid=0 Tue, 26 Feb 2013 15:00:00 -0600 Daniel Licht's Music for "Dishonored" Steampunk meets Charles Dickens's London in the game Dishonored, scored by composer Daniel Licht. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/02/07/daniel-licht-and-dishonored-on-top-score?refid=0 Thu, 07 Feb 2013 05:00:00 -0600 Inon Zur and Rift on Top Score Composer Inon Zur and the new music for <em>Rift: Storm Legion</em> on the latest episode of Top Score from Classical MPR. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/01/31/inon-zur-rift-top-score?refid=0 Thu, 31 Jan 2013 00:00:00 -0600 Video Game Music Quiz: Can You Tell the Difference? We've been playing video game music all week, now the moment of reckoning: can you tell the difference between these Classical compositions and Video Game scores? Take our quiz and find out. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/01/18/video-game-music-quiz-can-you-tell-the-difference?refid=0 Fri, 18 Jan 2013 10:00:00 -0600 The Current Presents the Best Video Game Scores of 2012 The Current Presents the Best Video Game Scores of 2012, hosted by Emily Reese of Top Score. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/01/04/the-current-presents-best-video-game-scores-2012?refid=0 Fri, 04 Jan 2013 06:00:00 -0600 Top Score: The South American Sounds of Papo & Yo <em>Papo & Yo</em> turned out to be one of the most emotional experiences I've had as a gamer. While I feel as though I say that more and more, it's a trend I wholeheartedly embrace. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/12/21/papo-and-yo-top-score-brian-doliveira?refid=0 Fri, 21 Dec 2012 14:00:00 -0600 Jesper Kyd and Darksiders II on Top Score Jesper Kyd explains how he scored the afterlife, light and darkness for Darksiders II on Top Score from Classical MPR. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/12/14/jesper-kyd-darksiders-ii-top-score?refid=0 Fri, 14 Dec 2012 13:30:00 -0600 Learning 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'. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/12/10/rondo-form-learning-to-listen?refid=0 Mon, 10 Dec 2012 11:26:34 -0600 Call of Duty: Black Ops II Gets Musical Makeover from Jack Wall Significant musical moments in Call of Duty: Black Ops II are explained by the soundtrack's composer, Jack Wall, on the newest episode of Top Score from Classical MPR. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/12/06/call-of-duty-black-ops-ii-jack-wall-top-score?refid=0 Thu, 06 Dec 2012 16:00:00 -0600 Matt Uelmen, Diablo and Torchlight on Top Score Matt Uelmen shares his music for Torchlight II on Top Score from Classical MPR. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/11/30/matt-uelmen-top-score-diablo-torchlight?refid=0 Fri, 30 Nov 2012 12:00:00 -0600 Christopher Lennertz on Top Score Christopher Lennertz is a busy guy, working on multiple television projects like Supernatural and Revolution, in addition to writing music for games like Starhawk and Mass Effect 3. Hear the conversation on the new episode of Top Score from Classical MPR. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/11/19/christopher-lennertz-top-score-mass-effect-starhawk?refid=0 Mon, 19 Nov 2012 14:00:00 -0600 Video Game Music Fan Site OC ReMix on Top Score David Lloyd launched OCReMix.org in 1999 to create a site for fans to share their interpretations of game music. David and submissions judge Larry Oji joined Top Score for a conversation about fan art. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/11/15/ocremix-top-score-larry-oji-david-lloyd?refid=0 Thu, 15 Nov 2012 11:30:00 -0600 Sonata Form on Learning to Listen Sonata form emerged as the most important compositional tool in the 18th century. What is it, who uses it and where is it used? Find out in the new episode of Learning to Listen from Classical MPR. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/11/08/sonata-form-learning-to-listen?refid=0 Fri, 09 Nov 2012 15:00:00 -0600 Composer Lorne Balfe Chats Skylanders on Top Score On the new episode of Top Score, Lorne Balfe talks about his music for the new "Skylanders" game, called "Skylanders: Giants." http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/10/26/lorne-balfe-skylanders-giants-top-score?refid=0 Fri, 26 Oct 2012 11:25:00 -0500 Learning to Listen: Introduction to Musical Form What makes a symphony a symphony? What makes a waltz a waltz? How about the blues, what is taking place that makes us call a song a blues song? There are so many different ways to write a song or piece of music, and there are rules for all those ways. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/10/25/musical-form-learning-to-listen?refid=0 Thu, 25 Oct 2012 15:30:00 -0500 Spy Hunter Gets New Soundtrack by Ryan Shore Composer Ryan Shore Top Score from Classical MPR to discuss his score for a relaunched "Spy Hunter." http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/10/19/ryan-shore-spy-hunter-top-score-henry-mancini?refid=0 Fri, 19 Oct 2012 15:15:00 -0500 The Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses on Top Score The Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses is a musical celebration of twenty-five years of Zelda melodies. The new episode of Top Score features a conversation with the producers of the touring show, video game music fans Jason Michael Paul and Jeron Moore. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/10/11/legend-of-zelda-symphony-of-the-goddesses-on-top-score?refid=0 Thu, 11 Oct 2012 15:30:00 -0500 Top Score Giveaway: Calling All Dawns by Christopher Tin Christopher Tin kindly sent us five signed copies of "Calling All Dawns". Enter today for your chance to win a copy! http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/10/08/top-score-giveaway-calling-all-dawns-by-christopher-tin?refid=0 Mon, 08 Oct 2012 13:00:00 -0500 Jessica Curry and Dear Esther on Top Score Jessica Curry's chamber music score for indie game Dear Esther is a wonderful compliment to stunning visuals and compelling narrative. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/10/03/jessica-curry-dear-esther-top-score?refid=0 Wed, 03 Oct 2012 16:00:00 -0500 Christopher Tin on Top Score Composer Christopher Tin is the featured guest on the new episode of Top Score from Classical Minnesota Public Radio. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/09/25/christopher-tin-top-score-cd-giveaway?refid=0 Tue, 25 Sep 2012 14:00:00 -0500 Clara Schumann and Arnold Schoenberg Clara Schumann got a lot of birthday attention, thanks to the Google Doodle for Sept. 13; here's a closer look at her history -- and that of another composer who shares the birthday, Arnold Schonberg. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/09/13/clara-schumann-and-arnold-schoenberg?refid=0 Thu, 13 Sep 2012 13:30:00 -0500 Learning to Listen - Debussy The sounds created by Claude Debussy can be quickly recognized, but he was a versatile composer who wrote in many different genres. This podcast introduces you to some of his instrumental works. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/08/21/learning-to-listen-debussy?refid=0 Tue, 21 Aug 2012 10:00:00 -0500 The Music of Skyrim on Top Score A review of some of the best music from Jeremy Soule's soundtrack for The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim on Top Score from Classical Minnesota Public Radio. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/08/07/music-of-skyrim-on-top-score?refid=0 Wed, 08 Aug 2012 16:00:00 -0500 Learning to Listen: The Minuet Our Learning to Listen series takes a closer look at classical music, aiming to help you understand what you're hearing on Classical MPR. This lesson is about the minuet. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/06/29/learning-to-listen-the-minuet?refid=0 Fri, 29 Jun 2012 13:42:28 -0500 Learning to Listen: Baroque Dance Suites 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. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/06/27/learning-to-listen-baroque-dance-suites?refid=0 Wed, 27 Jun 2012 00:00:00 -0500 Bach Playlist: The Brandenburgs Bach wrote his six Brandenburg Concertos for the Margrave of Brandenburg, Christian Ludwig, possibly hoping to secure employment in the margrave's court. Lacking the necessary virtuosic players, the margrave never heard the concertos, and the manuscripts weren't published until 1850, one-hundred years after Bach's death. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/06/18/bach-playlist-the-brandenburgs?refid=0 Sat, 16 Jun 2012 00:00:00 -0500 Darren Korb Talks Bastion on Top Score Darren Korb created what he calls "acoustic frontier trip-hop" as the soundscape for the game Bastion. Hear Darren and his music on Top Score from Classical MPR. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/06/01/darren-korb-and-bastion-on-top-score?refid=0 Fri, 08 Jun 2012 15:30:00 -0500 Austin Wintory talks about Journey on Top Score Austin Wintory teamed up with thatgamecompany and Jenova Chen to create a terrific score for the game "Journey" http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/05/22/journey-austin-wintory-top-score?refid=0 Wed, 23 May 2012 14:00:00 -0500 The Music of Mass Effect 3 on Top Score Three of the composers from Mass Effect 3 join Emily Reese for a conversation about their music on the newest episode of Top Score from Classical MPR. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/05/08/mass-effect-3-top-score-hulick-dikiciyan-velasco?refid=0 Tue, 08 May 2012 14:30:00 -0500 Richard Jacques on Top Score Two of my favorite things coincide on the new episode of Top Score: composer Richard Jacques, and LittleBigPlanet. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/04/04/richard-jacques-on-top-score-little-big-planet?refid=0 Tue, 10 Apr 2012 15:00:00 -0500 Ron Fish Talks Batman on Top Score Composer Ron Fish joins Top Score to talk about his music for Batman: Arkham City, Batman: Arkham Asylum, the God of War series and Sega Japan's Rise of Nightmares. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/03/07/ron-fish-batman-arkham-city-top-score?refid=0 Fri, 09 Mar 2012 15:00:00 -0600 Mozart's Don Giovanni from the Met Mozart's Don Giovanni is live from the Metropolitan Opera Saturday, March 10. Hear it on Classical MPR at 11:00 am CT. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/03/06/mozarts-don-giovanni-from-the-met?refid=0 Wed, 07 Mar 2012 14:00:00 -0600 Mass Effect Preview Show on Top Score Mass Effect 3 comes out on March 6th, and Top Score has a preview of two new tracks, and a review of the music from the Mass Effect universe. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/02/23/mass-effect-3-preview-top-score?refid=0 Thu, 23 Feb 2012 12:36:45 -0600 Jesper Kyd at Minnesota Public Radio Headquarters Composer Jesper Kyd visited MPR headquarters in November for Top Score's first live event. Check out the audio and video from the night! http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/01/31/jesper-kyd-event-mpr-top-score?refid=0 Tue, 31 Jan 2012 11:44:43 -0600 Playlist for Children Continuing with our New Year's resolution playlists, Host Emily Reese compiled a list to get kids up and moving to Classical Music. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/01/21/playlist-for-children?refid=0 Tue, 24 Jan 2012 00:00:00 -0600 The Enchanted Island - A World Premiere at the Met "The Enchanted Island" gets its broadcast premiere at The Metropolitan Opera Saturday. Hear it live on Classical MPR at noon central. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/01/19/the-enchanted-island-premiere-metropolitan-opera?refid=0 Sat, 21 Jan 2012 06:00:00 -0600 8- and 16-Bit Music on Top Score Host of The Legacy Music Hour podcast, Brent Weinbach, joins Top Score to talk about his passion for the 8- and 16-bit era of video game music. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/01/09/old-school-video-game-music-on-top-score?refid=0 Tue, 17 Jan 2012 14:44:53 -0600 Inon Zur talks about Lord of the Rings: War in the North on Top Score Inon Zur returns to Top Score from Classical MPR to talk about his new score to Lord of the Rings: War in the North. Enter the drawing for a chance to win the Xbox version of Lord of the Rings -- War of the North, plus the original game soundtrack by Inon Zur. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2011/12/19/inon-zur-lord-of-the-rings-top-score?refid=0 Mon, 19 Dec 2011 10:27:55 -0600 Best Video Game Soundtracks of 2011 Here are my picks for the best video game soundtracks of 2011. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2011/12/16/best-video-game-soundtracks-2011?refid=0 Fri, 16 Dec 2011 09:09:04 -0600 Jesper Kyd Talks Assassin's Creed on Top Score Composer Jesper Kyd has written music for all four games in the Assassin's Creed series. Hear him talk about the experience in the new episode of Top Score from Classical MPR. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2011/12/05/jesper-kyd-top-score-assassins-creed?refid=0 Wed, 07 Dec 2011 14:00:00 -0600 Greg Edmonson and Uncharted 3 on Top Score Greg Edmonson talks about his music for the Uncharted trilogy on Top Score from Classical Minnesota Public Radio. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2011/11/17/greg-edmonson-top-score?refid=0 Thu, 17 Nov 2011 13:31:39 -0600 Brian Tyler Talks Modern Warfare 3 on Top Score Brian Tyler talks about his score for one of the most anticipated games of the year: Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 on the new episode of Top Score from Classical Minnesota Public Radio. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2011/11/03/brian-tyler-top-score-modern-warfare-3?refid=0 Thu, 03 Nov 2011 15:30:00 -0500 Bear McCreary on Top Score Composer Bear McCreary is our guest on Top Score this week from Classical MPR. I first became interested in his music through my adoration of the relaunched "Battlestar Galactica" series on SyFy. Lucky for me, Bear also scored two video games. Capcom's "Dark Void" from 2010, and Sony's "SOCOM 4: U.S. Navy SEALs." http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2011/10/19/top-score-bear-mccreary?refid=0 Wed, 19 Oct 2011 11:41:25 -0500 Tom Salta on Top Score Composer Tom Salta applied a multifaceted musical background to create an immersive and highly interactive soundtrack for Eric Chahi's new game, "From Dust." http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2011/10/04/tom-salta-top-score-from-dust?refid=0 Wed, 05 Oct 2011 00:00:00 -0500 Boris Salchow's Music for Resistance 3 on Top Score The latest installment of Top Score features an interview with Boris Salchow, who composed the score for the recently released sci-fi shooter "Resistance 3." http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2011/09/18/boris-salchow-top-score?refid=0 Tue, 20 Sep 2011 00:00:00 -0500 Top Score Launches Season 2 with Halo Composer Martin O'Donnell Veteran video game composer Martin O'Donnell talks about writing scores for ten years of Halo on the first episode of season 2 from Top Score on Classical Minnesota Public Radio. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2011/09/06/top-score-martin-odonnell-halo-s2e1?refid=0 Tue, 06 Sep 2011 11:46:29 -0500 Top Score: Season 2 Challenge Top Score, our podcast exploring video game music is announcing its second season. But in true game fashion, there's a challenge for you to figure out. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2011/08/19/top-score-season2?refid=0 Fri, 19 Aug 2011 14:42:52 -0500 Top Score: Laura Karpman What does 20th-century American composer Milton Babbitt (1916-2011) have to do with video game music? A lot, as it turns out. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2011/08/03/top-score-laura-karpman?refid=0 Wed, 03 Aug 2011 14:12:52 -0500 Heavy Rain on Top Score The game Heavy Rain was released in 2010 by Quantic Dream. Composer Normand Corbeil wrote the music and is the guest on Top Score from Classical Minnesota Public Radio. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2011/07/13/heavy-rain-top-score-normand-corbeil?refid=0 Thu, 14 Jul 2011 00:00:00 -0500 A Chip Off the Old Bach What bridges the music from the Baroque and Classical eras? Something happened in between those two periods of music that spanned the complex polyphony of the Baroque, and the homophonic style of the Classical era, and that's precisely where Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach landed. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2011/06/24/cpe-bach?refid=0 Fri, 24 Jun 2011 09:48:56 -0500 Red Dead Redemption on Top Score Rockstar Games turned to Bill Elm and Woody Jackson to create the music for "Red Dead Redemption." On this episode of Top Score from Classical MPR, Elm discusses he and Jackson's background in the alt-country scene, his admiration for Italian film composer Ennio Morricone and more. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2011/06/20/top-score-red-dead-redemption-bill-elm?refid=0 Thu, 23 Jun 2011 12:21:46 -0500 Sean Murray, composer for Call of Duty: Black Ops on Top Score Composer Sean Murray talks about his music for Call of Duty: Black Ops, game 7 in one of the most successful franchises in gaming history. Hear him on Top Score from Classical Minnesota Public Radio. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2011/06/07/black-ops-sean-murray-top-score-podcast?refid=0 Thu, 09 Jun 2011 13:00:00 -0500 BioShock Composer Garry Schyman on Top Score Composer Garry Schyman talks to Top Score about his music for BioShock, BioShock 2 and Dante's Inferno. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2011/05/23/top-score-episode-4-garry-schyman-bioshock?refid=0 Tue, 24 May 2011 14:35:20 -0500 Dead Space Composer Jason Graves on Top Score Composer Jason Graves created a gorgeous but terrifying score for Dead Space and Dead Space 2. Hear an interview with Jason on Episode 3 of Top Score from Classical MPR. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2011/05/09/top-score-jason-graves-dead-space?refid=0 Tue, 10 May 2011 00:00:00 -0500 Stacking on Top Score Episode Two of Top Score is all about Stacking, a delightful game with a classical soundtrack. Join Emily Reese for a conversation with Game Designer Lee Petty, Audio Director Brian Min and Composer Peter McConnell. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2011/04/20/top-score-stacking-episode-2?refid=0 Tue, 26 Apr 2011 15:09:16 -0500 Top Score: Dragon Age II Composer Inon Zur Award-winning composer Inon Zur writes music for video games like Dragon Age: Origins, Dragon Age II, and the two most recent games in the Fallout series. He talks about his journey and his job on Top Score from Classical Minnesota Public Radio. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2011/04/12/inon-zur-dragon-age?refid=0 Tue, 12 Apr 2011 00:00:00 -0500 Gluck's Iphigenie en Tauride at The Met Saturday, February 26, 2011, The Metropolitan Opera will broadcast a live performance of Gluck's opera "Iphigenie en Tauride" on Classical MPR at 12:00 p.m. CST. The star-studded cast includes Susan Graham and Placido Domingo. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2011/02/24/iphigenie-at-the-met-2011?refid=0 Thu, 24 Feb 2011 14:52:18 -0600 Verdi's Troubles with Simon Boccanegra When Verdi's opera Simon Boccanegra premiered, audiences didn't understand the libretto and they didn't like the music. Maybe the costumes were pretty? http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2011/02/04/verdi-simon-boccanegra?refid=0 Fri, 04 Feb 2011 11:34:27 -0600 Puccini's Tosca at The Met Puccini knew what he wanted, and he eventually got it. Hear his opera, Tosca, in a live broadcast by The Metropolitan Opera on Classical MPR Saturday at noon. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2011/01/27/tosca-at-met-2011?refid=0 Thu, 27 Jan 2011 10:59:47 -0600 Verdi's Rigoletto Verdi took a few too many chances while writing his opera, Rigoletto. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2011/01/21/rigoletto-at-the-met?refid=0 Fri, 21 Jan 2011 09:16:33 -0600 Getting to know the Gamer Symphony Orchestra There is a new generation of musicians with a growing interest in performing in and attending concerts by orchestral ensembles. Kids have always wanted to learn to play the melodies from Hollywood blockbuster movies and hit television shows, but there's a newer game in town, so to speak. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2011/01/13/gamer-symphony-orchestra?refid=0 Thu, 13 Jan 2011 16:18:04 -0600 Video Games Live Tommy Tallarico is passionate about opening the eyes of non-gamers to the world of video gaming and drawing in a new generation of classical music lovers. He's managed to do both with his live concert series Video Games Live. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2011/01/06/video_games_live?refid=0 Thu, 06 Jan 2011 14:14:13 -0600 State plans to introduce wasps to combat ash borer The state of Minnesota plans to introduce stingless wasps to help eradicate the emerald ash borer. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/06/15/ash-borer-wasp?refid=0 Tue, 15 Jun 2010 11:34:30 -0500