Attention to Detail: The Classical Music Listening Guide
Underrated Composers Draft

Underrated Composers Draft

July 7, 2020

We're back with another fantasy sports-style draft, this time picking our most underrated composers! We averaged several Top 100 Composers lists to approximate the general consensus on who the greatest composers are, and then we picked apart the list. Enjoy!
Compiled List of Top 100 Composers: Link

How to Listen to Modern Music

How to Listen to Modern Music

July 4, 2020

Hannah is back, and today we're tackling the tricky world of modern/contemporary music! We discuss some techniques for new listeners to approach this often challenging and intimidating sub-genre of classical music, and predictably get sidetracked philosophizing about the meaning of July 4th and the decline of American exceptionalism.

Interview with Elizabeth Hellmuth Margulis

Interview with Elizabeth Hellmuth Margulis

June 25, 2020

Today we're joined by Elizabeth Hellmuth Margulis, Professor of Music at Princeton University and author of two books, On Repeat: How Music Plays the Mind and The Psychology of Music: A Very Short Introduction. We discuss a variety of topics, including her work on repetition, how to measure musicality, and the parallels between language and music! 

To hear the speech-to-song illusion mentioned in the episode, click here.

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Music from Pandemic Years: 1918

Music from Pandemic Years: 1918

June 19, 2020

We're back with our penultimate episode on our pandemic years series, this time reviewing the eventful 1918! We look at Janacek's Taras Bulba and Bartok's Bluebeard's Castle, two fascinating works of musical modernism. 

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Music from Pandemic Years: 1910

Music from Pandemic Years: 1910

June 13, 2020

In another musical review of famous pandemic years, on this episode we're tackling the cholera epidemic of 1910. 1910 is a particularly rich year in the history of music, and we decided to review pieces from arguably the two most famous 20th century composers, Schoenberg and Stravinsky! 

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Music from Pandemic Years: 1890

Music from Pandemic Years: 1890

June 10, 2020

We're back with a review of another pandemic year, 1890! Today we're looking at one of Brahms' last pieces, his String Quintet, and Dvorak's phenomenal Eighth Symphony. 

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Music from Pandemic Years: 1854

Music from Pandemic Years: 1854

June 3, 2020

Today we're reviewing two pieces from the year 1854, Schumann's Geistervariationen and Brahms's Piano Trio No. 1! These are two phenomenal pieces with excellent stories behind them, so we hope you enjoy, and we will be back with more great music produced during pandemics in the coming days.

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Music from Pandemic Years: Intro

Music from Pandemic Years: Intro

June 2, 2020

We're very excited to be introducing a new series on music from years of pandemics! Over the next few episodes, we'll be reviewing some great music that was produced during the time of pandemics. While most of the music we'll review is apolitical and not explicitly tied to historical events, we hope this series demonstrates that the march of artistic progress is never-ending!

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Chamber Music Draft

Chamber Music Draft

May 26, 2020

We're back with another fantasy-style draft of our favorite classical music - last time we picked our favorite symphonies, this time we took on chamber music! We recommend you watch this on video instead of listening: for a link to the video, click here. But if you prefer audio format, apologies for the iffy quality at times, the first time in the entire quarantine that Zoom has let us down!

To vote on your favorite team, click here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/WNYPSGB

 

Lesser-Known Gems: Bartok’s Wooden Prince

Lesser-Known Gems: Bartok’s Wooden Prince

May 16, 2020

Today we're reviewing Bartok's dazzling ballet, The Wooden Prince, with guest Alex Amsel. This breakdown uses some more slightly advanced terminology, so we recommend you check out our previous episode on scales and modes first, if those concepts are unfamiliar! But have no fear, despite being a complex and detailed piece, The Wooden Prince is an absolute gem!

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