Attention to Detail: The Classical Music Listening Guide
Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture: A July 4th Preview

Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture: A July 4th Preview

June 17, 2021

After a long hiatus, we are back (!!) with a breakdown of Tchaikovsky's 1812 Overture. This piece is heard on July 4th concerts around the United States, and has a fascinating history and layout. We talk about how the overture was actually originally meant to celebrate Russian victory over the invading French, Tchaikovsky's fusion of the absolute and programmatic styles of composition, and the famous ending!

Returning to Live Concerts, Part 2: How to Prepare for a Concert

Returning to Live Concerts, Part 2: How to Prepare for a Concert

April 26, 2021

We continue our series on returning to live concerts with a discussion of how to prepare for attending a performance. Should you listen to the pieces beforehand, should you read program notes, and should different pieces be approached in different ways? We tackle all of these questions, and more, in this discussion!

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Returning to Live Concerts, Part 1: Etiquette Q&A

Returning to Live Concerts, Part 1: Etiquette Q&A

April 16, 2021

As live concerts start to come back, we discuss some of the tricky questions surrounding the daunting world of concert etiquette. Many traditions of the classical concert-going experience can be intimidating and confusing to newcomers, so we try to break those down, examine what is important and what is unnecessary, and share some personal experiences!

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Mozart, Haydn, or Other?

Mozart, Haydn, or Other?

March 26, 2021

On this episode, we are joined by violinist Kevin Lin and cellist Stephen Hawkey to play a game we are calling Mozart, Haydn, or Other! Kevin and Stephen listen to several clips of music from the Classical era and attempt to identify whether the composer is one of the two great masters, or some other lesser-known composer writing in a similar style.

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A Musical Winter, Part 2: Schubert’s Winterreise

A Musical Winter, Part 2: Schubert’s Winterreise

March 2, 2021

On today's episode, we continue our exploration of winter-themed pieces with Schubert's dark and gloomy Winterreise. The quintessential unappreciated artist, Schubert's music is now at the center of the classical repertoire, and Winterreise is seen as one of the iconic works of German romanticism. Although the music is dreary, we hope you get enjoyment out of listening, with a little assistance from us along the way!

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A Musical Winter, Part 1: Haydn’s The Seasons

A Musical Winter, Part 1: Haydn’s The Seasons

February 17, 2021

Winter is here! With many of us in the U.S. buried under feet of snow, we thought we would review some pieces of music inspired by winter, starting with Haydn's The Seasons! This little-known oratorio is a real gem, so we hope you enjoy listening!

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Why Is Classical Music Getting Faster?

Why Is Classical Music Getting Faster?

February 1, 2021

Over the years, it seems that performances of classical music have steadily been getting faster. Why is this, and how does it affect the way we listen? Jacob and Hannah discuss this trend in classical music and the parallels in other genres, comparing recordings of the same piece that take different tempi.

https://www.rollingstone.com/music/music-news/even-classical-music-is-getting-faster-these-days-748385/

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Re-Listening to Music

Re-Listening to Music

January 25, 2021

Today we explore the phenomenon of re-listening to music. All of us listen to certain songs over and over, which can help us relax, fuel a workout, or provide a nice background to a party. But listening to music repeatedly can also be an attentive and meaningful process, something that Hannah and Jacob explore in this episode.

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Musical Blind Tasting, Part 2

Musical Blind Tasting, Part 2

January 11, 2021

On this episode of our Musical Blind Tasting series, we focus on music of the Baroque era! Hannah chooses four excerpts for Jacob to listen to and discuss, and then he attempts to try to guess the correct composer. We hope you'll play along, and if you're interested in some helpful techniques for listening to Baroque music, check out our episode on listening tips!

A Listening Guide for the New Year

A Listening Guide for the New Year

December 31, 2020

To usher out the challenges of 2020 and ring in what we hope to be a healthier and happier year, we put together a musical listening guide! Our guide consists of four selections based on our reflections on 2020, and four selections highlighting our aspirations for 2021. We want to thank all of our listeners for joining us this year, and look forward to more exciting, fruitful, and music-filled times!

New Year Playlist: Here

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