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Classical Classroom, Episode 29: Wesley Horner on the intimate conversation of Beethoven’s 7th Symphony

Posted on · Beethoven's 7th Symphony (Yes! We finally talk about Beethoven!) is one of independent producer, author, documentary filmmaker, and Peabody Award-winner, Wesley Horner's favorite pieces of music. In this episode, Wes takes us on an emotional journey through this masterful musical conversation. Caution: you may want to dance or weep - or dance and weep - when you listen to this.

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Classical Classroom, Episode 28: Tchaikovsky’s musical biography, “Pathetique” – harbinger of doom?

Posted on · Was Tchaikovsky's Symphony VI (aka "Pathetique", aka "Suicide Symphony") a suicide note or did he die of cholera as was the Official Word? You decide after this intweeging lesson with Rice University's Michael Webster!

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Election music!

Posted on · Election day was yesterday. Results are still trickling in from some polling locations, and run-off elections are in motion. Candidate yard signs are everywhere. The news is chock full o' who won what office and who lost. It all makes me wonder: What would Beethoven do? Or Mozart? Or Tchaikovsky? What does classical music have to say about poltics? As it turns out, a lot. Check out these resources to find out more!

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Classical Classroom, Episode 27: The Miseducation of Dacia Clay – midterm exam!

Posted on · 1, 2...1, 2 this is just a test... A classical music test! In this episode, Professor St. John Flynn gives Dacia an oral examination of terms she's (supposedly) learned in the last 26 episodes of Classical Classroom. Has she learned anything?? It's nail-biter!

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Classical Classroom, Episode 26: Ragging on Chopin with Richard Dowling

Posted on · How ragtime killed the classical star! Concert pianist and entrepreneur, Richard Dowling illuminates some of Chopin's pieces by "ragging" them on the piano. It's a lesson in classical music and ragtime all rolled up in one, topped with live performances, and served with a side of fries.

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Classical Classroom, Episode 25(!): Leonard Bernstein, Glenn Gould, Aaron Copland, and Igor Stravinsky – a creepy roundtable

Posted on · Leonard Bernstein, Glenn Gould, Aaron Copland, and Igor Stravinsky join us - from the Afterlife! - for this special Halloween edition of the Classical Classroom. Learn about these giants of classical music in a way never before possible, in this roundtable discussion.

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Spoooky Classical Music!

Posted on · Happy Halloweeeeen everyone! Here at Classical Classroom, we really get in to the holidays. We just love this time of year. Mostly because it is no longer 100 degrees outside and we can wear long sleeves again. But also because everybody gets so festive. It's so awesome to see everyone get into the spirit of things that it makes us want to listen to music! I found some great articles about spooky classical music for Halloween that will help you get your creep on. Check it out!

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Classical Classroom, Episode 24: You do what for a living?! Chamber music with WindSync wind quintet

Posted on · Chamber music, performing live as a group, and how movement informs music! In this episode, WindSync wind quintet talk about all of those things and about life as a touring group. Hotel rooms are trashed (okay, not really)! Miley Cyrus is discussed (very probably)! WindSync gets schooled by tango (definitely)!

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Classical Classroom Research Presentation: The mysterious mystery of Mozart’s death

Posted on · Mozart's death is still so mysterious over two centuries later, that we couldn't help but do a Research Presentation about it. In this short, Dacia explores why his death is an unsolved mystery, and why we're still so fascinated by it. Intweeged? Hit play to find out more!

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Classical Classroom, Episode 23: Bach’s materials – the world inside an Invention with Kurt Stallmann

Posted on · Bach's Invention No. 1 contains an entire universe of music as we learn in this episode with Kurt Stallmann, Associate Professor of Music at Rice University's Shepherd School of Music.  It gets metaphysical up in here, you guys.

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Classical Classroom, Episode 22: Classical music is hilarious! With Ira J. Black

Posted on · Classical music is seriously funny. Iconoclast Emeritus, professor, and former classical announcer Ira J. Black talks all about just how funny serious classical music can be. There are surprises, Dudley Moore, and um...more in our most hilarious episode yet.

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Classical Classroom, Episode 21: Joel Luks on the fierce and foxy flute

Posted on · All about the flute!! Joel Luks, CultureMap Houston editorial staffer and columnist, and classically trained flutist, teaches all about the history and surprising range of the dainty, lovely, badass, whale-sound-making, beatboxing flute. He takes us from "Carmen" to Mario Brothers (and a few other places in between).

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Fan Ideas!

Posted on · Here's a letter from Joanie in Lakewood, Ohio: Hi Dacia, A possible future program might be an interview with a Mozart-Lover. I've heard that Mozart's works were often understood by him complete in his head all-at-once and that he hurried to write them down, no corrections. Wow. Also Baroque music, some say, seems to put your head together in an orderly way. Why? Is this mathematical? Physiological? Might be a great show.   Thanks for your podcasts, Dacia. (Are you listening to any classical music now that you have interviewed all the experts? Or is it still Rock music all the way?!!!!)   Joanie

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Classical Classroom, Episode 20: Pt 2 of 2! Nixon in China & John Adams & minimalist opera (oh my!) with Michael Remson

Posted on · Hear the second part of our conversation with composer, author, educator, and Executive Director of the American Festival for the Arts, Dr. Michael Remson, about John Adams' minimalist opera, Nixon in China! In this episode: Act 2, wherein we meet the ladies. You don't want to miss Mme. Mao yelling, opera-style.