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1. Classical Classroom

Classical Classroom

Classical 91.7 audio librarian, Dacia Clay has a secret: she knows next to nothing about classical music. But she wants to learn! In each episode of the Classical Classroom, classical music pros will give her "homework assignments". You'll learn about everything from bel canto aria to the use of leitmotif in the score to Star Wars. Come learn with us in the Classical Classroom.

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2. Classical Classroom

Classical Classroom

Classical 91.7 audio librarian, Dacia Clay has a secret: she knows next to nothing about classical music. But she wants to learn! In each episode of the Classical Classroom, classical music pros give her "homework assignments." You'll learn about everything from bel canto aria to the use of leitmotif in the score to Star Wars. Come learn with us in the Classical Classroom.

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7. Classical Classroom

  • Published: 2015-10-11T10:54:18Z
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12. Ep 115: Awakening John Williams' "Force" With Brett Mitchell

Ep 115: Awakening John Williams'

This episode is full of spoilers - not just spoilers about The Force Awakens, but about future Star Wars episodes. Okay - they could be future spoilers. Right now, they're just our attempts at trying to find the Easter eggs hidden in John Williams' new score. This may be the nerdiest and most epic episode of Classical Classroom to date. Brett Mitchell, Associate Conductor of the Cleveland Orchestra and Music Director of the Cleveland Orchestra Youth Orchestra, is your guide through the music of the latest Star Wars episode. He teaches about John Williams as a composer and about important tools of the compositional trade, and reveals how this new music is tied to Williams' score for the original films. Mitchell takes no prisoners, and does not care for Ewoks. Prepare for hyperdrive. Music for the episode: - "Ride of the Valkyries." From The Ring Cycle, by Richard Wagner. - Music from the original motion picture scores for -- Star Wars: Episode 1, The Phantom Menace -- Star Wars: Episode 4, A New Hope -- Star Wars: Episode 7, The Force Awakens Audio production by X-Wing pilot Todd "Dameron" Hulslander with lightsaber sounds by Dacia Clay and editing by Mark DiClaudio. Many thanks to Angela "Organa" Mitchell, Randy Davis, and Al Dahlhausen at WCLV for their help with this episode! Like this episode? Check out Classical Classroom, Episode 4: Leitmotif In Star Wars, also featuring Brett Mitchell!

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13. Ep 110: Starting From Scratch - Bryce Dessner, Aron Sanchez, & So Percussion

Ep 110: Starting From Scratch - Bryce Dessner, Aron Sanchez, & So Percussion

Knowing how a piece of classical music came to be is often a bit of a guessing game. What inspired Bach to write the Goldberg Variations, or Beethoven to write his 9th Symphony? Context clues, letters, composers' notes help us put the story together; we fill in the rest with our imaginations and mythology. But no more! In this episode of Classical Classroom, you'll hear the entire story of a piece of modern classical music, Music for Wood and Strings, from commission to performance. Even the instruments on which the piece is played didn't exist before this story began. You'll meet composer Bryce Dessner (The National), instrument maker Aron Sanchez (Buke and Gase), and the members of So Percussion. You'll hear a lot of awesome music. You'll laugh! You'll cry. Your life will be affirmed. But seriously, it's a compelling (and thoroughly American) story about ingenuity, modernist music, and most importantly, joy. Music in this episode: - Music for Wood and Strings. Bryce Dessner. Played by So Percussion. - "Don't Swallow the Cap." The National, from the album Trouble Will Find Me. - "Seam Esteem." Buke and Gase. - So-Called Laws of Nature. David Lang. Played by So Percussion. - Appalachian Grove I. Laurie Spiegel. Audio production by Todd "Tex" Hulslander with giddyups from Dacia Clay and editing by Mark DiClaudio. For more So Percussion: www.sopercussion.com For more Bryce Dessner: www.brycedessner.com For more Aron Sanchez: www.polyphonicworkshop.com Thanks to Emily Motherwell, Stuart Wolferman, Da Camera of Houston, and the people at Brassland for their help with this episode.

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14. Classical Classroom, Episode 61: Motet - Not Lesstet - With Mark Buller

Classical Classroom, Episode 61: Motet - Not Lesstet - With Mark Buller

Take a tour through music history - from chant to present day - through the lens of the motet. What's a "motet", you ask? Is it real, you ask? We are not entirely sure. Composer Mark Buller, whose music has been performed worldwide, and who has been commissioned by organizations like Houston Grand Opera, will be your tour guide. Get on board the great Classroom coaster. We have cupholders and a great soundsystem. Audio production by Todd "Tween" Hulslander with insightful insight from Dacia Clay. Music in this episode: - Adam de la Halle: "Mout me fu grief li departir/Robins m'aime/Portare", Tonus Peregrinus/Anthony Pitts - Philippe de Vitry: "Garrit gallus flendo dolorose/In nova fert animus/Neuma" Sequentia - Palestrina, "Osculetur me osculo oris sui" from Canticum Canticorum, The Hilliard Ensemble - Thomas Tallis, "If ye love me”, The Sixteen/Harry Christophers - JS Bach: Lobet den Herrn, alle Heiden, Monteverdi Choir/John Eliot Gardiner - W.A. Mozart, Ave verum corpus, The Sixteen/Harry Christophers - Richard Strauss: Deutsche Motette, Choir of Gonville & Caius College, Cambridge, Choir of King's College/David Trendell - Morten Lauridsen: O Magnum Mysterium, 1994, Vasari Singers/Jeremy Backhouse - Mark Buller: "O nata lux" from Five Motets, Chamber Choir/John Hudson; Mark Buller, piano For more about Mark Buller, go to www.markbuller.com. For more Classical Classroom, go to www.houstonpublicmedia.org.

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15. Classical Classroom, Episode 83: Nico Muhly Speaks Volumes About Listening To New Classical Music

Classical Classroom, Episode 83: Nico Muhly Speaks Volumes About Listening To New Classical Music

This week, composer Nico Muhly is premiering a brand new work, "How Little You Are," in Austin, Texas. He talks about the classical (or concert)music world's premiering process, and about how and why listening to classical music golden oldies is different than listening to a new work, about the inspiration for his new piece, and of course, about Prince. Music in this episode: - Mozart: Magic Flute. Conducted by John Eliot Gardiner. - Bach: Magnificat. - Stravinsky: Petrouchka. Michael Tilson Thomas conducts the Philharmonia Orchestra. - Joni Mitchell: A Case of You (from Blue) - Prince: A Case of You (from A Tribute to Joni Mitchell) - Nico Muhly: Sensational Calligraphic Scribble / Amor Nos Une / Room Song (from Object Songs) - Philip Glass: Koyaanisqatsi (from Koyaanisqatsi - Life Out of Balance motion picture score) - Nico Muhly: Mothertongue Pt. 1: Archive (from Mothertongue) Audio production by Todd "TIE fighter" Hulslander with lightsaber skills by Dacia Clay. Editing by Mark DiClaudio. For more about Nico Muhly: www.nicomuhly.com For more Classroom: www.houstonpublicmedia.org/classroom For more about Nico's world premiere - happening Saturday, 4/18/15, at Bass Concert Hall at the University of Texas - go here: www.texasperformingarts.org/season/how-little-you-are-nico-muhly-austin.

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16. Classical Classroom, Episode 74: Rebel with a violin - Mozart's violin concertos, Rachel Barton Pine

Classical Classroom, Episode 74: Rebel with a violin - Mozart's violin concertos, Rachel Barton Pine

What makes Mozart's violin concertos so special? Is it that he only wrote 5 of them? That he wrote him when he was a teenager? That they are both beautiful AND hilarious? What is it?? Violinist Rachel Barton Pine returns to the Classroom to spell out why these pieces are so special - generally and personally - that she decided to record all of them. Audio production by Todd "Mr. Titters" Hulslander with that funky monkey, Dacia Clay. All music in this episode is from Rachel Barton Pine's new CD, "Mozart: Complete Violin Concertos, Sinfonia Concertante K364", with Matthew Lipman, Academy of St. Martin in the Fields, and Sir Neville Marriner conducting. (Avie 2317) You can also hear Rachel in episode 43, and in our short, "Rachel Barton Pine Rocks and Bows". For more about Rachel Barton Pine, www.rachelbartonpine.com. For more Classroom, www.houstonpublicmedia.org/classroom.

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17. Classical Classroom, Ep. 168: Third Coast Percussion Plays At 1.21 Gigawatts

Classical Classroom, Ep. 168: Third Coast Percussion Plays At 1.21 Gigawatts

"Percussion is almost anything that we say 'yes' to playing." - Sean Connors Wait. A percussion-only ensemble? Is that, like, a fancy drum circle? Sean Connors of the Grammy-winning percussion quartet Third Coast Percussion explains that this is not too far from the truth. But the operative word is "fancy." As Connors describes it, percussion ensembles are the mad scientists of the music world. Any object in the world is a potential instrument. And when they've run out of objects, they just invent more. (Fun fact: Third Coast sometimes works with actual scientists at the University of Notre Dame where they are ensemble in residence.) Learn all about the crazy world of percussion ensembles and hear some amazing music in this show. Music in this episode: - Mallet Quartet: III (Fast), by Steve Reich, from Third Coast Grammy performance with Ravi Coltrane - Wild Sound, mvt 4, by Glenn Kotche (Arduino and marimba versions) Audio production by Todd "Neil Peart" Hulslander with air drumming by Dacia Clay and video production and assistance by Mark DiClaudio. (To see video of Third Coast Percussion performing in a master class at the Moores School of music, go to www.houstonpublicmedia.org/classroom.)

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18. Classical Classroom, Episode 1: Chris Johnson teaches Vivaldi's Autumn

Classical Classroom, Episode 1: Chris Johnson teaches Vivaldi's Autumn

In this episode, Dacia Clay talks with Chris Johnson about Vivaldi's "Autumn", and rich people having picnics.

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