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Sticky Notes is a classical music podcast for everyone, whether you are just getting interested in classical music for the first time, or if you've been listening to it and loving it all your life. Interviews with great artists, in depth looks at pieces in the repertoire, and both basic and deep dives into every era of music. Classical music is absolutely for everyone, so let's start listening!

Sticky Notes: The Classical Music Podcast Joshua Weilerstein

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Sticky Notes is a classical music podcast for everyone, whether you are just getting interested in classical music for the first time, or if you've been listening to it and loving it all your life. Interviews with great artists, in depth looks at pieces in the repertoire, and both basic and deep dives into every era of music. Classical music is absolutely for everyone, so let's start listening!

    Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 6, (Part 2)

    Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 6, (Part 2)

    It's at the end of the second movement of this symphony that it truly leaves convention, if it was ever there in the first place! Traditionally the 3rd movement of a symphony would either be a slow movement or a fast scherzo, and then the last movement is meant to be a rousing finale sending the audience home thrilled. Tchaikovsky writes a real scherzo, but then follows it with a slow movement of immense tragedy. We'll talk about these innovations, the theories surrounding Tchaikovsky's death, and more!

    • 39 min
    Season 6 Premiere: Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 6, Part 1

    Season 6 Premiere: Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 6, Part 1

    A bit of a preamble is necessary here: devotees of the podcast will know that I’ve already done an episode on Tchaikovsky 6. Looking back though, I realized that a short episode was just not nearly enough to go through all of the details behind this controversial and hotly debated piece. So, I decided to open the season with a real 2 part exploration of the work, because it remains such an unusual landmark in the symphonic landscape. This week we take a look at the first two movements of the symphony.

    • 45 min
    What Does a Conductor Really Do? (Re-Broadcast)

    What Does a Conductor Really Do? (Re-Broadcast)

    One more week until Season 6! For now, let's look back at one more episode. People are often fascinated when I tell them what I do for a living. When it comes down to it, I always seem to get some kind of variation of the same question: "What does a conductor really do?" This week is all about answering this question, from the basic level, to the 30,000 feet level, all the way to the cosmic. Next week will be the debut of Season 6 - thanks for waiting and I can't wait to share it with you!

    • 47 min
    Tchaikovsky, The Nutcracker (Re-Broadcast)

    Tchaikovsky, The Nutcracker (Re-Broadcast)

    What is there to say about this ubiquitous holiday classic? Quite a lot, actually! This week's show will delve into the complicated process that brought the ballet to life, the not so successful premiere, and the brilliant and characteristic music that has made it such an enduring classic. This is episode is not meant only for adults, but also for parents to listen to with their children, nieces, and nephews, cousins, etc! Happy Holidays!

    • 40 min
    How to Understand and Enjoy Atonal Music(Re-Broadcast)

    How to Understand and Enjoy Atonal Music(Re-Broadcast)

    Since its first appearances in the early 1900s, atonal music has been one of the most polarizing topics in the classical music world. Some people believed that atonal music was the only way forward, while some thought that it would ruin music for good. Today, we're going to explore the roots of atonal music and then look at the 12 tone period and the brilliant music of Schoenberg, Berg, and Webern. If you're not a fan of atonal music, give it a chance this week. Let's open our ears and dive in together!

    • 54 min
    Bach Cello Suites (Re-Broadcast)

    Bach Cello Suites (Re-Broadcast)

    The Bach Cello Suites represent the apex of the path of every cellist. On this show, previously aired January 3, 2019, we go through the history of the Suites, including their disappearance, rediscovery, and now ubiquity. We'll then look at one movement from each of the Suites, comparing the wildly different approaches that cellists have taken since the first recordings appeared in 1939. You'll also learn what HIP means in the context of classical music. Thanks for listening!

    • 48 min

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