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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!

    Beethoven Symphony No. 2

    Beethoven Symphony No. 2

    In 1802, Beethoven wrote the Heiligenstadt Testament, a heartbreaking letter describing his deafness and his resolve to keep going despite thoughts of ending his own life. The piece that is most often associated with the Testament is the 3rd symphony, the Eroica. But the piece that Beethoven was writing DURING his stay at Heiligenstadt is the much less played 2nd symphony, a piece full of joy and irresistible brightness. Why would Beethoven write a piece like this? We'll try to answer that question today.

    • 48 min
    Ten Pieces You've Never Heard By The Biggest Names In Classical Music (Part 2)

    Ten Pieces You've Never Heard By The Biggest Names In Classical Music (Part 2)

    (Part 2 is composers 6-10: Dvorak, Sibelius, Prokofiev, Stravinsky, and Rachmaninoff) 

    I once was talking with a conductor about Beethoven's 8th symphony. He made a comment that stuck with me ever since: "this symphony is Opus 93, but I always want to know what was Opus 94, and we never hear those pieces." There's a lot of truth in that comment. And so I thought that today would be a good opportunity to explore some hidden gems from 10 of the biggest names in Western Classical Music. Let's go exploring

    • 41 min
    10 Pieces You Never Heard By The Biggest Names in Classical Music (Part 1)

    10 Pieces You Never Heard By The Biggest Names in Classical Music (Part 1)

    I once was talking with a conductor about Beethoven's 8th symphony. He made a comment that stuck with me ever since: "this symphony is Opus 93, but I always want to know what was Opus 94, and we never hear those pieces." There's a lot of truth in that comment. And so I thought that today would be a good opportunity to explore some hidden gems from 10 of the biggest names in Western Classical Music. Part 1 this week is composers 1-5 - Beethoven, Mozart, Tchaikovsky, Brahms, and Ravel. Let's go exploring!

    • 42 min
    How to Be A Film Composer, with Christopher Willis

    How to Be A Film Composer, with Christopher Willis

    This week I was joined by the wonderful composer Christopher Willis for a wide ranging and fascinating conversation. Willis, who wrote the music for The Death Of Stalin, Mickey Mouse Shorts, Veep, and the new movie the Personal History of David Copperfield, divulged many secrets about the film composing world in this interview. How is film music different from classical music? What is the process of how film music is created? How does a film composer create an emotional reaction? You'll find out today!

    • 40 min
    Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto No. 3

    Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto No. 3

    Rachmaninoff remains extremely popular as a composer. But at the same time, a kind of condescending attitude continues to linger about Rachmaninoff’s music. People say it sounds like movie music, it's too sentimental, etc. etc. In fact, Rachmaninoff’s music is as well put together and as innovative as any composer of his time, just in a different way. And the third piano concerto is no exception. Today we'll debunk the myth of Rachmaninoff the mediocre composer, with one of his most brilliant works.

    • 55 min
    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

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