Classical music can be intimidating to newcomers and frequent concertgoers alike. Attention to Detail introduces practical techniques for finding meaning, enjoyment, and confidence in the process of listening to classical music that everyone can use, regardless of background.
Opera Sparknotes: Salome, Part 2
We continue our breakdown of Strauss's striking masterwork Salome, looking at the second part of the opera, including the Dance of the Seven Veils and the famous (or infamous!) final scene!
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Opera Sparknotes: Salome, Part 1
On this episode, we break down the first half of Richard Strauss' groundbreaking and controversial Salome, an opera premiered in 1905. Based on a play by Oscar Wilde, Salome is one of the first works of musical modernism, paving the way for much of the music of the 20th century. Just like actual SparkNotes, we highlight all the key musical and narrative moments, to provide framework of understanding that helps when listening to the entire opera!
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Top 10: John Williams Edition
On this episode, we look at the incredible film composer John Williams, ranking our favorite pieces from his body of work. We are joined by Josh Joyce, brother of Jacob, to break down all of the music from Star Wars, Harry Potter, and much more!
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A Hundred Episodes: A Musical Celebration
In celebration of 100 episodes of the podcast, we fashioned a fun musical quiz designed to test our hosts' and audience's knowledge of classical music! Jacob tries to identify pieces from ClassicalFM's Top 100 Pieces, and Hannah answers Jacob's questions that use pieces as clues. We hope you will play along, and remember to celebrate with us by rating, reviewing, and subscribing!
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What to Expect in a Symphony: Fourth Movements
We conclude our series on what to expect from symphonic movements with finales! We look at the history of last movements, spanning from Mozart to Mahler, and listen to some epic finishes.
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What to Expect in a Symphony: Third Movements
On this third episode in our mini-series on what to expect in standard symphonic movements, we supplement our breakdown of third movements with a fun game: Minuet or Scherzo?
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Fun podcast, one of my favorites, though I’ve just started listening and need to catch up on some older episodes. Also, no way to prove it, but I did in fact get 7/7 on the Mozart, Haydn or other quiz.
Anyway, if you like classical music, or music podcasts generally, give this one a try.
Whether you are listening to classical music for the first time or have had previous romance with it, this is a great podcast to show your around the hundreds of years of classical music in human history.
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Far too much meandering discussion, and gets way down into the weeds. Need many more musical examples to ground the discussion in actual music.