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Liz Lyon hosts YourClassical Adventures, a presentation of classical music for kids (and their grown-ups), produced by Melanie Renate. Join us as we ask questions that will help families explore classical music together!

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    • Kids & Family
    • 4.7 • 9 Ratings

Liz Lyon hosts YourClassical Adventures, a presentation of classical music for kids (and their grown-ups), produced by Melanie Renate. Join us as we ask questions that will help families explore classical music together!

    Making Something Old, New: Arrangements and Variations

    Making Something Old, New: Arrangements and Variations

    Have you ever seen a piece of clothing or a piece of art that inspired you to try to make your own version? Composers do this regularly with pieces of music. Join host Liz Lyon as we explore variations and arrangements.

    Episode 69 playlist
    Pablo De Sarasate: Carmen Fantasy — Pablo De Sarasate loved operas and would sometimes pick a favorite opera melody and turn it into a piece he could play on his violin. This piece is based on a famous opera, Carmen.LISTEN — Pablo De Sarasate: Carmen Fantasy






    Pablo De Sarasate: Carmen Fantasy



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    Clara Schumann: Variations on a Theme — Famous composer Clara Schumann was married to another famous composer, Robert Schumann. Sometimes she would write her own version of a piece of music that her husband composed. That’s what she did here.LISTEN — Clara Schumann: Variations on a Theme






    Clara Schumann: Variations on a Theme



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    Maurice Ravel: Pictures at an Exhibition — Originally, this piece was written by Modest Mussorgsky for solo piano, but Maurice Ravel rearranged the piece to adapt it for an orchestra. This is a frequently performed variation.LISTEN — Maurice Ravel: Pictures at an Exhibition






    Maurice Ravel: Pictures at an Exhibition



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    • 5 min
    Xuefei Yang

    Xuefei Yang

    When Xuefei Yang was a young girl, she became the first Chinese guitarist to enter an international competition. It was one of many firsts for her as she paved the way for future female guitarists from China.

    Episode 68 playlist
    Xuefei Yang: Romance de Amor — This is a piece off of Xuefei Yang’s debut album.LISTEN — Xuefei Yang: Romance de Amor






    Xuefei Yang: Romance de Amor



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    Xuefei Yang: Shuo Chang — This piece was written by Chinese composer Chen Yi. Although they were famous for writing music for various instruments, this was the first time they composed a piece for the guitar.LISTEN — Xuefei Yang: Shuo Chang






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    Xuefei Yang: Flower Drum — This is from an album released in August 2020 and dedicated to the music of Yang’s home country, China.LISTEN — Xuefei Yang: Flower Drum






    Xuefei Yang: Flower Drum



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    • 5 min
    The Road to The Guitar

    The Road to The Guitar

    The modern guitar is a popular instrument, but did you know there are many different types of guitars? Join host Liz Lyon as we take a trip around the world to listen to the sounds of different guitars throughout history.

    Episode 67 playlist
    Issam Rafea and Gao Hong: From Our World to Yours — This piece showcases the oud, which is a pear-shaped, stringed instrument popular in countries such as Egypt, Syria, Armenia and Turkey.LISTEN — Issam Rafea and Gao Hong: From Our World to Yours






    Issam Rafea and Gao Hong: From Our World to Yours



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    John Dowland: Mrs. Winter’s Jump — The lute was popular in Europe in the 1500 and 1600s. There are different variations of the lute. There are lutes of different sizes and with different numbers of strings.LISTEN — John Dowland: Mrs. Winter’s Jump






    John Dowland: Mrs. Winter's Jump



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    Robert de Visee: La Muzette — The Baroque Guitar was popular in Spain. Everyone, from people in the streets up to King Charles II, was fond of this guitar. You can hear it featured in this piece.LISTEN — Robert de Visee: La Muzette






    Robert de Visee: La Muzette



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    • 5 min
    Celebrations and Bells

    Celebrations and Bells

    The month of December is packed full of different holidays and we all celebrate them in different ways. Music can unite us all in celebration. Bells are a common sound throughout the festive season. Join host, Liz Lyon as we explore music that features different types of bells.

    Episode 66 playlist
    Sonos Handbell Ensemble: Silent Night — The oldest existing hand bells are found in China from 1600 B.C.LISTEN — Sonos Handbell Ensemble: Silent Night






    Sonos Handbell Ensemble: Silent Night



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    Boston Pops Orchestra: Sleigh Ride — Sleigh bells, also known as jingle bells, were originally fastened to horses to warn pedestrians of an approaching sleigh.LISTEN — Boston Pops Orchestra: Sleigh Ride






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    Dale Warland Singers: Carol of The Bells — Originally based on traditional Ukrainian folk chants in celebration of the coming new year. This melody was rearranged for orchestra and new lyrics were written which centered on the theme of bells.LISTEN — Dale Warland Singers: Carol of The Bells






    Dale Warland Singers: Carol of The Bells



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    • 5 min
    Eric Whitacre

    Eric Whitacre

    Composer Eric Whitacre is well known for the choral pieces he writes and their distinctive sound. Join host, Liz Lyon as she explores some of his music in this episode of YourClassical Adventures.

    Episode 65 playlist
    Eric Whitacre: Water Night — One of his earliest works, written in 1995. The text is from Octavio Paz’s poem, “Agua Nocturna”.LISTEN — Eric Whitacre: Water Night






    Eric Whitacre: Water Night



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    Eric Whitacre: Sleep — The setting for this choral composition is a poem by Robert Frost, “Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening”. The theme of the lyrics, sleep, was based on the last stanza of this poem, “And miles to go before I sleep.”LISTEN — Eric Whitacre: Sleep






    Eric Whitacre: Sleep



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    Eric Whitacre: When David Heard — The text for this piece is one single, and sorrowful sentence accompanied by purposeful and dramatic silence.LISTEN — Eric Whitacre: When David Heard






    Eric Whitacre: When David Heard



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    • 4 min
    Melodies

    Melodies

    Where do you find your favorite melodies in classical music? Join Liz Lyon and listen to beautiful melodies in this episode of YourClassical Adventures.

    Episode 64 playlist
    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: 12 Variations of “Ah! Vous Dirai-Je, Maman” — This was originally a French melody. Lyrics were added long after it was composed.LISTEN — Amadeus Mozart: 12 Variations of “Ah! Vous Dirai-Je, Maman”






    Amadeus Mozart: 12 Variations of “Ah! Vous Dirai-Je, Maman”



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    Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky: Sleeping Beauty Waltz — This was written for the ballet Sleeping Beauty and used in the animated version of the story.LISTEN — Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky: Sleeping Beauty Waltz






    Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky: Sleeping Beauty Waltz



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    Howard Shore: Concerning Hobbits — This was written for the film The Lord of the Rings as a melody that would become synonymous with the Hobbits.LISTEN — Howard Shore: Concerning Hobbits






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    Mozart: Queen of the Night Aria — This is not the easiest tune to sing or hum along to, but it’s fun to try and definitely a catchy melody.LISTEN — Mozart: Queen of the Night Aria






    Mozart: Queen of the Night Aria



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Please please please make more classical music stories i love your classic stories I cannot sleep without this podcast my favorite instrument is the piano.i play piano and violin I’m still practicing and really love this podcast!

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Glad this still exists

Many moons ago, one of my favorite thing was tuning into classical kids.... though back then it was filled with episodes like “mr. Beethoven lives upstairs” or “mr. Bach comes to visit”. I’m glad this exists in a new form for kids today

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