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Sticky Notes: The Classical Music Podcast

Hello and welcome to Sticky Notes: The Classical Music Podcast!  This podcast is for anyone who loves classical music, or is just getting ready to dive in for the very first time.  Thanks so much, and I hope you enjoy it!  

Sep 12, 2019

Shostakovich's 5th symphony has always been indelibly associated with politics and Shostakovich's traumatic experiences with Joseph Stalin. But what about the music itself? This week, we'll look at the first two movements of this symphony, including the massive and innovative first, and the sardonic scherzo. This is a...


Sep 5, 2019

Robert Schumann called Beethoven's 4th symphony “a slender Grecian maiden between two Nordic giants.” It's true that the 4th is a much lighter and brighter piece than the 3rd and 5th symphonies that surround it, but its charm, wit, and expressions of pure joy make it one of Beethoven's most enjoyable works, and...


Aug 29, 2019

We're going to take a look at 7 pieces that represent perfect starting points for those interested in beginning their journey with classical music. If you are a regular listener, don't worry - these 7 pieces are all fascinating and enjoyable to learn about for experienced listeners as well! In addition, 5 out of the 7...


Aug 22, 2019

This week we take a look at a symphony that has been called both "sunny and bucolic" and "tragic and full of shadow." What accounts for these differences of opinions about such a beloved symphony? We'll explore all of the emotional ambiguity that runs throughout this symphony, as well as Brahms' remarkable thematic...


Aug 15, 2019

This week we're focusing on the 1950s and the musical cold war between composers of the total serialist school like Boulez, Babbitt, and Carter, and the tonalists like Copland and Bernstein. Caught in the middle of pitched battles over the future were Stravinsky and Messiaen. Every composer had a different way...