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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!  

Jan 31, 2019

On this week's Patreon-sponsored episode, we're looking at Dvorak's beloved cello concerto. We're remarkably lucky to even have this piece, as Dvorak was initially opposed to the idea of writing a cello concerto at all! But once he finished it, none other than Brahms claimed that if he had known that a cello concerto...


Jan 25, 2019

To mark the 100th episode of Sticky Notes(!), I was thrilled to be joined by Joshua Roman, cellist, composer, and curator. The core of our discussion centers on building an orchestra from the ground up. That is, not taking over an existing orchestra, but starting one completely from scratch. How would this look in 2019?...


Jan 17, 2019

There are very few works of art that have had such a profound influence on classical composers than Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet. This week on Sticky Notes we take a look at 5 different settings of the play by Tchaikovsky, Prokofiev, Berlioz, Gounod, and Bernstein. Its no accident that I chose an overture, a ballet, a...


Jan 10, 2019

This week we dive into one of the great Early Romantic symphonies, Schubert's 9th.  Mysteries have shrouded this symphony ever since it was heard for the first time, long after Schubert's death.  Despite, or because of, its radical simplicity and "heavenly length," this symphony remains controversial to this day, with...


Jan 3, 2019

We're kicking off 2019 with a bang with an exploration of the Bach Cello Suites. These pieces represent the apex of the path of every cellist. We'll 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...