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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 26, 2019

The classical music world was rocked this week by the passing of the American composer Christopher Rouse. Rouse was one of the most powerful voices of our time, writing music that combined visceral energy with deep emotional intensity. Chris was also a friend of mine, and as an homage, I wanted to give you a tour of his...


Sep 19, 2019

It can be difficult to separate Shostakovich's 5th from his political situation, but focusing only on the politics can lead us to ignore some of the most searingly powerful music of the 20th century in favor focusing only on the extra-musical forces behind the piece. This week, we'll look at the 3rd and 4th movements...


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...