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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!  

May 31, 2018

This week, we explore one of the pillars of the cello repertoire, the melancholic and profoundly emotional Elgar Cello Concerto.  We'll take a look at its unusual and symphonic structure, its balancing of modernism and conservatism, its incredible outpouring of emotion, and the association of the concerto with just one...


May 24, 2018

This week, we're honoring the birthday of the legendary composer Richard Wagner by talking about why I don't like his music very much!  I welcome in the great conductor Rafael Payare(who loves Wagner) to discuss the issues with Wagner's music, from its length, scope, and visceral quality, to its troubling...


May 17, 2018

This week, we take a look at one of the most remarkable figures of the 20th century, and someone you've probably never heard of: Florence Price, the first African American woman to have a piece performed by a major symphonic orchestra.  We'll be discussing that piece, the Symphony in E Minor, and also a lot more,...


May 10, 2018

This week on Sticky Notes, we explore Shostakovich's most cinematic and controversial symphony, based on the failed Russian Revolution of 1905.  Or so we think.  Its also possible that the piece is based on the failed Hungarian Revolution of 1956.  We'll explore all the theories behind that as well as the incredible...


May 3, 2018

The Four Seasons, Eine Kleine Nachtmusik, Tchaikovsky's 5th Symphony, Rachmaninoff's 2nd Piano Concerto, West Side Story, Beethoven's 9th - all pieces that are guaranteed crowd pleasers.  They solve budgetary problems, they fill the hall, and they make people happy.  So why then do a lot of musicians, critics, and some...