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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!  

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...


Aug 8, 2019

Schumann's Symphony No. 2 expresses a journey of redemption like perhaps no other symphony. It begins in the depths of Schumann's physical and mental breakdown of 1842, and ends in grateful thanks for his recovery. Whatever tragedies Schumann experienced later, this piece is a marker of a happier time, though it...


Aug 1, 2019

From the ruins of the Holyrood Chapel in Scotland, Mendelssohn found his inspiration for an epic symphony. This week, we'll explore this beautiful piece, discussing its genesis, Mendelssohn's journey through Scotland, and the unusual structure of the work. We'll also spend a lot of time discussing interpretation,...


Jul 25, 2019

This week we explore one of the most popular, and most misunderstood, pieces of the 20th century. Barber's Adagio has been called "The Saddest Music Ever Written," and yet sadness was never Barber's intention in writing the piece. It also might surprise you to find out that the Barber Adagio was originally a part of a...


Jul 18, 2019

Since its first appearances in the early 1900s, atonal music has been one of the most polarizing topics in the classical music world. Some people believed that atonal music was the only way forward, while some thought that it would ruin music for good. Today, we're going to explore the roots of atonal music and...