Learning to Listen
with Emily Reese

About the Program

On Classical Minnesota Public Radio, we play music from the medieval to the modern. Our Learning to Listen series aims to help you understand what you are hearing, and when it might have been written. Hosted by Emily Reese.

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Recent Episodes

  • state fair streetcar arch gate entryLearning to Listen: Music for the State Fair
    Aside from a handful of unpreventable interruptions, like the Civil War and a polio outbreak, Minnesotans have traveled to the State Fair since 1859. On today's Learning to Listen, hear music inspired by the Great Minnesota Get-Together.August 25, 2014
  • composer Robert KyrDiscover cantatas on this week's Learning to Listen
    On this week's Learning to Listen, discover what a cantata is, and hear a new cantata by American composer Robert Kyr.August 18, 2014
  • haydn playing quartetsLearning to Listen: the sound of the Classical Era
    The music is refined yet accessible. The melody is clear, typically played by the violin. The music is constructed with clean, coherent phrases - components of clarity, like sentences in a paragraph.August 11, 2014
  • J.S. BachLearning to Listen to Baroque Music
    Music from the Baroque is hands down my favorite era — there are so many delights and surprises, and we'll get to hear many of those. Today, you'll discover what music often sounded like in the Baroque era, and you'll hear many 'dead giveaways' in the concepts of Baroque music.August 4, 2014
  • pianist richard goodeLearning to Listen: Richard Goode and Beethoven's Piano Sonata No. 31
    Pianist Richard Goode returns to Learning to Listen to discuss Beethoven's Piano Sonata No. 31, Op. 110.July 28, 2014