Music and emotion through time

In the TedEd video, “Music and emotion through time,” Michael Tilson Thomas — acclaimed music director of the San Francisco Symphony — provides a vast and informative overview of the development of classical music.

Watch the video below and see the entire lesson on TedEd’s website.


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On The Air This Week

Highlights from July 26 to Aug. 2

Tuesday, 1 p.m. Performance Today.
Wednesday, 7:30 a.m. & 5:15 p.m. New Classical Tracks with Julie Amacher.
1 p.m. Performance Today.
12 midnight Euro Classics: London Symphony Orchestra/Tomas Hanus, conductor; Brahms: Academic Festival Overture, Op. 80 — recorded at the Stadtcasino in Basel, Switzerland.
Thursday, 1 p.m. Performance Today.
3 p.m. Regional Spotlight: Morgenstern Trio.
7 p.m. Minnesota Orchestra in Cuba (rebroadcast); Osmo Vänskä, conductor; recorded at the Teatro Nacional de Cuba in Havana.
Friday, 1 p.m. Performance Today.
3 p.m. Friday Favorites with Steve Staruch.
Saturday, 9 a.m., New Classical Tracks with Julie Amacher.
10 a.m. Saturday Cinema with Lynne Warfel.
5 p.m. A Prairie Home Companion: Rebroadcast from Oct. 21, 2000; recorded at the Fitzgerald Theater.
8 p.m. Euro Classics: Lausanne Chamber Orchestra/Ton Koopman, conductor; Haydn: Sinfonia Concertante in Bb — recorded at the Salle Métropole in Lausanne, Switzerland.
Sunday, 6 a.m. Pipedreams: In Many Moods.
12 noon From the Top.
1 p.m. SymphonyCast: First night of the 2016 BBC Proms; BBC Symphony Orchestra, BBC Symphony Chorus, BBC National Chorus of Wales/Sakari Oramo, conductor; Sol Gabetta, cello; Olga Borodina, mezzo-soprano.
8 p.m. Sunday Night Cantata, Choral Stream.
Monday, 1 p.m. Performance Today.
Tuesday,1 p.m. Performance Today.

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Sounds of Blackness partners with High School for Recording Arts

Earlier this year, Grammy Award-winning ensemble Sounds of Blackness collaborated with students from St. Paul’s High School for the Recording Arts (HSRA) on “Royalty” — a positive, anthemic song for Black youth.

“So often the terms and phrases applied to African American youth are negative: at risk, inner city, thug, gangster,” Sounds of Blackness music director Gary Hines tells the Twin Cities Daily Planet. “They’re not the descendants of slaves, they’re the descendants of royalty —it’s such a radical notion to so many.”

David “T.C.” Ellis (founder of the HSRA) went to school with Prince, and even collaborated with the artist and the New Power Generation. He wants to continue some of the things that Prince did for music, education, and youth. “He was a friend of mine and was a lot of the inspiration for me to do what I’m doing now,” Ellis says.

Hines says, “One young lady, not one of the singers, saw the video and said, ‘Until I heard this song, I didn’t know I could be royalty. I thought you had to have blond hair and blue eyes. Nobody has ever called me that before … We’re using ‘Royalty’ for the positive image of the young person so they can have a different perspective. We’re saying you are special, you do deserve that and, given the resources you need, you can be successful.”

The “Royalty” single is available on iTunes, and you can see the video below — directed by Dario Otero and produced by Gary Hines.

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On The Air This Week

Highlights from July 19 to 26

Tuesday, 1 p.m. Performance Today.
Wednesday, 7:30 a.m. & 5:15 p.m. New Classical Tracks with Julie Amacher.
1 p.m. Performance Today.
12 midnight Euro Classics: Danish National Symphony Orchestra/Jukka-Pekka Saraste, conductor; Sibelius: Symphony No. 5 in Eb, Op. 82 — recorded at the Danish Radio Concert House, Copenhagen.
Thursday, 1 p.m. Performance Today.
3 p.m. Regional Spotlight: Minnesota Bach Ensemble.
7 p.m. Minnesota Beethoven Festival (rebroadcast), violinist Joshua Bell, pianist Alessio Bax.
Friday, 1 p.m. Performance Today.
3 p.m. Friday Favorites with Steve Staruch.
Saturday, 9 a.m., New Classical Tracks with Julie Amacher.
10 a.m. Saturday Cinema with Lynne Warfel.
5 p.m. A Prairie Home Companion: Rebroadcast from Oct. 9, 1999; recorded at the Fitzgerald Theater.
7:30 p.m. Live Broadcast: Minnesota Orchestra Sommerfest Concert, Opera Finale: Verdi’s Otello; Minnesota Orchestra/Andrew Litton, conductor; Minnesota Boychoir; Minnesota Chorale.
Sunday, 6 a.m. Pipedreams: What’s New Two?.
12 noon From the Top.
1 p.m. SymphonyCast: Houston Symphony/Andres Orozco-Estrada, conductor; Andrew Watts, piano.
8 p.m. Sunday Night Cantata, Choral Stream.
Monday, 1 p.m. Performance Today.
Tuesday,1 p.m. Performance Today.

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Incorporating pop music into school curricula

In a recent article posted on the National Association for Music Education website, music teacher Matt Warren notes some of the benefits of incorporating pop music composition into school music curricula.

“We want to prepare students for the musical world in which they are living and popular music is the large majority of students’ musical vernacular,” Warren says. “Composing with popular music allows students to go beyond passive listening through ear buds and become more expressive. Using popular music as a starting point is in many ways an easier transition to teaching students this skill of composing.”

He also points out the advantages of ‘composing in the cloud’. For the students, this means they aren’t tied to the school music lab to do their work. But it’s convenient for teachers as well. Warren uses a cloud-based service called Soundation:

“With Soundation, I can log in to each of my students’ accounts and see, hear, or even edit a student composition remotely, leaving notes for them in real-time. This allows me the opportunity to help students from a different building but there are other advantages, as well; while most of my students don’t have MIDI capabilities outside of class, they can still edit and create using the software tools in their study hall or at home to refine their projects.”

Read the entire article on the NAfME website.

Composer Corner: Copland

July’s composer of the month is Aaron Copland.

 

Born: November 14, 1900

Died: December 2, 1990

 

Five facts:

• Copland’s first piano teacher was his older sister, Laurine.
• When the composer was 11 years old, he wrote his first melody — seven bars of an opera called Zenatello.
• He was awarded the 1945 Pulitzer Prize for his ballet, Appalachian Spring.
• Copland was also a respected film composer, scoring titles such as The Red Pony, Of Mice and Men, and The Heiress (which earned him the 1950 Academy Award for Best Music).
• In 1921, Copland sailed to France and studied with renowned composition teacher, Nadia Boulanger. He was initially skeptical of studying with a woman, but over time he developed a tremendous amount of respect for her, calling her an “intellectual Amazon” and describing his introduction to Boulanger as “the most important musical event of his life.”

 

Three important works:

• Rodeo (1942)
• Fanfare of the Common Man (1942)
• Appalachian Spring (1944)

 

Audio Backpack playlist: Aaron Copland

On The Air This Week

Highlights from July 12 to 19

Tuesday, 8:45 a.m. Mill City Summer Opera’s cast of Sweeney Todd, the Demon Barber of Fleet Street join John Birge for performance and conversation.
1 p.m. Performance Today.
Wednesday, 7:30 a.m. & 5:15 p.m. New Classical Tracks with Julie Amacher.
1 p.m. Performance Today.
12 midnight Euro Classics: Fauré Quartet; Mahler: Piano Quartet in A Minor — recorded at the Octogone Theatre in Pully, Switzerland.
Thursday, 1 p.m. Performance Today.
3 p.m. Regional Spotlight: Sybarite 5.
Friday, 7:15 a.m. Moveable Feast with John Birge and Minnesota Monthly‘s Rachel Hutton.
1 p.m. Performance Today.
3 p.m. Friday Favorites with Steve Staruch.
Saturday, 9 a.m., New Classical Tracks with Julie Amacher.
10 a.m. Saturday Cinema with Lynne Warfel.
5 p.m. A Prairie Home Companion: Rebroadcast from Oct. 18, 1997; recorded at the Fitzgerald Theater.
8 p.m. Live Broadcast: Minnesota Orchestra Sommerfest Concert; Minnesota Orchestra/Andrew Litton, conductor; Nicola Benedetti, violin; Leonard Elsenbroich, cello.
Sunday, 6 a.m. Pipedreams: What’s New?.
12 noon From the Top.
1 p.m. SymphonyCast: Los Angeles Philharmonic/Gustavo Dudamel, conductor; Leif Ove Andsnes, piano.
8 p.m. Sunday Night Cantata, Choral Stream.
Monday, 1 p.m. Performance Today.
Tuesday,1 p.m. Performance Today.

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On The Air This Week

Highlights from July 5 to July 11

Tuesday, 1 p.m. Performance Today.
7:30 p.m. MN Beethoven Festival live broadcast hosted by Julie Amacher, featuring violinist Joshua Bell and pianist Alessio Bax.
Wednesday, 7:30 a.m. & 5:15 p.m. New Classical Tracks with Julie Amacher, featuring Cypress String Quartet’s two-CD set of Beethoven’s early string quartets, Op. 18.
1 p.m. Performance Today.
12 midnight Euro Classics: Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra/Tomas Brauner, conductor; Suk: Fairy Tale, Op. 16 — recorded at Dvorak Hall, Rudolfinum, Prague.
Thursday, 1 p.m. Performance Today.
3 p.m. Regional Spotlight: Brasil Guitar Duo.
Friday, 7:15 a.m. Moveable Feast with John Birge and Minnesota Monthly‘s Rachel Hutton.
1 p.m. Performance Today.
3 p.m. Friday Favorites with Steve Staruch.
Saturday, 9 a.m., New Classical Tracks with Julie Amacher.
10 a.m. Saturday Cinema with Lynne Warfel.
8 p.m. Euro Classics: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra Soloists; Ravel Sonatine (arr. Salzedo) — recorded at the Chamber Music Hall, Philharmonie, Berlin.
Sunday, 6 a.m. Pipedreams: Celebrating Bach.
12 noon From the Top.
1 p.m. SymphonyCast: Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra; Edo de Waart, conductor; Kelly O’Connor, mezzo-soprano.
8 p.m. Sunday Night Cantata, Choral Stream.
Monday, 1 p.m. Performance Today.
Tuesday, 1 p.m. Performance Today.

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