11:04am Nov 17, 2017Arts Arts Music & Culture
What if you took a long, metal string, stretched it out taut, and then plucked it with a feather quill? Admittedly, just one string pluck has a puny sound compared with the modern-day piano.
10:56am Nov 17, 2017Arts Arts Music & Culture
These days, if you have a tough time falling asleep, you might grab yourself a melatonin, turn in early and hope for the best.
10:26am Nov 17, 2017Arts Arts Music & Culture
Brahms was composing in the late 19th century, but he worshipped music of the past. In this episode, Peter shows us how Bach, Mozart, and Beethoven all find their way into Brahms' music.
10:19am Nov 17, 2017Arts Arts Music & Culture
Peter sings without singing with a little help from Felix Mendelssohn. His Songs Without Words was conceived as a song with a singer, yet it has no words.
9:59am Nov 17, 2017Arts Arts Music & Culture
Peter pays tribute to wonderful late 19th century American composers, some of whom were once considered among the best in the world.
12:54pm Nov 16, 2017
The Romantic Era in music--basically the 19th century--was much more deeply influenced and inspired by literature than love.
12:19pm Nov 16, 2017Arts Arts Music & Culture
Claude Debussy's music continues to be described as "impressionistic", even though the composer himself hated the term. Debussy just wanted to be known as a French composer.
12:09pm Nov 16, 2017Arts Arts Music & Culture
Johann Sebastian Bach was one of the greatest composers in all of music history, but what exactly made him so great?
11:46am Nov 16, 2017Arts Arts Music & Culture
In this episode, Peter demonstrates what makes Beethoven such a giant in the world of classical music.
10:25am Nov 16, 2017Arts Arts Music & Culture
Composer Béla Bartók was the father of ethnomusicology, scouring the villages of Eastern Europe for folk songs.