12:04pm Jul 06, 2018Arts 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.
1:35pm Jan 12, 2018Arts Arts Music & Culture
We often hear the musical term "Theme and Variations", but what exactly does it mean?
1:32pm Jan 05, 2018Arts Arts Music & Culture
In this episode, Peter reveals the best of the Baroque, including ornamentation, polyphony, and the father of the mighty piano: the harpsichord.
1:29pm Dec 29, 2017Arts Arts Music & Culture
Peter goes "Big Picture" with an exploration of just about every composer's most important building block: musical form.
12:50pm Dec 22, 2017Arts Arts Music & Culture
It don't mean a thing if it ain't got that ... dynamic variation. In this episode, Peter explains the importance of loud, soft--and everything in between--in Classical music.
12:39pm Dec 15, 2017Arts Arts Music & Culture
Peter Kairoff reveals the expressive tenderness of late 19th century American composer Edward MacDowell.
12:35pm Dec 08, 2017Arts Arts Music & Culture
Franz Schubert composed music in nearly every genre imaginable--symphonies, chamber music, operas, piano pieces--and yet each piece was infused with his favorite: lieder--songs.
12:31pm Dec 01, 2017Arts Arts Music & Culture
Robert Schumann was a compulsive, Romantic composer in love with love, and he embodied the spirit of the early 19th century.
12:27pm Nov 24, 2017Arts Arts Music & Culture
Polish composer Frédéric Chopin was a musical experimenter who continually pushed the envelope pianistically.
12:05pm Nov 17, 2017Arts Arts Music & Culture
Peter explores the life and music of Domenico Scarlatti. He was born in 1685, the same year as Johann Sebastian Bach and George Frideric Handel.