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about Music

about Music: the Art of listening.

Music is supposed to stir the emotions, and if we are hearing it, but it is not moving us in any way, surely that’s inexcusable?

Over a series of chats with musical examples, I would like to introduce you to a different way of listening to music, by exploring how it creates the emotions that it is supposed to in the listener.

I would enjoy being your guide to a deeper listening experience.
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41 Episodes
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Programme 41: about Music- The Art of Listening: Musical Fingerprints Part 6

In the next programme in the series, we are looking at Musical Fingerprints Part 6. What are these? These are the unique characteristics of individual composers, instruments, periods of music, musical styles and specific compositional types that an observant listener will immediately identify. In today’s programme I am going to…
13 Feb 1 hour

Programme 40: about Music: The Art of Listening: Musical Fingerprints – Part 5

In the next programme in the series, we are looking at Musical Fingerprints Part 5. What are these? These are the unique characteristics of individual composers, instruments, periods of music, musical styles and specific compositional types that an observant listener will immediately identify. Today we look at Keyboard music of…
7 Feb 1 hour

Programme 39: about Music: The Art of Listening: Musical Fingerprints – Part 4

about Music- The Art of Listening: Musical Fingerprints Part 4 In the next programme in the series, we are looking at Musical Fingerprints Part 4. What are these? These are the unique characteristics of individual composers, instruments, periods of music, musical styles and specific compositional types that an observant listener…
31 Jan 59 min

Programme 38: about Music- The Art of Listening: Musical Fingerprints Part 3

In the next programme in the series, we are looking at Musical Fingerprints Part 3. What are these? These are the unique characteristics of individual composers, periods of music, musical styles and specific compositional types that an observant listener will immediately identify. Today we look at four Sonatas for Violin…
24 Jan 59 min

Programme 37: about Music- The Art of Listening: Musical Fingerprints Part 2

In the next programme in the “about Music” series, we are looking at Musical Fingerprints Part 2, following on from Part 1 of last September. What are these? These are the unique characteristics of individual composers, periods of music, musical styles and specific compositional types, that an observant listener will…
17 Jan 59 min

“about Music”, The Art of Listening Programme 36

And so we enter the New Year 2024 and my wish for each one of you is “Happy New Year, and let it be your best one yet!” Our gentle start to our New Year’s listening is with well-known pieces by Dvorak, Bizet, Rachmaninov, Faure, Brahms, Mozart, Wagner and Elgar.
1 Jan 59 min

“about Music“ The Art of Listening. Programme 35

In this programme, I present some well-known music which is both inspirational and motivational, so that we can individually meditate about how our 2023 year has been. The music is by Aaron Copeland, Carl Orff, Gustav Holst, Jules Massenet, Samuel Barber, Stanley Myers, Giuseppe Verdi, Johann Strauss, and Joey Tempest
28 Dec 2023 59 min

Programme 34, The Sacred and Christmas music of John Rutter

The programme this week is the Christmas and Sacred music of John Rutter. There are original compositions and a selection of well-known carols in exquisite arrangements. Please feel free to join me and allow the music to stir the emotions in you in the spirit of the Christmas season!
20 Dec 2023 59 min

Music links for Programme 33: about Music: Breathing in music - Cadences

In the next programme in the series “about Music”, we are going to look at how music breathes – cadences as an essential ingredient in our listening experience. I have lots of musical examples to demonstrate these. AND THEN, be prepared to let your ears tell you stories you have…
13 Dec 2023 59 min

Programme 32: about Music: Melody and Phrases Part 4

In the next programme in the series “about Music”, we are going continue in our investigation of melody, also casually referred to as “tunes”. We go further with Phrases and Phrasing, which refers to the grouping of notes within a melody. The new information for this episode is information about…
6 Dec 2023 59 min

Programme 31. Modulation as a key to Emotional Content

This evening we look at two seasonal works, with the specific intention of understanding how the construction of the music is carefully crafted to produce the desired emotional content. You will love these, and I feel you cannot fail to be as moved as I always am. And then Chopin’s…
29 Nov 2023 59 min

“about Music” - programme 30

In the 30th programme in the series “about Music” today, we are going to look at melody, also casually referred to as “tunes”. Then we go further with Phrases and Phrasing, which refers to the grouping of notes within a melody. We explore in depth the set of Variations from…
23 Nov 2023 59 min

about Music – The Art of Listening. Programme 28 – The Second Movement

Today we fill in the movement we haven’t spoken about yet; the second movement. This is usually the “Slow” movement. But what exactly does “Slow Movement” mean? Please join me and together we will find out. Two full length works, and one slow movement, all by Mozart, in today’s programme!
7 Nov 2023 59 min

about Music – The Art of Listening. Programme 26

Today we are looking at third movements of large works in compound Ternary form, so today we have music by Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert, Brahms, and Prokofiev. We can dance a few Minuets, a Gavotte and a Musette, and also share in a joke or two. Please join me!
25 Oct 2023 59 min

about Music – The Art of Listening. Programme 24

More music by Mozart today. Please join me today and discover what Mozart’s Concertos, Sonatas, String Quartets, Symphonies and Operas have in common, apart from their composer! I have selected 6 first movements from the above works to illustrate what they have in common.
11 Oct 2023 59 min

about Music – The Art of Listening. Programme 23

Two A major Concerto’s by Mozart today. Mozart’s Concertos for Piano and for Clarinet, are both in A major. This is one of Mozart’s “happy keys”, along with E flat major and C major. In the context of the Doctrine of the Affections, each musical key was believed to have…
2 Oct 2023 1 hr 05 min

about Music – The Art of Listening. Programme 22

So, let us imagine that you are listening to a piece of music, but you cannot place it. What is its name? We starting looking at musical fingerprints in this episode, things that can help us find out what that piece of music is.
27 Sep 2023 1 hour
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