By Horrible Requiem
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We love stories, and we love music. We're also keenly aware that classical music has a well-deserved reputation for being boring and unapproachable. Is it possible that sharing the true, unbelievable stories behind some of the world's most famous classical works (and non-classical, down the road), will be the first step towards repairing that reputation? We've set out to give it a try. We dive into the narrative behind works like The Barber of Seville and Beethoven's Ninth to uncover little-known historical facts that you won't find in a text book or hear in a lecture. In short, we tell fascinating stories. They happen to be about classical music. We want our listeners to arrive curious, remain riveted, and leave informed. We want them to be the most interesting people out there. And we want to inspire a renewed interest in classical music.
||Clean7-National Treasure: Pioneering American Composers||Here we look at snippets of American composers. This might remind you of “This American Life,” if you’ve ever listened to that. Each story, while able to stand on its own, combines with the other pieces to paint the larger picture of...||12/13/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean6-Czech, Please!||Join us for Part 1 of our 2-part series on Antonin Dvorak. Between the two, we’ll cover his two most important works written on our side of the pond, the cultural ramifications, and his lasting legacy on American music.||11/19/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean5-Ghosts of Hiroshima||Here we dive into one of Japan's most iconic 20th century works, Masao Ohki's "Hiroshima Symphony." The United States ended WWII by dropping the world's first Atomic Bombs on the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki on August 6 and August 9,...||11/5/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean4-Dancing Bones and Xylophones||Join us as we explore the devilish imagery in the Danse Macabre and the dark history that gave birth to such a grotesque myth. Actually, the music itself is fun and playful. The history? Not so much.||10/19/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean3-Muddle Instead of Music||Join us as we take a look at the musical wasteland that was Stalin’s Soviet Russia, and how censorship affected the composers and musicians during this time, particularly Shostakovich from the year 1936-1937.||10/5/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean2-Brought to You by Satan||On his deathbed, Guiseppe Tartini revealed the "devilish" inspiration behind his famous Sonata in G minor. Paganini, on the other hand, refused his last rites---then remained unburied for 36 years. What secrets do these famous musicians have in...||9/21/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean1-Backstabber of Seville||True stories behind the music and its musicians||9/7/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
Very interesting and keeps your attention. Looking forward to learning more.
I loved the opening musical theme! The facts behind the music and composers were intriguing .
Awesome approach to Classical Music
Great story with creative punch.