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Sticky Notes is a classical music podcast for everyone, whether you are just getting interested in classical music for the first time, or if you've been listening to it and loving it all your life. Interviews with great artists, in depth looks at pieces in the repertoire, and both basic and deep dives into every era of music. Classical music is absolutely for everyone, so let's start listening! Note - Seasons 1-5 will be returning over the next year. They have been taken down in order to be ...
 
Rebecca Lane and daughter Zara Lane of Upper Beaches Music School talk to musical performers, conductors, composers, and kids like you to ask them the questions you've always wondered. Classical music is for everyone (especially kids!) and it's interesting and fun when you ask the right questions.
 
Pathways is dedicated to telling the stories of some of our heroes for the french horn. From starting on the instrument, all the way up to the highest levels of our field, we all have one very important thing in common, and that's we all play the horn. What else do we have in common? Listen to find out!
 
Kevin Timothy Austin (b. 1988) is an avid composer with experience in a wide variety of modern compositional processes, favoring blends of genera such as spectralism, minimalism, serialism, aleatory, indeterminacy, jazz, indian classical music and electronic music, with a hint of neoclassicism and indie pop. He enjoys exploring and creating new notation methods and musical forms and maintains a tactile and organic approach to music composition. His music has received world premieres by vario ...
 
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St. James Town Community Arts provides musical opportunities for kids in the community of St. James Town right here in Toronto! In this episode, Rebeca and Zara chat with one of St. James Town’s senior voice students Thaanya. She gave us the ins and outs of online voice lessons (as a student and teacher) and how music will help her in dreams of bec…
 
The Bach Chaconne is one of the great masterpieces of Western Classical Music, and today we're going to be diving straight into this monumental work. We'll talk about the legends behind its composition, the work itself, different interpretations of the piece, and its many many arrangements. As Brahms wrote about the piece: “On one stave, for a smal…
 
The viola is somewhat of an enigma and from a distance can be hard to tell apart from the violin. Daniel Foster explains how composers used the viola over the centuries, what his role as Principal Viola entails, and plays for us some extraordinary parts written for the viola. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.…
 
Things are absolutely wretched in the BEST way on this week’s episode. Liz, Dave, and Matt get down with their bad selves for the most reviled characters and content. Round one will quiz them on the deaths of famous witches throughout pop culture, before round two goes deep on the taglines for winners of the Golden Raspberry Awards (aka the Razzies…
 
To practice or not to practice? This is often the question students and parents ask as the school year comes to an end and summer draws nearer. Should our instruments go on vacation with us? Should they hibernate for an entire season? Will my instrument be upset if I don’t play it for two whole months? Rebecca and Zara breakdown three options for s…
 
I had the chance to sit down with virtually with the legendary Wynton Marsalis for a conversation about Jazz, comparing jazz and classical pieces, why so many classical composers writing jazz fail and vice versa, and about his massively ambitious Blues Symphony. About halfway through the show Wynton takes you straight through the first movement of …
 
Season four has begun! A brand new cabal of 27 contestants kicks off today with Neil, Jennifer, and Lauryn. A model game of My Champion gives way to trivia about some truly wild crossover events that you can ONLY find in the pages of comic books. Round two classes things up a bit with a mashup game about BAFTA winners. And, of course, it all comes …
 
We’ll be honest, sometimes practicing isn’t fun. Repeating the same thing over and over until we get it right can be boring. There must be a way to spice things up... Don’t worry! Rebecca and Zara are here to save the day! We compiled a list of our top 10 practice games that you can try at home. From poetry to cars, from colouring to obstacle cours…
 
The cycle is complete! Would it surprise you to find out that Beethoven’s 9th Symphony wasn’t his last piece? Would it surprise you that he was actually considering an all instrumental movement for the last movement? Or how about that the second performance of the piece was given to a half full hall and it took decades for the piece to become popul…
 
More has been written about the meaning of Beethoven’s 9th than any other symphony. There are more recordings of it, more performances of it, and more uses of its most famous theme, the Ode to Joy, than any other piece. But what is often talked about less than the political and social ramifications of the piece, is the music itself - this shocking,…
 
Summer is here! Before season four gets into full swing, we’re celebrating the summertime movies season with an episode all about summer blockbusters. Returning season one champion Ilan takes on two eager new players, Lynn and Vandy, with some trivia about the big budget releases from May to August. Round one features excerpts of novelizations of b…
 
What makes practicing fun for your child? Games, stickers, movement? And what makes practicing fun for you? Maybe a big cup of coffee? Violin teacher and practice expert Christine Goodner believes when both student and parent are enjoying practice time, it makes for more successful music making! In this episode Christine share some tips and tricks …
 
In 1812, Beethoven's life was in ruins. He was embroiled in court battles, pining away for his "Immortal Beloved," and profoundly depressed. His musical response is one of his funniest, most charming, and most "classical" symphonies - the 8th. This is an underappreciated work that confused audiences of the time because it sounded almost experimenta…
 
Season four is on the way! But in the meantime, we pulled in some musical enthusiast friends for a special episode of trivia and games all about the world of music theatre. Adam, Sean, and Gabi will face an unusual My Champion challenge, wrestle with some rewritten “I Want” songs, and really rack up the points in an old fashioned audio round of “Na…
 
Practicing looks a little different for everyone, even sisters! This week we chat with piano students Sophia and Audrey, who are famous at Upper Beaches Music School for their wonderful practice habits. They share with us why they love practicing and what to do when practicing gets a little tricky. These pianists are literal practice stars! To book…
 
Concert Organist David von Behren and Host of Classically Minded, Garrett John Law, discuss what life is like for organists during quarantine. David von Behren is the recently-appointed Assistant University Organist and Choirmaster of the Memorial Church at Harvard University. He earned his Master of Music degree at Yale University’s School of Musi…
 
The composer Carl Maria Von Weber called it the work of a madman. Clara Schumann’s father, Friedrich Wieck, called it the work of a drunk. Beethoven’s 7th has been popular ever since its premiere, but as you can see, not everyone loved it. It is a piece that has defied explanations about its meaning ever since its premiere. Today, we’ll discuss thi…
 
He's considered one of the greatest composers of the 19th century. But can you hum a tune by Brahms? We dive into the life and music of Brahms to better understand what set him apart from others, how his personality affected his music, and how he still appears in popular music and commercials today. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy informati…
 
We’ve arrived at out third season finale! This week, our three divisional victors Kate, Mike, and Randy will all square off to become the next super mondo champion of champions. The game kicks off with a special round of My Champion that recalls another notable third season finale, before round one quizzes our players on movies that mash up charact…
 
Beethoven once said: “No one can love the country as much as I do. For surely woods, trees, and rocks produce the echo which man desires to hear.” There's no better example of Beethoven's love of nature than in his 6th symphony, where he takes simplicity to new heights, transforming the motivic cells that relentlessly drove his 5th symphony into mo…
 
We all carry around an instrument every hour of every day. It’s not very heavy and you are born knowing how to play it. Guess what it is yet? Your voice! Whether you sing in the shower or on the operatic stage, you are a singer! In this episode Marcia Whitehead, professional singer, author, and Goddess of Operations at Upper Beaches Music School, s…
 
They are the most famous 8 notes in all of Western Classical Music. If you walk down the street and ask someone to name a piece of classical music, they will surely say Beethoven 5. But why? What's the deal with the 5th? Well, today we’re going to take a deep look at this ubiquitous piece, exploring lots of different facets of this symphony. It is …
 
The final match of the season three playoffs has arrived! Returning players Julia, Eric, and Mike compete to claim the last spot on our season three championship match next week. The game kicks off with a musical challenge where faded audio clips form unlikely supergroups (e.g. Crowded House of Pain). Things get numerical in round two as players pi…
 
Beethoven often gets the reputation of being a composer of extreme seriousness, shaking his fist at the heavens while dealing with a litany of medical ailments and heartbreak, and there is some truth to that as well. But the 4th symphony, a very strange and mysterious introduction aside, is a piece of almost unadulterated joy. It is another side of…
 
Two of the most famous chords in classical music propel us into this revolutionary, wild, and remarkable symphony. At the time, the Eroica symphony was the longest symphony ever written. At the time it was definitely the loudest symphony ever written! It delved into emotions that symphonies had studiously avoided in the past. Simply put, it changed…
 
We continue the Beethoven cycle this week with his underrated 2nd symphony. Written at the height of Beethoven's despair over his increasing deafness, you might think that the symphony would be a dark and stormy one, but instead Beethoven writes one of his most relentlessly cheerful pieces. He even invented a whole new type of movement called a sch…
 
Small changes make big differences on this week’s episode. The season three playoffs continue with a tense match to decide the winner of the Appellate Division. After Randy, Trip, and Will undertake a high society dinner challenge for their champions, round one asks them to name movies and TV shows whose titles have had one letter changed. In round…
 
Did you know music students take exams outside of school? Don’t worry, they are a ton of fun! Your hosts Zara and Rebecca chat with violinist Eloise about Royal Conservatory of Music (RCM) exams, how to prepare for one and what happens on exam day. And we end with the trickiest game of pasta or composer yet that will leave you hungry for a bowl of …
 
Today begins a pretty massive project for Sticky Notes - a complete Beethoven cycle over the next few weeks! We start of course with Beethoven's 1st symphony. Some people tend to think of Beethoven’s 1st as a cautious foray into the symphonic world, but I couldn’t disagree more. It is a bold, confident leap into the genre, a genre that Beethoven wo…
 
Update: In the original audio upload the reading of the third clue of round two, question four was mistakenly edited out. A new file has been uploaded. A snippet of the affected audio is here. The season three playoffs have arrived! Today, returning victors Emma, Conrado, and Kate square off for a spot in the championship match. Round one tests the…
 
Imagine compressing a 3 or 4 hour opera into 8 minutes of music. You’ve just imagined an overture! Overtures are an integral and beloved part of the opera and concert experience, and the best overtures live on as separate pieces from the work they are attached to. These overtures feature music so wonderful that they become immortal miniature master…
 
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