Every weekday at 10 a.m., the hosts at Classical MPR play a standout work based on the theme for the week. We call these works Morning Glories.
We're celebrating education this month at Classical Minnesota Public Radio, and throughout September have been playing music for and about learning. We're also working off-air to inspire the next generation of listeners, offering a series of videos and teaching tools to educators across the state. This week, we'll check out the music used in five of the videos.
Franz Joseph Haydn: String Quartet No. 53 "The Lark"
Why do some pieces, like Haydn's "Lark" Quartet, have nicknames, but others are simply referred to as a plain old string quartet? "What's in a Title?" explains.
Witold Lutoslawski: Concerto for Orchestra
Complex music by Lutoslawski illustrates the tough job orchestra conductors have, and the Minnesota Orchestra's principal conductor of Live at Orchestra Hall Sarah Hicks uses a short bit to demonstrate how they help keep the beat in "What Does a Conductor Do?".
John Dowland: Fine Knacks for Ladies;
Brahms: Symphony No. 1
In "What to Do At a Concert?", the Mirandola Ensemble sings Dowland's "Fine Knacks for Ladies" to teach good concert hall manners, which would come in handy at a performance of Brahms' 1st Symphony, one of the most frequently performed pieces in the concert hall.
Ludwig van Beethoven: Symphony No. 5
"What's in a Score" discusses the meaning of various musical symbols you might see on sheet music, highlighted with snippets of Beethoven's most recognizable symphony.
Aaron Copland: Rodeo
Visual art and music are often connected in many ways, as "What Music Shares with Art" shows, uniting Copland's music with images of the Wild West.