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WELCOME TO NOTES FROM THE AUDIOPHILES: WHY DON’T I LIKE CLASSICAL MUSIC?

Notes aims to answer all of your burning questions about classical music in a podcast devoted to various topics connecting classical music with lived experience. Hosts Carmen Lemoine, a professional flutist, and Pinky, a professor of music history, give their perspectives on a range of issues concerning art music in the United States. They explore the challenges and joys of the genre as it relates to 21st century listeners.

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SEASON 1

Our first season features discussions on the state of classical music, improvisation, classical music in film, outsiders, and women in music. If you have a topic you’d like us to explore for next season, please let us know at: notesfromtheaudiophiles@gmail.com.

Episode 1: Why Don’t I Like Classical Music?
Our first episode explores the age-old question: is CM really dead? Is it dying? Are we adequately proving our right to exist? Or, is it just a topic for newspapers on a slow news day?

Episode 2: Classical Music and Film
What is the relationship between classical music and film? How do filmmakers use classical music? How has the genre influenced film soundtracks?

Episode 3: Improvisation
An episode exploring how improvisation has influenced the history of classical music, from chant to concerti cadenzas to its decline in the Romantic era. Where is it in today’s repertoire?

Episode 3 Extras
– Dr. Christopher Azzara’s TedxRochester talk:

Episode 4: Outsiders
What makes an outsider an outsider? Especially in a field that is already on the fringe.

Episode 5: Women in Music
In the first of what will surely be many episodes on this topic, we talk about what it’s like to be a woman in CM and about a couple of other ladies we think deserve a shout-out, like the Boulanger sisters and Francesca Caccini.

Episode 5 Extras
– Francesca Caccini’s Ciaccona.

WE WOULD LIKE TO THANK THE SAN FRANCISCO CONSERVATORY OF MUSIC FOR THEIR GENEROUS SUPPORT.

Music by Max
Logo by John O.