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What’s the Score?: Episode #20 (Part 1 of 2) A Conversation with Judy Marlett and Jeanne Sadler about “A Family Portrait”

Episode #20: 4 April, 2020 Debra discusses the inspiration behind her oratorio "A Family Portrait" with mezzo-soprano Judy Marlett and her mother Jeanne Sadler, whose Civil War era ancestors authored the letters that inspired the work. (56 mins.) Carnegie Hall... Continue Reading →

What’s the Score?: Episode #19 Interview with Kurt Roembke, composer

Episode #19: 7 February 2021 Debra interviews film and game composer Kurt Roembke. (1 hr 10 mins) Find Kurt's music at the following links: Space Owl Productions Bandcamp Soundwalk App Gamewave Radio Show YouTube Channel (1) or YouTube Channel (2)... Continue Reading →

What’s the Score?: Episode #18 Maurice Durufle’s use of Gregorian Chant in his Requiem Mass (part 2 of 2)

Episode #18: 24 January 2021 Part 2 of a two-part series in which Debra explores Maurice Durufle’s use of Gregorian Chant in his compositions, specifically his Requiem Mass. (33 mins) Recommended Listening: Requiem (by Maurice Durufle) Terms to Remember: text... Continue Reading →

What’s the Score?: Episode #17 “Maurice Durufle’s use of Gregorian Chant in his Requiem Mass” (Part 1 of 2)

Episode #17: 17 January 2021 A two-part series in which Debra explores Maurice Durufle's use of Gregorian Chant in his compositions, specifically his Requiem Mass. (32 mins) Recommended Listening: Gregorian or Benedictine Chant -- especially Requiem Mass Chants Terms to... Continue Reading →

What’s the Score?: Episode #16 Happy 250th Birthday, Beethoven (Pt. 2 of 2)

Episode #16: 20 December 2020. Debra celebrates Beethoven’s 250th birthday with a whirlwind tour through the stylistic “isms” in his 9 symphonies. (Part 2 of 2) (40 mins) Recommended Listening: Anything by Beethoven, but especially his complete symphonies! Have fun!... Continue Reading →

What’s the Score?: Episode #15 Happy 250th Birthday, Beethoven! (Pt 1 of 2)

Episode #15: 13 December 2020. Debra celebrates Beethoven's 250th birthday with a whirlwind tour through the stylistic "isms" in his 9 symphonies. (Part 1 of 2) (35 mins) Recommended Listening: Anything by Beethoven! It's all fantastic! Musical Vocab Words: Hemiola... Continue Reading →

What’s the Score?: Episode #14 The Collaborative Mission of Mikautadze Dance Theatre

Episode #14: 7 Dec 2020. Debra interviews David and Elizabeth Mikautadze, founders and directors of Mikautadze Dance Theatre, a Graham-based modern dance company in Fort Wayne, Indiana. They'll discuss MDT's unique focus on collaboration with composers and other creatives inspired... Continue Reading →

What’s the Score?: Episode #13 “Comparing Notes on Synesthesia”

Episode #13: 22 Nov 2020. Debra compares notes with pianist Lisa Hickman on what it's like to live and make music with Synesthesia, a neurological condition in which sensory pathways criss-cross, causing one to hear color or smell words. (1... Continue Reading →

What’s the Score?: Episode #12 The Impact of Titles on Listeners (Pt. 2 of 2)

Episode #12: 15 November 2020. Podcast listeners are invited to join Debra and 5 volunteer panelists in a second exploratory activity to discover what our minds conjure up about music without the imposed expectations of a specific title, and how our... Continue Reading →

What’s the Score?: Episode #11 The Impact of Titles on Listeners (Pt 1 of 2)

Episode #11: 8 Nov 2020 Podcast listeners are invited to join Debra and 5 volunteer panelists in an exploratory activity to discover what our minds conjure up about music without the imposed expectations of a specific title, and how our... Continue Reading →

What’s the Score?: Episode #10 “Mechanical” for Saxophone Quartet by Debra Lynn

Episode #10: 1 November 2020 Debra celebrates the birthday of Adolphe Sax with an analysis of her saxophone quartet "Mechanical," and the compositions and arrangements of others who have delved into this unique and versatile genre. (30 mins) Recommended Listening... Continue Reading →

What’s the Score?: Episode #9 What Makes Scary Music Scary? (Special Hallowe’en Edition)

Episode #9: 25 October 2020. Debra fires up her composer cauldron to reveal the secret ingredients of scary music. (30 mins) Recommended Listening: Danse Macabre, Op 20 by Camille Saint-Saens Funeral March of a Marionette by Charles Gounod Halloween by... Continue Reading →

What’s the Score?: Episode #8 “Concert Etiquette for Kids: Raising Engaged Listeners”

Episode #8: 18 October 2020. Debra offers tips to parents and teachers for helping kids of all ages become engaged listeners and audience members. (40 mins) Recommended Listening:  "Hallelujah Chorus" -- Handel Messiah, Academy of St. Martin in the Fields... Continue Reading →

What’s the Score?: Episode #7 “When You Wish Upon a Star” as thematic inspiration in John Williams’ film score “Close Encounters of the Third Kind”

Episode #7: 11 October, 2020. Debra explores themes from Johns Williams' film score "Close Encounters of the Third Kind" and their origins in fragments of Leigh Harline's well-crafted song "When You Wish Upon A Star." (31 mins) Recommended Listening: "Close... Continue Reading →

What’s the Score?: Episode #6 Patchworking in the music of Charles Ives

Episode #6: 4 October, 2020. Debra opens her composer's toolbox to explore a technique called "Patchworking," especially in works by Charles Ives (1874-1954). (33 mins) Recommended Listening:  “Three Places in New England” composed by Charles Ives — specifically the 2nd... Continue Reading →

What’s the Score?: Episode #4 Discussion with Dr. Pamela Haynes, pianist about “Your John Keats”

Episode #4: 20 September, 2020.  Part 1 of 2 -- Debra talks with Dr. Pamela Haynes, pianist and co-dedicatee of the song cycle "Your John Keats." Together, they explore Pamela's view of the cycle from the piano bench, and how... Continue Reading →

What’s the Score?: Episode #3 Interview with Grammy-winning baritone, Daniel Belcher

Episode #3: 13 Sept, 2020. Debra interviews Daniel Belcher, Grammy-winning operatic baritone and champion of new operas. He'll discuss his experience working directly with composers as they create opera roles and other works specifically with his voice in mind. Recommended... Continue Reading →

What’s the Score?: Episode #2 “Composition, Arrangement, and Orchestration”

Episode #2: 6 September, 2020. "Composition, Arrangement, and Orchestration: What's the difference? Also, a brief introduction to Joan Tower's use of whole tone scalar material in her 9/11 inspired masterpiece "In Memory." (30 mins duration) Recommended Listening 6 Sept, 2020:... Continue Reading →

Episode #2: “Composition, Arrangement, Orchestration — What’s the difference?”

What's the Score Episode #2: "Composition, Arrangement, Orchestration -- What's the difference?" Recommended Listening: "In Memory" by Joan Tower. Tokyo Quartet. List of compositions in response to 9/11 (6 Sept 2020)

What’s the Score? Episode #1 “Debra Lynn, Host: Background and Composition Process”

Episode #1: 30 August, 2020. "Debra Lynn, Host: Background and Composition Process" (27 mins duration) Recommended Listening 30 Aug, 2020: "Barca di Venezia per Padova" composed by Adriano Banchieri. Recorded excerpts from "Banchieri: Barca di Venezia per Padova" by Ensemble... Continue Reading →

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