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What’s the Score?: Episode #24 Clarinetist Lila Hammer, dedicatee of “Manchester Sonata”

Episode #24: 18 July, 2021 Clarinetist, Lila Hammer, dedicatee of "Manchester Sonata," talks about premiering several works by Debra Lynn (1:11 mins) Works Discussed: Manchester Sonata After Apple Picking A Family Portrait Kandinsky Suite I Find My Feet Have Further... Continue Reading →

What’s the Score?: Episode #23 Drum and Fife Signals during the American Revolution

Episode #23: 4 July, 2021 Debra examines the use of Drum and Fife to convey military commands during the American Revolution. (31 mins) Suggested Links: Williamsburg Virginia Drum and Fife Mini-Documantary US Army Old Guard Fife and Drum Corp Concert... Continue Reading →

What’s the Score?: Episode #22 Stravinsky’s thematic use of thirds in “The Firebird”

Episode #22: 27 June, 2021 Debra offers a thematic walk-through of Igor Stravinsky's ballet "The Firebird" with particular attention to his use of thirds as a compositional building block. (55 mins) Terms: Arpeggio Chromaticism col legno Diminished Pentatonic Round Dance... Continue Reading →

What’s the Score?: Episode #21 (Part 2 of 2) A Conversation with Judy Marlett and Jeanne Sadler about “A Family Portrait”

Episode #21: 11 April, 2021 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 (part 2 of 2).... Continue Reading →

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, 2021 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 #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 #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 →

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