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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 #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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