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The Music Listening Project

Mark Whale, PhD

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The Music Listening Project is a series of podcasts on music to be performed by the Etobicoke Philharmonic Orchestra, Toronto, Canada in the 2018-2019 season. The podcasts are a key resource in a research study, funded by Humber College, Toronto in association with the EPO, the brainchild of EPO concertmaster, and Humber Professor, Mark Whale. The study asks the question: what is the value of “learning to love . . . music.”

Latest Episodes

Wagner's Prelude to Tristan and Isolde

Mark and Mark discuss the nature of irresolvable desire and the famous "Tristan Chord" in Wagner's Prelude with the assistance of Wilhlem Fürtwangler and the Philharmonia's 1955 recording.

26 MINMAY 6
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Wagner's Prelude to Tristan and Isolde

Mahler's 4th symphony – the final movement

Mark listens together with the Canadian soprano, Betty Waynne Allison, to Bernstein's 1960 performance of the final movement of Mahler's fourth symphony (soprano Reri Grist) and reflects on the way Mahler paints a pastoral, yet disturbing, picture of a "child's view of heaven."

21 MINAPR 30
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Mahler's 4th symphony – the final movement

Mahler's 4th symphony – movement 1

Mark and Matthew listen to The Philharmonia's 1957 recording of the first movement of Mahler's 4th symphony, conducted by Paul Kletzki, discovering the tension between the grace, beauty and simplicity of its dancelike themes and the metronomic insistence of its accompanying motives.

30 MINAPR 25
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Mahler's 4th symphony – movement 1

The Fourth Movement of Brahms 3rd Symphony

Mark listens with Professor Brady Polka to Brahms' third symphony and learns about Brahms' ability to evoke both a sense of completeness and continual development.

26 MINMAR 21
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The Fourth Movement of Brahms 3rd Symphony

Schumann's Piano Concerto

Mark, and the renowned Canadian concert pianist Arthur Ozolins, listen together to Rudolf Serkin's performance of Schumann's piano concerto in A minor with live demonstrations from Arthur (on an aging piano)!

28 MINMAR 12
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Schumann's Piano Concerto

Brahms' 3rd Symphony

Mark listens to Klemperer's recording of the first movement of Brahms' 3rd Symphony together with Matthew Jones, conductor of the Etobicoke Philharmonic, focussing on the composer's use of rhythmic displacement and resolution.

27 MINMAR 3
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Brahms' 3rd Symphony

Prokofiev's Lieutenant Kîjé

Mark and Matthew discuss Prokofiev's music, written to illustrate the strange tale of the fictional Lieutenant in Tzar Paul 1st's court – one of the first movie soundtracks.We value your feedback. Please go to this link to complete a 3 minute survey.https://goo.gl/forms/oBrr3qUxc8podaf03

36 MINFEB 3
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Prokofiev's Lieutenant Kîjé

Vivaldi's Winter

Mark and Mark listen closely to a recording of the first movement of Vivaldi's concerto, Winter, from "The Four Seasons" with Alan Loveday (violin) and The Academy of St. Martin in the Fields, conducted by Neville Marriner. They compare it, briefly, to a recording by a British ensemble, Red Priest.We value your feedback. Please go to this link to complete a 3 minute survey.https://goo.gl/forms/oBrr3qUxc8podaf03

27 MINFEB 1
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Vivaldi's Winter

Tuttifäntchen – a Christmas Fairy Tale

We take a spontaneous journey into Paul Hindemith's music, written in 1922 in Germany for a stage production of the fairy tale Tuttifäntchen – a kind of Nutcracker meets Pinnocchio.Transcriptshttps://docs.google.com/document/d/1DDMmcOE3QwO23NsgMNpvd78D_BJlxf21lDlbHBppFbk/edit?usp=sharingWe value your feedback. Please go to this link to complete a 3 minute survey.https://goo.gl/forms/oBrr3qUxc8podaf03

13 MIN2018 DEC 11
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Tuttifäntchen – a Christmas Fairy Tale

Sleigh Bells

Join Mark and Jeff, the EPO's percussionist, in an intriguing discussion about the use of sleigh bells in the sleigh rides of Mozart, Delius and Anderson.Transcripthttps://docs.google.com/document/d/1U74eBZwa0ip4Wg0RFnfG2TuaItavVyG4HR1nKIe-yKA/edit?usp=sharingWe value your feedback. Please go to this link to complete a 3 minute survey.https://goo.gl/forms/oBrr3qUxc8podaf03

19 MIN2018 DEC 11
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Sleigh Bells

Latest Episodes

Wagner's Prelude to Tristan and Isolde

Mark and Mark discuss the nature of irresolvable desire and the famous "Tristan Chord" in Wagner's Prelude with the assistance of Wilhlem Fürtwangler and the Philharmonia's 1955 recording.

26 MINMAY 6
Comments
Wagner's Prelude to Tristan and Isolde

Mahler's 4th symphony – the final movement

Mark listens together with the Canadian soprano, Betty Waynne Allison, to Bernstein's 1960 performance of the final movement of Mahler's fourth symphony (soprano Reri Grist) and reflects on the way Mahler paints a pastoral, yet disturbing, picture of a "child's view of heaven."

21 MINAPR 30
Comments
Mahler's 4th symphony – the final movement

Mahler's 4th symphony – movement 1

Mark and Matthew listen to The Philharmonia's 1957 recording of the first movement of Mahler's 4th symphony, conducted by Paul Kletzki, discovering the tension between the grace, beauty and simplicity of its dancelike themes and the metronomic insistence of its accompanying motives.

30 MINAPR 25
Comments
Mahler's 4th symphony – movement 1

The Fourth Movement of Brahms 3rd Symphony

Mark listens with Professor Brady Polka to Brahms' third symphony and learns about Brahms' ability to evoke both a sense of completeness and continual development.

26 MINMAR 21
Comments
The Fourth Movement of Brahms 3rd Symphony

Schumann's Piano Concerto

Mark, and the renowned Canadian concert pianist Arthur Ozolins, listen together to Rudolf Serkin's performance of Schumann's piano concerto in A minor with live demonstrations from Arthur (on an aging piano)!

28 MINMAR 12
Comments
Schumann's Piano Concerto

Brahms' 3rd Symphony

Mark listens to Klemperer's recording of the first movement of Brahms' 3rd Symphony together with Matthew Jones, conductor of the Etobicoke Philharmonic, focussing on the composer's use of rhythmic displacement and resolution.

27 MINMAR 3
Comments
Brahms' 3rd Symphony

Prokofiev's Lieutenant Kîjé

Mark and Matthew discuss Prokofiev's music, written to illustrate the strange tale of the fictional Lieutenant in Tzar Paul 1st's court – one of the first movie soundtracks.We value your feedback. Please go to this link to complete a 3 minute survey.https://goo.gl/forms/oBrr3qUxc8podaf03

36 MINFEB 3
Comments
Prokofiev's Lieutenant Kîjé

Vivaldi's Winter

Mark and Mark listen closely to a recording of the first movement of Vivaldi's concerto, Winter, from "The Four Seasons" with Alan Loveday (violin) and The Academy of St. Martin in the Fields, conducted by Neville Marriner. They compare it, briefly, to a recording by a British ensemble, Red Priest.We value your feedback. Please go to this link to complete a 3 minute survey.https://goo.gl/forms/oBrr3qUxc8podaf03

27 MINFEB 1
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Vivaldi's Winter

Tuttifäntchen – a Christmas Fairy Tale

We take a spontaneous journey into Paul Hindemith's music, written in 1922 in Germany for a stage production of the fairy tale Tuttifäntchen – a kind of Nutcracker meets Pinnocchio.Transcriptshttps://docs.google.com/document/d/1DDMmcOE3QwO23NsgMNpvd78D_BJlxf21lDlbHBppFbk/edit?usp=sharingWe value your feedback. Please go to this link to complete a 3 minute survey.https://goo.gl/forms/oBrr3qUxc8podaf03

13 MIN2018 DEC 11
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Tuttifäntchen – a Christmas Fairy Tale

Sleigh Bells

Join Mark and Jeff, the EPO's percussionist, in an intriguing discussion about the use of sleigh bells in the sleigh rides of Mozart, Delius and Anderson.Transcripthttps://docs.google.com/document/d/1U74eBZwa0ip4Wg0RFnfG2TuaItavVyG4HR1nKIe-yKA/edit?usp=sharingWe value your feedback. Please go to this link to complete a 3 minute survey.https://goo.gl/forms/oBrr3qUxc8podaf03

19 MIN2018 DEC 11
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Sleigh Bells

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