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Beyond the Music Blog

Are you an avid listener, eager to know more about the music you hear on All Classical Portland? Deepen your connection to the music and this station by exploring Beyond the MusicAll Classical Portland’s Beyond the Music Blog is the perfect complement to enrich your listening experience, providing insight into the composer’s mind and cultural and societal context for this music.

Recent blog posts:

  • The Story of Minimalism” is a two-part series that explores the genre of minimalism, from its start in the mid-1960s on the experimental outskirts of classical music to its widespread influence on film and popular music of the 21st century. Both Part One, “A New Way of Listening,” and Part Two, “From Minimal Maximal,” take the reader through a sonic journey that ranges from perplexing to meditative.
  • Debussy and the Poetic Image” highlights the influence of other forms of expression on the composer’s music, namely visual art and poetry. This article looks at the many fascinating angles of the composer’s intention and purpose, including an exploration of how Debussy’s innovative musical voice conjures “a profound sense of dreamlike improvisation and wandering.”
  • Women’s History Month: Florence Price” provides a fascinating perspective on the challenging life of the first African-American woman to be recognized as a symphonic composer and to have a composition played by a major orchestra. Read the blog to learn how “Price’s works attempt answer the question of how to create sounds that reflect both a past and present embodiment of the black experience in the United States.”

With CD reviews from Music Director John Pitman, articles on “Music and the Brain,” “Pathways to Listening,” and more, the blog has something for everyone. Bookmark Beyond the Music and check back often for new content!

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