Classical Kids Corner

Classical Kids Corner

Melissa Dundis presents YourClassical Kids Corner, a presentation of classical music for kids (and their grown-ups). Our goal is to ask questions that will help families explore classical music together!

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May 1, 2021 4 min
Download Episode 35 https://download.publicradio.org/podcast/minnesota/classical/programs/classical-kids-corner/2021/04/16/ckc_episode_34_20210416_128.mp3

Listen to the exciting sounds of the musical form called a scherzo.

Episode 35 playlist

Felix Mendelssohn: Scherzo from A Midsummer Night’s Dream —Lively scherzos tend to be played fast, like this Scherzo written by Felix Mendelssohn for a play.

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Listen to the exciting sounds of violinist and composer, Antonio Vivaldi.

Episode 34 playlist

Antonio Vivaldi: Sonata for Two Violins —Vivaldi wrote most of his music for the violin. One of his first jobs as a musician was teaching young girls' to play the violin

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April 10, 2021 4 min
We all heard lullabies as young children, and enjoy them when we need help falling asleep. Join host Melissa Dundis for classical inspired lullabies, on the latest episode of Classical Kids Corner.
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January 29, 2021 4 min

How do the musicians keep a consistent speed in music?

Episode 32 playlist

Johann Sebastian Bach: Air on a G String — Here's an example of music played at a slow tempo.

LISTEN — Johann Sebastian Bach: Air on a G String

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Jacques Offenbach: Can Can from Orpheus in the Underworld — Here's a piece of ballet music played at a fast tempo.

LISTEN — Jacques Offenbach: Can Can

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December 11, 2020 4 min

Is your imagination as big as Beethoven's?

Episode 31 playlist

Ludvig Van Beethoven: 2nd mvt from Symphony No. 7 — People love Beethoven' Symphonies. What do you picture in your mind when you listen to this?

LISTEN — Ludwig Van Beethoven:Symphony No. 7 - 2nd mvt

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Ludwig Van Beethoven: Moonlight Piano Sonata — What do you think Beethoven was imagining when he wrote his Mo...

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December 4, 2020 4 min

Have friends ever helped you with your creativity?

Episode 30 playlist

Edward Elgar: Nimrod from Enigma Variations — Elgar named this selection after his friend, Nimrod, who encouraged him to keep writing music.

LISTEN — Edward Elgar: Nimrod from Enigma Variations

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Sergei Rachmaninoff: Piano Concerto No. 2 — When Rachmaninoff was sad and angry, he shared those feelings with a fr...

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November 12, 2020 4 min
Which instrument is as big as a christmas tree, and creates all different colors of sound? Find out on the latest episode of Classical Kids Corner, hosted by Melissa Dundis.
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November 5, 2020 4 min

Some of the greatest journeys you'll ever go on are made possible by classical music.

Episode 28 playlist

Howard Shore: Lord of the Rings Theme — So many stories have you wandering off into the woods with friends. Like this story, about hobbits and wizards and a magic ring.

LISTEN — Howard Shore:The Lord of the Rings Theme

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Sergei Prokofiev: 'The Wolf' from Peter and...

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October 29, 2020 4 min

Halloween is a great time to explore the most mysterious music ever composed.

Episode 27 playlist

Camille Saint-Saens: Danse Macabre — Music about ghosts and spirits coming alive at the graveyard.

LISTEN — Camille Saint-Saens: Danse Macabre

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Carl Orff: O Fortuna from Carmina Burana — Does this piece sound like a casting of an evil spell? It's a latin poem, warning you to bewa...

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October 22, 2020 4 min

Lento music can feel like an afternoon of watching the clouds slowly drift by.

Episode 26 playlist

Franz Liszt: Liebestraum No. 3 — Music played at a lento tempo sounds slow and relaxed.

LISTEN — Franz Liszt:Liebestraum No. 3

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Ludwig Van Beethoven: String Quartet No. 16 - 3rd mvt — Do slow pieces like this make you feel relaxed, sad or comforted?

LISTEN — Ludwig Van Beethoven: S...

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October 16, 2020 4 min

Like a warm sunrise or a full moon, enjoy the rich and warm sounds of the French horn.

Episode 25 playlist

Maurice Ravel: Pavane for a Dead Princess —Does the French horn remind you of a slow, warm sunrise in this piece?

LISTEN — Maurice Ravel:Pavane for a Dead Princess

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Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Horn Concerto No. 4 -3rd mvt — The older version of the French horn, was sometimes ca...

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October 8, 2020 4 min

Nicolo Paganini changed the way musicians approached and played the violin with the amazing music he wrote for the instrument.

Episode 24 playlist

Nicolo Paganini: Perpetual Motion — This is one of Paganini's fastest pieces. Does it sound like sparks could fly off the violin?

LISTEN — Nicolo Paganini: Perpetual Motion

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Nicolo Paganini: Violin Concerto No. 1 — He wrote an ent...

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October 1, 2020 4 min

Sometimes there is a sudden, loud sound in music called an accent. It's a sound that pops out at you. Tune in to the latest episode of YourClassical Kids Corner to hear some examples of accents in music.

Episode 23 playlist

Franz Joseph Haydn: Surprise Symphony - 2nd movement — Have you ever yelled "surprise" to someone on their birthday? Accents are kind of like that.

LISTEN — Franz Joseph Haydn: Surprise Symphony - S...

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September 24, 2020 4 min

There are many ways that composers can make their music sound bold and courageous. Explore these exciting sounds and effects through pieces by Beethoven, Tchaikovsky, and Arnaud.

Episode 22 playlist

Leo Arnaud: Olympic Theme —Have you ever watched ice skaters or a gymnast doing something exciting during the Olympic Games? They are so bold.

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September 17, 2020 4 min

Like soft brush strokes, or smooth milk chocolate, enjoy the beautiful sounds of the clarinet.

Episode 21 playlist

Johannes Brahms: Intermezzo No. 2 —You might say that clarinets are an easy instrument to get along with because they blend beautifully with just about any other instrument in the orchestra. Do you think the clarinet blends well here with the piano?

LISTEN — Johannes Brahms:Intermezzo No. 2

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Explore the beautiful music of flutist and composer Valerie Coleman and hear her ensemble, Imani Winds.

Episode 20 playlist

Valerie Coleman: Silver Rain — She discovered she was an amazing flutist who could write beautiful music.

LISTEN — Valerie Coleman:Silver Rain

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Valerie Coleman: Umoja — Umoja is Ki-Swahili for the word 'Unity'. This piece is performed by her ensemble...

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Explore classical music that loves using the loud dynamic called "forte."

Episode 19 playlist

Johannes Brahms: Hungarian Dance No. 5 —This entire piece is being played at a loud, or forte level.

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John Williams: Star Wars Theme — Why do you think the composer chose to write this music as forte?

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What happens to your body when you feel excited? There is some really fun classical music to help you get excited when you need a boost.

Episode 18 playlist

Jacques Offenbach: Can-Can from Orpheus in the Underworld —This first piece is a dance style heard in operas and ballets, called a "galop".

LISTEN — Jacques Offenbach: Can-Can from Orpheus in the Underworld

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The piano is such a fun instrument to learn or just listen to and sing along with. Listen to some examples that explore all the sounds a piano can make.

Episode 17 playlist

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Turkish Rondo — In this piece, Mozart was trying to mimic sounds of a marching band with the piano.

LISTEN — Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Turkish Rondo

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Fredrich Chopin: Ballade No. 1 — Th...

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Can you make a list of all of the things you're good at? Learn about all the music Leonard Bernstein made with his talents as a pianist, conductor, composer and teacher.

Episode 16 playlist

Benjamin Britten: Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra — Leonard Bernstein loved talking about music and teaching kids about the orchestra.

LISTEN — Benjamin Britten: Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra

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