About This Show
Houston Public Media classical music librarian, Dacia Clay has a secret: she knows next to nothing about classical music. But she wants to learn! Luckily, she's surrounded by classical music experts every day. In each episode of the Classical Classroom, Dacia's colleagues and some local classical music luminaries take turns giving her classical music "homework assignments". You'll learn about everything from bel canto aria to the use of leitmotif in the score to Star Wars. Come learn with us in the Classical Classroom.
Most Recent Episode
Classical Classroom, Episode 26: Ragging On Chopin With Richard Dowling
3 days ago
Concert pianist and entrepreneur Richard Dowling illuminates some of Chopin’s pieces by “ragging” them on the piano. It’s a lesson in classical music and ragtime all rolled up in one, topped with live performances, and served with a side of fries.
Music in this episode includes live performances by Richard Dowling of:
- Frederic Chopin, Nocturne in E-flat Major, Op. 9 No. 2
- Ethan Uslan, Chopin’s Knocked Urn
- Frederic Chopin, “Revolutionary” Etude in C Minor, Op. 10 No. 12
- Joseph Lamb, Ragtime Nightingale
- Claude Debussy, Golliwogg’s Cakewalk (not performed by Mr. Dowling)
Audio production by Todd “Toddry” Hulslander with sarcastic slow claps of approval from Dacia Clay.