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 41: Pretty Pattern Preludes With Karim Al-Zand (rerun)
2 days ago
Greetings listeners! We’re rerunning this episode of the podcast in honor of Karim Al-Zand’s recent premiere of the new work, “The Prisoner,” at the Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music in Santa Cruz, California. The piece was inspired by the writings of a Guantanamo Bay prisoner.
This episode is about something else: pattern preludes.
Pattern preludes are enigmas inside of conundrums wrapped in a warm flour tortilla. No – wait. That’s not right… Pattern preludes, according to composer Karim Al-Zand’s website, are, “…pieces constrained by a single idea (usually a rhythmic or textural ostinato) through which a composer expresses a narrowly focused thought. Patterning is especially well-suited to preludes, which are by convention short, concise and introductory.” Bach, Chopin, Debussy, and others wrote pattern preludes. These little pieces function as a tool by which classical music newbies can get to know a composer’s style. Learn aaall about them in this episode!
Music in this episode:
- Bach’s Well Tempered Clavier C major prelude book 1
- Chopin’s C major Etude, Op 10, No.1, played by Vladimir Ashkenazy
- Chopin/Bach, played by Kana Mimaki
- Al-Zand Pattern Prelude No. 1 (after Bach), played by DiLiberto
- Schumann Album Leaves Op. 124, No. 17, played by Denes Varjon
Audio production by Todd “Titters” Hulslander with alliteration from Dacia Clay.