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Vermont Public Classical host James Stewart on a journey into the events, characters and concepts that shaped our Western musical tradition. We start at the very beginning and trace the steps of music through history. This music, and its history, is ours.

Latest Episodes
  • We’ve been exploring the life of Joseph Bologne Chevalier de Saint-Georges. It’s now time to address the elephant in the room. Anyone who has studied or listened to the music of Chevalier will know him by a particular nickname, “The Black Mozart” a title given after his death.
  • Joseph Bologne Chevalier de Saint-Georges was a world-renowned fencer, a composer, violinist and conductor in 18th century France. Even with all of his success, there was a limit to what Chevalier was allowed to achieve.
  • This is our third episode exploring the life of 18th Century French composer, violinist and conductor Joseph Bologne Chevalier de Saint-Georges. In this episode we’ll dive into the early life of this multi-talented prodigy.
  • Timeline is diving into the life of 18th century, French composer Joseph Bologne Chevalier de Saint-Georges. In this episode we'll learn about Chevalier’s parents and especially his aristocratic father.
  • Joseph Bologne, Chevalier de Saint-Georges was an 18th century French composer, violinist and conductor of mixed race. Why was this talented individual, who was quite well known in his day, all but forgotten in ours?
  • Timeline: William Grant Still (1895-1978)
    William Grant Still was called the "Dean of Afro-American Composers." His career was full of "firsts"; milestones that broke through the racial and social barriers that were so prevalent in the United States.
  • Timeline from Vermont Public Classical presents the ten-part series about composer Julius Eastman as one complete podcast episode. Explore the life and legacy of this amazingly talented composer/performer who died penniless and homeless in 1990, but whose work is finally getting the attention it deserves today.
  • This is our final episode in our ten-part series on the life, music and legacy of composer Julius Eastman. As we wrap up this discussion we remember Julius Eastman separate from his musical legacy, Eastman the person. And hear some stories told by the people who knew him.
  • This is part nine of our ten part series on composer Julius Eastman. The Classical canon is a collection of pieces that are the most often played and studied; sort of like the greatest hits of classical music. It’s a curated list of quote/unquote “important” pieces, composers and works. This curation started in the 19th century and the list heavily favors white, European men. In this episode we'll talk about righting the canon by making room for more diverse voices and composers.
  • This is part eight of our ten part series about Julius Eastman; a composer whose work has been experiencing a renaissance lately as a new generation is discovering his individual musical style.