Best Composer podcasts we could find (Updated July 2018)
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Composers Datebook™ is a daily two-minute program designed to inform, engage, and entertain listeners with timely information about composers of the past and present. Each program notes significant or intriguing musical events involving composers of the past and present, with appropriate and accessible music related to each.
 
BBC Radio 3's Composer Of The Week is a guide to composers and their music. The podcast is compiled from the week's programmes and published on Friday, it is only available in the UK.
 
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Meet the Composer
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Peabody Award-winning podcast that takes listeners into the minds of the composers making some of the most innovative and breathtakingly beautiful music today.
 
Donald Macleod explores the life and work of composers. Composer Of The Week is one of BBC Radio 3's longest-running series and is broadcast on Radio 3 Monday to Friday at 12 noon. It's a guide to finding out more about composers, and an introduction to exploring their music. This podcast episode is an edited compliation of the entire week's programmes and is published each Friday lunchtime. The podcast is only available within the UK. For regulatory reasons, most classical music podcasts of ...
 
The Great Composers Podcast will explore the history and lives of some of western 'Classical' music's most famous composers and musicians. Classical music is filled with some very colorful personalities and riddled with drama of all kinds ranging from political intrigue to failed romances and everything in between. Through the course of the show, we will discuss composers and musicians from the distant past all the way to the present, beginning with the greatest, JS Bach.Be sure to subscribe ...
 
The Art of Composing Podcast is all about learning to take your composing, knowledge of music theory, and creativity to the next level.
 
Join the quest! Learn how composers and songwriters create music in this podcast hosted by Minneapolis composer Charlie McCarron. Whether you’re a music composition grad or simply an occasional noodler on a guitar, each guest has a new perspective for you on the creative process of composing and songwriting, along with some concrete ideas to apply to your own music.
 
A weekly interview-based podcast to help composers with the business end of writing music through mindset, marketing, and business skills.
 
Join the quest! Learn how composers and songwriters create music in this podcast hosted by Minneapolis composer Charlie McCarron. Whether you’re a music composition grad or simply an occasional noodler on a guitar, each guest has a new perspective for you on the creative process of composing and songwriting, along with some concrete ideas to apply to your own music.
 
Podcast by John Presley
 
Sara Mohr-Pietsch interviews today’s composers exploring the relationshipbetween their immediate environment and the music they write. From BBC Radio 3’s Hear and Now, published on Sunday mornings.
 
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Totally Composed
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There is more to writing than just writing. Good writing involves seduction, persuasion, logic, charm, wisdom, wit, humor, and so much more. It involves abstract (yet fundamental) things that are rarely discussed in writing books. This podcast will look at the interplay between writing and psychology, philosophy, and even spirituality.
 
This is a collection of ten short, entertaining, informative picture-book biographies of famous composers. Each book tells about the childhood and great achievements of a composer, and includes a short musical example.
 
The Great Composers is an intimate look at the people who wrote some of the greatest music ever.Each episode features unique insights from CPR Classical host Karla Walker and conductor Scott O’Neil. Scott and Karla explore an important composer’s human side -- the struggles, aspirations and triumphs of some of history’s most brilliant musicians.
 
A conversation-based podcast by, for, and about composers, their lives, and the creative process, hosted by New York City-based, Emmy Award-winning composer and jazz musician D.D. Jackson. In each podcast, Jackson explores what it means to be a composer and talks to notable artists both in and related to the field, including fellow composers (with a particular emphasis on those writing for film, t.v., and other media), arrangers, orchestrators, producers, and film directors. More info on D.D ...
 
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Composer Code
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Let's make music
 
This is a collection of ten short, entertaining, informative picture-book biographies of famous composers. Each book tells about the childhood and great achievements of a composer, and includes a short musical example. Here are links to the online texts so you can read along and look at the pictures:Bach: http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/34568Mozart: http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/34582Beethoven: http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/34737Haydn: http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/34550Schubert: http: ...
 
21st Century Composition
 
An imagined day in the life of each composer gives the anonymous author scope to describe each one's work and life, sketchily, of course, but interestingly. (Summary by David Wales) Note: This is a compilation of three books, each describing three composers. The second book - middle three chapters - has no online version as of yet.
 
Interviews with musicians who compose and perform
 
“Composing with Sounds” is an intuitive music processing software developed as part of a EU project by four European partner institutions from 2011 to 2013: the Music, Technology and Innovation Research Centre at the De Montfort University Leicester (UK), the Institut National de L’Audiovisuel Paris (F), Norsk Senter for Teknologi i Musikk og Kunst Oslo (Nor) and the ZKM | Institute for Music and Acoustics Karlsruhe (D).Alongside the development of the software for the use in schools, worksh ...
 
Mark Fell and Joe Gilmore wrap up this series on generative and process music with a piece created specifically for the occasion: 'Two Discrete Generative Systems'.
 
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Rhythm Composer
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Conceptual Electronic Music
 
Emmanuel Sikora is a young classical composer living in the town of Cortland, NY where he is attending High School. This first podcast is from a concert given at the Center for the Arts in Homer, NY on September 30, 2007. All music copyrighted by Emmanuel Sikora 2007, all rights reserved. You are free to download and share these mp3 files, but you cannot sell them. This music is unpublished, but the composer can be contacted through Cortland Music at mail@cortlandmusic.org
 
Podcasts from the San Francisco Symphony and Music Director Michael Tilson Thomas.
 
Composer entrepreneur Dennis Tobenski answers questions, offers quick tips, and talks shop to help composers and performers who want to make a living off of their hard work.
 
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The SoundCast
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Talking all things film, tv, and video game soundtracks. Soundtrack news, reviews, composer interviews.
 
Kelly and Chris talk to you about classical music whilst making you laugh. AND LEARN. www.ThatClassicalPodcast.com
 
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Top Score
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Some of the scores for video games are incredibly intricate and deserve recognition, which is why we've created Top Score: a series of podcasts dedicated to the music that accompanies soldiers through battle, sorcerers through forests and aliens through space.
 
BasilTonic is a group aimed at promoting up and coming Independent Musicians. Each episode, we review different tracks and covers for up and coming independent musicians. Along with this, a different composer is brought in for an exclusive interview each and every episode. We release New episodes Sundays at 7:00 PM central every two weeks.
 
Wes Anderson sits down with composers to discus their music and the composers that inspired them to write music.
 
Twice-weekly podcasts created, recorded, and produced by students in music triarts class at Cranbrook Kingswood Middle School featuring students' original music compositions. www.cranbrookcomposers.com
 
The music of composer Richard Zarou.
 
Welcome to my personal Podcast feed. Mostly in here you'll find music: These are songs re-arranged in Mario Paint Composer, a program for PC/Mac built from a small piece of composing software from the SNES game "Mario Paint."
 
Composer's Corner podcast by The Attic
 
Classical Guitar Composers is a podcast for composers to share their works for classical guitar with other guitar enthusiasts. Listeners contribute recordings of their works to get them heard by classical guitar players and fans.
 
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BBC Music Magazine
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Welcome to the BBC Music Magazine podcast. Join us once a month for the latest classical music news, the top stories in the new issue of BBC Music Magazine, a guide to the magazine’s cover CD, plus a round-up of our favourite new recordings.
 
Composer Conversations is an outlet where composers can discuss their experiences living and working in the contemporary music world, the effect it has on their approach to music making, and hopefully in the process break down some of the mythology about what a composer is. In short it is a weekly interview series that focuses on the politics and daily life of the international new music scene from the point of view of the people living in it, alongside the music that the featured composer h ...
 
Chao-Jan Chang was born in Taiwan and has resided in Boston since 1993. His music has been performed by many professional ensembles such as Studio New Music Ensemble, Dinosaur Annex and Forum Music. In 2007, Warner Music and Better Music Recordings released his first CD album, Love Secrets, which features 4 of his chamber and electro-acoustic music compositions. He has also written music for a traditional Chinese instrumental ensemble performed at the Taiwan National Concert Hall and a major ...
 
Composer of music for collaborative media, including music and/or orchestrations for over 15 PBS productions, the Urbanity Dance piece, "Observing," as well as other independent films, video games and television commercials. I'm based in Boston.
 
In the last 50 years, developments in technology have had a profound effect on the production, recording and manipulation of music. The 8 video tracks in this album introduce Simon Whiteside, a television and film composer, explore his recording studio and explain how he uses MIDI to create music for films and television programmes. Using an example of one of the programmes he has worked on, Simon illustrates the technical and creative processes involved. This material forms part of TA212 Te ...
 
FJB Podcast is made and presented by composer Flint Juventino Beppe. - I don’t claim to be a master in English. I don’t claim to be the most social person living on this earth. In the FJB Podcast, I just wish to share with you some stories or thoughts about music and life, naked, sincere and fearless. If you have any questions you wish me to discuss in FJB Podcast; please send them to me per e-mail fjb@fjbfingerprint.com I will do my best to answer all serious questions regarding my work as ...
 
From Hollywood, film composers Deane Ogden and Brian Ralston discuss news and opinions on the state of the media music business and issues relevant to film, television and video game composers, orchestrators and musicians.
 
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Inside MusiCast
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Taking you inside the music, one interview at a time. This is Inside MusiCast. We interview the great session musicians, producers, writers and engineers that are the talent behind the talent in the music indistry. We dedicate our podcast to them and to you - the music enthusiasts who need to go beyond the liner notes.
 
Contemporary American Composers and the Symphony Public - Video
 
Random Logic alias Gregor Zemljic & Miha Klemencic are the longest established artists of the Slovene electronic music scene. They have also written music for major and alternative theatre, ballet and experimental art performances (they are collaborating extensively with the artist Marko Peljhan on his multimedia projects) and also for films. In the year 2000 they were awarded the Studio City Boomerang Award (alternative Slovenian music awards) for the best live techno act in Slovenia and re ...
 
Begin your classical adventure! In 10 minutes or less, you'll discover new (or new to you) classical music with lots of trivia along the way. Join us online at www.salon97.org!
 
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Battle Bards
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A musical journey through MMO soundscapes, Battle Bards reviews and discusses the soundtrack of MMORPGs with a trio of engaging hosts. The Battle Bards podcast alternates with Retro Reprise, a half-hour podcast showcasing classic VGM from the ’80s and ’90s.
 
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Today we celebrate the birthday of one of Dvorak’s composition pupils: one Julius Fucik, who was born in Prague on today’s date in 1872. Fucik studied with Dvorak at the Prague Conservatory, where he also took lessons in violin and bassoon—and perhaps only a bassoonist could have conceived of a work with a prominent bassoon part entitled “The O ...…
 
Today’s date marks the birthday of the American composer Peter Schickele, best known for his outrageous musical parodies supposedly penned by the fictional P.D.Q. Bach, the "youngest and the oddest of the many children of J.S. Bach.”Some public radio listeners also have fond memories of the inventive radio series he created and hosted entitled ...…
 
These days, in the opinion of most music lovers, the towering genius of Johann Sebastian Bach far overshadows all but a handful of other Baroque Age composers. But in his own time, there were many other composers far more famous than Bach, a few who are today all but forgotten.Take the case of Johann David Heinichen, who was buried in Dresden o ...…
 
On today’s date in 1959, the Swiss-born American composer Ernest Bloch died in Portland, Oregon, about a week short of his 79th birthday.Bloch first came to America in 1916, when he was 36 years old. His music made an immediate impression, and a year later an all-Bloch orchestral concert in New York presented the premiere performance of his mos ...…
 
A new guitar concerto by Aaron Jay Kernis received its premiere at a Minnesota Orchestra “Sommerfest” concert conducted by David Alan Miller on today’s date in 1999.The idea for this concerto was prompted by a friend of Kernis’s, guitarist David Tanenbaum, who was looking for a new work for guitar and orchestra that he could pair with the most ...…
 
The Grand Finale! Ep. XVIIIb The Life of Ludwig van Beethoven, "The Candle in the Wind" we see our great composer to the end of his life. The last years were not easy ones for Beethoven. He proved himself to cruel and kind, hateful and loving, violent and sweet. But in the end, he was able to transcend the shortcomings of human existence, gain ...…
 
Donald Macleod explores the life and work of British composer Ralph Vaughan Williams
 
In 1949, while on his deathbed, the German composer Richard Strauss supposedly turned to his beloved daughter-in-law, and said: “Funny thing, Alice. Dying is just the way I composed it in ‘Death and Transfiguration.” Strauss was referring to a tone-poem he had written some 60 years earlier, when he himself was in the pink of health. “Death and ...…
 
This episode is sponsored by Dorico by Steinberg, the future of scoring. Visit www.dorico.com/tpc for a free 30-day trial version. Join The Portfolio Composer community and support the creation of the platform on Patreon. Just $1/month to enable the creation of more great content to help you build your career! Bruce Broughton has had a tremendo ...…
 
Among the more enduring souvenirs of the Paris World Exposition of 1889 was an impressive tower designed by a gentleman named Gustave Eiffel. Originally blasted as a grotesque eyesore by leading French artists—including the opera composer Charles Gounod—it was a smash hit with those attending the 1889 Exposition.Another great hit with attendees ...…
 
Renowned for his unique and sometimes complex original scores for the multi-award-winning video games BioShock, BioShock 2, BioShock Infinite; the dramatic orchestral score for EA Games’ adaptation of Dante Alighieri’s epic poem, Dante’s Inferno; and his BAFTA-nominated scores for Middle-Earth: Shadow Of Mordor and Middle-Earth: Shadow Of War, ...…
 
It's a catch-all, catch-up episode for the Battle Bards as they dig through new soundtrack releases from MMORPGs that they've covered in the past! You may be prepared for an eclectic and enjoyable mix of music -- but there is no way that you can steel yourself for the raw and heartfelt confessions that take place on this show. Episode 124 show ...…
 
Today marks the birthday of a much-loved American musical tradition: the Boston “Pops.” On July 11, 1885, the “Promenade” Orchestra (later dubbed the “Pops”) gave its first concert at Boston’s old Music Hall. The German conductor Adolf Neuendorff led a program that included Franz von Suppé’s “Morning, Noon and Night in Vienna” Overture, and Joh ...…
 
Parents worry. That’s their job. Take the parents of the American composer John Corigliano, Jr., for example. Both were musicians, and both knew that earning a living as a composer would be no easy task. For many years, Corigliano’s father was the concertmaster of the New York Philharmonic. Corigliano Junior recalls: “He did everything he could ...…
 
In Ep. XVIIIa, "The Candle in the Wind", first part of our massive grand finale! we start Beethoven on the last leg of his life. As a new father, and aging man with ill health, life would become more and more difficult for our great composer. His compositional life would prove more cumbersome as well, as massive new works that took a considerab ...…
 
Today marks the anniversary of the birth of the American composer David Diamond, born in Rochester, New York, on July 9, 1915, to Austrian and Polish immigrants. His father was a carpenter and his mother a dressmaker. When a little boy, Diamond taught himself violin and started composing tunes. In the 1930s, he studied composition with Howard H ...…
 
EVER FANCIED SOMEONE YOU ALSO THINK IS A BIT MINGING? WHAT'S THE BEST WAY TO NOT GET BURIED ALIVE?? SHALL WE COMPARE FINGER-WEBBING??! All these questions are frankly up for debate and discussion in this life-changingly educational episode of That Classical Podcast. If you don't like bad puns about shopping lists, look away now. Enjoy! Music Fe ...…
 
Christophe Beck and SESAC recently announced a new program designed increase diversity among the ranks of the Hollywood composers. Kristen Romanelli and Christopher Coleman break down the specific points of the program as well as ask questions about just what impact such a program could have as well as how diversity of fandom could play a role ...…
 
On today’s date in 1882, George Percy Aldridge Grainger was born in Brighton, Victoria. Although born in Australia, Grainger died in America, at the age of 79, in White Plains, New York, in 1961.Percy Grainger led a long and remarkable life as composer, concert pianist, and educator. He counted among his friends the Norwegian composer Edvard Gr ...…
 
You might say that if anyone can claim credit for having written the “soundtrack of our times,” that person would be the American composer and conductor John Williams.Somehow, in between writing dozens and dozens of film scores for movies ranging from “Star Wars” to “Schindler’s List,” and as conductor of the Boston Pops or the Hollywood Bowl, ...…
 
Donald Macleod explores the life and work of Italian experimental composer, Luciano Berio
 
For every person who has actually seen a production of Gershwin’s opera “Porgy and Bess,” there are thousands more who could recognize or even or sing a phrase or two of its hit tunes.In the 18th century, the same could be said of the operas of Mozart—in Prague they were so popular that their tunes were arranged for small wind bands to play on ...…
 
Welcome to the Proms issue podcast! This month we chat about the BBC Symphony Orchestra's new East London home, find out which musicians have been recognised in the Queen's Birthday Honours, and ponder who would win in a piano duel between robot and human.By rebecca.franks@immediate.co.uk (Rebecca Franks).
 
"Chamber music” is typically defined as “music written for and performed by a small ensemble, with one performer on a part, usually without a conductor.” To that description the Website of a Portland, Oregon, organization called Chamber Music Northwest, adds this description: “Music that is inspiring, stimulating and intensely personal.”And the ...…
 
Once, when someone asked JFK what his favorite song might be, the waggish former president responded: “Well, ‘Hail to the Chief’ has a nice ring to it.” As most people know, “Hail to the Chief” is the tune traditionally played to announce presidential arrivals at public events.What most people don't know is that the composer of the tune was Bri ...…
 
Remember “Y2K”—the Millennial Year 2000? It was a time of extravagant hopes and dire predictions, as pundits weighed in with their spin as the 20th century hastened to its end.Composers weighed in, too. The American Composers Forum and the National Endowment for the Arts collaborated on a project entitled “Continental Harmony,” which commission ...…
 
There’s nothing better than being outdoors on a glorious summer’s day, listening to live music. At least that’s what American composer Libby Larsen believes. “I grew up on outdoor concerts,” she recalls. “There was a bandstand by my house in Minneapolis and all summer long orchestras and bands would play there. There's really something special ...…
 
If you were thumbing through The New York Times for today’s date in 1867, under the banner “Amusements” you would have seen this notice: “Mr. Theodore Thomas, having returned home from his trip to Paris and Berlin, will resume personal control of the concerts given by his orchestra at Terrace Garden this evening.”Born in Germany in 1835, Theodo ...…
 
Under the old Julian calendar in use in Czarist Russia, on today’s date in 1861, the Romantic composer Anton Arensky was born in Novgorod. If you prefer, you can also celebrate Arensky’s birthday on July 12—the same date under the modern Gregorian calendar, but Arensky was such a Romantic that the Old Style date seems, well, more appropriate so ...…
 
Gordy Haab is a multi-award-winning film, video game and television composer who has written music for many well-known titles, including most recently: Microsoft’s “Halo Wars 2, and EA’s “Star Wars: Battlefront II”, and “Star Wars Battlefront I”, which won Music of the Year, Best Interactive Score, and Best Instrumental Score at the 2016 GDC G. ...…
 
This episode is sponsored by Dorico by Steinberg, the future of scoring. Visit www.dorico.com/tpc for a free 30-day trial version. Join The Portfolio Composer community and support the creation of the platform on Patreon. Just $1/month to enable the creation of more great content to help you build your career! Joel Corelitz is a composer who be ...…
 
The reign of the ancient Roman emperor Nero, notorious for its horrific deeds, was chronicled by the historian Tacitus. His account of the rise of the courtesan Poppea from being Nero’s mistress to his empress, provides the plot of one of the three surviving operas written by the 17th century Italian composer Claudio Monteverdi. Monteverdi’s “T ...…
 
It was recently announced that composer Dario Marianelli would write the original score for the upcoming BUMBLEBEE feature film (prequel to the Transformers films). Kristen Romanelli and Christopher Coleman not only react to this news, but share their personal histories with the Transformers franchise (the movies and beyond). Will there be even ...…
 
A decidedly UN-politically correct opera had its premiere at London’s Covent Garden on today’s date in 1905. It was entitled “L’Oracolo” or “The Oracle” by the Italian composer Franco Leoni. Here’s a witty one-sentence précis of the opera prepared by Nicolas Slonimsky for his chronology “Music Since 1900”:“L’Oracolo, an opera in one long act, d ...…
 
With eagerness in their hearts, the Battle Bards rush toward another Guild Wars 2 soundtrack, ready to bask in the aural glory of this MMO that's known for its incredible music. But hark! What is this Path of Fire? Join us for a listen through a soundtrack that one unnamed soundtrack reviewer has termed "bland and generic." If that isn't a back ...…
 
According to Emerson, “a foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds.” Well, we’re not sure if the composer Arnold Schoenberg ever read Emerson, but we think the 20th-century Austrian composer must have shared this principle with the 19th-century American essayist. Just when many people had Schoenberg comfortably pigeon-holed as an “at ...…
 
In the summer of 1912, the Vienna Philharmonic presented a week-long Music Festival that offered three “Ninths”—Beethoven’s Ninth conducted by Felix Weingartner, Bruckner’s Ninth conducted by Artur Nikisch, and, on today’s date, the world premiere of Gustav Mahler’s Ninth, conducted by Bruno Walter.Mahler had died the previous year, and the Vie ...…
 
In the middle of the 15th century, a German printer by the name of Johann Gutenberg invented a method of printing from moveable type cast in metal. His invention revolutionized the way books were printed, and the widespread dissemination of Gutenberg Bibles made his name famous in Europe.In the summer of 1840, the city of Leipzig planned to unv ...…
 
Today’s date marks the shared birthday of two of America’s most famous “maverick” composers, both hailing from California.June 24, 1901, is the birth date of Harry Partch, an Oakland native. Partch devoted his life to developing an alternate system of tuning, instead of the conventional Western system of equal temperament used, say, on pianos. ...…
 
Today we remember the Russian composer Rheinhold Glière, who died in Moscow on today’s date in 1956. These days Glière is probably best known for the popular “Russian Sailor’s Dance” from his ballet “The Red Poppy.”Glière was born in Kiev in 1875, and studied at the Moscow Conservatory, where he later became professor of composition. That was a ...…
 
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