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Art for Ears

Series produced by The Fine Arts Society of Indianapolis

Caption: Amanda Ratliff
Amanda Ratliff 

What makes music "tick?" How do great performers and composers use their artistry to reach us in such profound ways? These are the sorts of questions that Amanda Ratliff strives to answer on the award-winning radio program Art for Ears.

Amanda analyzes music at its most basic level, unlocking its secrets in plain language that students of all ages can understand. With excerpts of longer masterpieces, or complete recordings of shorter works, each episode of Art for Ears serves as a cohesive 30-minute survey of classical music.

Take your listeners on an unforgettable journey through the world of musicians and their craft, with host Amanda Ratliff and Art for Ears!


13 Pieces

Order by: Newest First | Oldest First
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Supposedly someone asked Franz Josef Haydn why the Dona nobis pacem of his “Nelson” Mass was so exhilarating, and not the expected peaceful atmosph...

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  • Added: Sep 08, 2009
  • Length: 27:38
  • Purchases: 1
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In this program we explore legends kept alive by historic recordings and the performers’ unmatched contributions to the musical world.

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  • Added: Aug 28, 2009
  • Length: 28:52
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This week we study great legends of the past—legendary performers, legendary recordings.

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  • Added: Aug 24, 2009
  • Length: 28:10
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In today’s program we study musical works that have received a "Change of Clothes."

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  • Added: Aug 14, 2009
  • Length: 28:38
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Every dedicated listener surely has favorite Chopin performances.

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  • Added: Aug 07, 2009
  • Length: 26:41
  • Purchases: 1
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Featuring programmatic music of Richard Strauss (selections from Don Quixote); Liszt (an excerpt of Vallée d’Obermann from the Swiss book “Years of...

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  • Added: Jul 31, 2009
  • Length: 27:07
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This week we consider the influence of astrology and mythology on music.

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  • Added: Jul 24, 2009
  • Length: 26:29
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The great lyricist Sammy Cahn once wrote the famous “Call me irresponsible” for a 1963 film. We all know the words sung by Frank Sinatra: “call me ...

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  • Added: Jul 16, 2009
  • Length: 27:18
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Memorable moments in opera include great duets by peerless partners.

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  • Added: Jul 16, 2009
  • Length: 26:53
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Many times in the arts, in literature, in any discipline, a turning point in a story hinges on one decision, on one unfolding, on one change of dir...

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  • Added: Jul 02, 2009
  • Length: 28:36
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In today’s program we play “Follow the Leader” and listen to pieces in which one instrument imitates another.

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  • Added: Jun 29, 2009
  • Length: 25:54
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We have music inspired by masterful verse, music inspired by vivid images and effective narratives.

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  • Added: Jun 19, 2009
  • Length: 27:06
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How do composers create lively dialogues or exchange spirited thoughts with their instrumental music?

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  • Added: Jun 12, 2009
  • Length: 28:21
  • Purchases: 1