Noises, Sounds and Sweet Airs

Series produced by KCME

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Noises, Sounds and Sweet Airs, hosted by Michael Campion, is a program for people who don't care for contemporary music and those who do, but want a lighter hand on the throttle. It's an hour-long voyage of discovery into twentieth and twenty-first century music during which you'll experience some of the finest and most enjoyable works you'll ever hear.

Noises, Sounds and Sweet Airs is an hour-long weekly program produced and hosted by Michael Campion.


76 Pieces

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The history of percussion is as long as the history of music. Hundreds of instruments from around the world give indigenous music a unique identity...

  • Added: Sep 28, 2020
  • Length: 58:08
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The desire to create a distinctly French music in the late 19th century led to a rich, exotic sound, which was adapted by the French composers of t...

  • Added: Sep 28, 2020
  • Length: 58:04
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The vocalise, a song originally meant to teach singing technique, inspired composers of imagination to compose original works for the recital hall ...

  • Added: Sep 13, 2020
  • Length: 58:03
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A selection of music by composers born in September including Amy Beach, Gustav Holst, Dmitri Shostakovich and others.

  • Added: Sep 05, 2020
  • Length: 58:07
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Many composers have felt the pull of the sea and as a result there are a lot of powerful and moving works that take us on a magical voyage from the...

  • Added: Aug 29, 2020
  • Length: 57:55
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Legendary jazz clarinetist Benny Goodman wasn't just one of the most famous jazz musicians of his time, but he also sought out new works from some ...

  • Added: Aug 25, 2020
  • Length: 57:42
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Music inspired by all kinds of weather from sun to clouds to rain to cloudbursts and back again.

  • Added: Aug 16, 2020
  • Length: 58:04
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In 1937 Adolf Hitler ordered an exhibition of art that the National Socialists used to discredit artists that were considered degenerate. The follo...

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  • Added: Aug 03, 2020
  • Length: 58:10
  • Purchases: 1
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The list of American composers who traveled to Paris for the sole purpose of studying with the legendary Nadia Boulanger reads like a Who’s Who of ...

  • Added: Jul 19, 2020
  • Length: 57:07
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After dying out by the end of the eighteenth century, the harpsichord made a comeback in the 20th. Composers became interested in the instrument ag...

  • Added: Jul 15, 2020
  • Length: 58:01
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The music world is forever indebted to Frederick Chopin for his brilliant and insightful piano music. It changed the way musicians and composers th...

  • Added: Jun 27, 2020
  • Length: 57:42
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Music by composers born in the month of July. We'll hear from English Composers Gordon Jacob and George Butterworth, American David Diamond, Ottori...

  • Added: Jun 18, 2020
  • Length: 58:00
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Fairy Tales are the inspiration on the program. Music by Korngold, Coates, Ravel, and others from Mother Goose to the Brothers Grimm.

  • Added: Jun 07, 2020
  • Length: 58:11
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Film music by composers better-known for their concert works. Great selections by Ralph Vaughan Williams, Aaron Copland, Dmitri Shostakovich and ot...

  • Added: Jun 04, 2020
  • Length: 57:48
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The greatest tribute one composer can pay another is to make an arrangement of one of his works. Great composers of the last hundred years have som...

  • Added: May 22, 2020
  • Length: 58:05
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The recorded legacy of composers performing their own works is vast, but rarely heard. This week, a chance to hear piano music, via original record...

  • Added: May 09, 2020
  • Length: 58:00
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The guitar wasn't much on composer's radar for many years. The great guitar virtuosi of the 20th century changed all of this. Their incredible mast...

  • Added: May 02, 2020
  • Length: 58:05
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A selection of music inspired by the season of renewal. Works by Respighi, Delius, Debussy and others this week.

  • Added: Apr 23, 2020
  • Length: 58:07
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History, fiction or legend? A little of all three in a program of music inspired by legendary characters including Cyrano de Bergerac, Don Quixote,...

  • Added: Apr 10, 2020
  • Length: 57:45
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With very few classical traditions to look back on Irish composers at the turn of the 20th century had to forge a new musical personality for their...

  • Added: Mar 28, 2020
  • Length: 57:27