Music for Life is a music-appreciation and music-history based program that explores the purpose and value of music to humanity’s enrichment. Hosted by Ryan Malone, each episode of Music for Life surveys the history of music, introduces its major composers and plays examples from the standard repertoire. The selections played highlight each episode's particular theme. Along the way, the discussion is usually interspersed with three segments. These segments explore each episode's theme further.
The segment “Sounds of Scripture” surveys the biblical record's many references to music — giving a longer-sweeping historical perspective on the episode’s main theme, and giving insight into what ancient music was like. The segment “Classroom Corner” explores different methods and curricula for introducing young people to music. And in the segment “Backstage Banter,” Mr. Malone interviews performers on the concert circuit today for their perspectives on music. Finally, each episode will end with what Mr. Malone calls musical “dessert,” where he plays an example from the popular or folk tradition, or something of lighter fare musically — as relates to the episode’s main theme — to end the show.
In this episode, we explore compositions inspired by the memory of the deceased, or by death in general.
In this episode, we explore cellist Tess Remy-Schumacher, soprano Paula Malone and the program for their upcoming duo performance at Armstrong Auditorium.
In this episode, we explore repertoire for a single instrument that is usually grouped with other instruments—from solo cello to one-handed piano.
In this episode, we explore compositions intended to depict laughter or an element of humor.
In this episode, we explore composers whose fathers or sons were also composers—plus a Classroom Corner about what the less-musical or non-musical parents can listen for when their children are practicing.
In this episode, we sample vast array of composers whose original career paths were to become lawyers.
In this episode, we explore The Step Crew — the dancers and the band — and the program for their upcoming performance at Armstrong Auditorium.
In this episode, we explore the impact William Shakespeare had on the output of standard music history.
In this episode, we explore one of the most common lyrics in all sacred music: Hallelujah — and how that word has been treated in compositions throughout music history.
In this episode, we explore compositions written specifically to depict elements of evening or nighttime.