September 13, 2019 is the 200th birthday of world-renowned performer and composer Clara Schumann.
Decomposed podcast host Jade Simmons narrates this fascinating, thoughtful biographic feature on Schumann, and the challenges and choices she had to make as a female musical prodigy in the 19th century.
Decomposed breaks down the stories that have shaped classical music, from secrets and scandals to acts of sheer genius. Hear these stories accompanied by the symphonies, operas and other masterpieces they inspired. Hosted by Jade Simmons, a classical concert pianist and storyteller, the first season of Decomposed takes on gender expectations, Cold War propaganda and the danger of putting your personal life on the stage. Produced in partnership with Classical Minnesota Public Radio.
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One hour. Approximately 45 minutes of music, with approximately 15 minutes of commentary.
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Preview audio available: August 19
Promo spot available: August 30
Program and rundown available: August 30
September 1-30, 2019, with multiple airings permitted.
Affiliate stations may carry this program multiple times before October 1, 2019. The program must be carried in its entirety. No excerpting is permitted. Simulcast streaming rights are available for this program. Prior to carrying this program, stations must contact their American Public Media Station Relations Representative.
Named one of the "Best Keynote Speakers of 2019" (Northstar Meetings), Jade spent the first few years of her career performing as a classical concert pianist. Following an artistic epiphany, she pivoted from playing the piano to impress audiences, to using the piano as the vehicle by which to provide the inspiration, information and entertainment that profoundly moves them instead. The results have been, well…darn impressive. No stranger to pushing boundaries to see bold results, this concert pianist turned world changer inspires seismic shifts in mindsets and activates audiences to go out and instantly start living more consequential lives of impact.
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