Keeping Score

Explorations into the Stories Behind the Music

Keeping Score was created by MTT with the San Francisco Symphony.

Discoveries for all: insights for curious listeners, educators, students and everyone in between.

Keeping Score

Berlioz: Symphonie fantastique

A self-portrait of its composer, Hector Berlioz.

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Beethoven’s Eroica

Beethoven called his Third Symphony “Eroica” (“Heroic”).

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Copland and the American Sound

Explore what brought Copland to write music that gave Americans a sense of identity.

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Ives Holidays Symphony

The composition encourages the listener to think about sound in new ways.

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Shostakovich Symphony No. 5

Publicly condemned, Shostakovich’s 5th Symphony saved his life. Was there a hidden meaning?

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Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring

Hear work that shocked the opening night audiences.

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Interactive Features

The Keeping Score web site is designed to give people of all musical backgrounds an opportunity to explore the music and life of the composers in the television series. Audio, video, and interactive material explores each composer’s scores and techniques, as well as the stories behind them.

To view an episode, please click on the composers.


Find out more about the ‘Keeping Score’ Radio series by visiting the ‘MTT Files’.

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