Decomposed with Jade Simmons

7 EpisodesProduced by American Public Media

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… read more

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Introducing Decomposed with Jade Simmons

April 2nd, 2019


Coming April 16, Decomposed breaks down the stories that have shaped classical music. Hosted by pianist Jade Simmons, this new podcast will change the way you hear the notes.

“A fallen, abominable, wicked girl”

April 16th, 2019


Clara Schumann was a child prodigy turned international sensation — when she never should have been on stage at all. This is the story of a woman who …

Oil, meet fire

April 23rd, 2019


Richard Strauss and his wife Pauline de Ahna are often described as artist and muse. But you’ve never met a muse like Pauline. One of Strauss’ …

“Why did you betray me?”

April 30th, 2019


This is the story of two letters Tchaikovsky received in the mail. One would lead to his greatest mistake; the other to the most intimate …

Symphony for a starving city

May 7th, 2019


Making music under Stalin was a dangerous undertaking — it could end with applause or in a prison camp. In the brutal grip of World War II, …

“There is only one Beethoven”

May 14th, 2019


Everybody knows the Beethoven story: He’s a brilliant composer who faced hearing loss; a genius who couldn’t listen to his own masterpieces. But …

A Cold War secret weapon

May 21st, 2019


George Gershwin visited African-American churches and nightclubs in South Carolina to craft the music for “Porgy & Bess.” Years after his death, …

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