earsense 3.0!

Welcome to a new version of earsense! The site has been enhanced in a variety of ways making it more powerful, friendly, elegant, useful and even more compelling. Enjoy! Contact us if you have questions, comments, problems or praise!

earsense

earsense is the chamber music exploratorium: a broad, deep, rich and comprehensive database of chamber music composers, works, videos, scores, program notes, glossary, links etc. and a very powerful search engine. more

Chamber Music

Simply put, chamber music is classical music for a small ensemble, typically, 3 to 6 players without a conductor. Intimate, intense, beautiful, adventurous and profound, chamber music has compelled the world's finest composers, players and listeners for nearly 500 years and still so vital today. more

Popular Favorites

A great place to discover chamber music or to expand your love and knowledge of the genre is the our list Popular Favorites. Here you will find a few hundred of the greatest, time-honored classics highlighting the most important composers, ensembles, styles and eras. explore

Musical Advent Calendar

For all faiths, celebrations and rituals, music is often an essential part, and it is from these expressions of humanity, hope and love that some of our greatest music has arisen. Among other things this season, we celebrate the miracle of music. Every year, earsense features a musical advent calendar! explore

Search

Given a vast database of chamber music composers and works (along with dates, times, tags, scores, videos and other relationships, etc.), one of the best things about earsense is a very powerful search engine. You can make simple but potentially rich keyword searches using the field at the top of every page or use the advanced search form for highly structured and precise queries. explore

Durations & Timing

Useful for presenters, performers, planning, study and comparision, earsense provides timings: the average duration of chamber music works and the movements they comprise. In most cases, the values are derived from a sampling of commercial recordings for the greatest validity. example

Scores

Work pages provide links to public domain scores from the International Music Score Library Project (IMSLP) when available. The IMSLP landing page provides not only (multiple) scores but also recordings, facts and notes detailing such things as composition, publication and premiere dates, dedication, publish information and links to larger contexts. We also proudly feature links to Edition Silvertrust scores from a fine publisher of lesser known chamber music works worthy of investigation. example

Movements

earsense is modeled down to the individual movement. Works with details show movement titles and durations, and you can search movements by title, duration, tags and more. Many works have one or more individual videos per movement making them a first class entity. example

Quotes

The earsense home page has famously featured a randomly selected thought-provoking, musically-related quote every time you visit. It used to be on the home page. It is now on the earsense dashboard along with other frequently changing and updated resources. explore

Lists

Lists are useful collections (e.g. playlists) of chamber music works: featured in book, presented by a festival, recommended by experts, offered by a publisher, etc. Also, derived lists: the most popular, outliers, focused on a specific ensemble, especially chosen for your listening pleasure. Useful for exploration, study, programming or simply curiosity, all about getting to know chamber music. explore

Anniversaries

The earsense dashboard features composer anniversaries: those who were born or died today. Coming soon, earsense will provide a service to determine important anniversaries of composers and works for a given date, ideal for thematic programming and planning repertoire. explore

Latest Videos

earsense features thousands of embedded YouTube chamber music videos with new ones added all the time. You can find a list featuring the most recently added videos on the earsense dashboard, essentially showing "what's new" at earsense. explore

Glossary

Work pages feature a context-sensitive glossary in the sidebar offering short, practical definitions of terms used in work and movement titles or highlighting technical aspects of the work's form, style or technique. Embedded links offer further exploration. example

Dashboard

The dashboard is a "busy box" of what's happening today, what's the latest and greatest at earsense featuring: anniversaries, latest videos, composers and works, a random quote, and running totals of items in the earsense database. It is intended as a quick overview as well as as a map for exploration with numerous opportunities to jump off or dive in. explore

Program Notes

earsense features articles and program notes from a variety of sources providing a verbal dimension for exploring music through history, aesthetics, analysis, philosophy, biography, etc.. If you wish to reprint anything PLEASE obtain permission from earsense. Otherwise, all rights are reserved and reproduction is strictly prohibited. explore

Timelines

earsense features timelines on composer and work pages both to give you a sense of historical context and to provide a means of exploration. Timelines vividly show something of history and relationship in a vivid graphic and the lines are links you can click to explore more. example

Audience

earsense is intended for a wide audience: music lovers, students, performers, teachers, presenters, composers, beginners, experts and the curious. Ideally, there is something useful and interesting for everyone. explore

Contact earsense

We love hearing from you! Contact us about anything: praise, criticism, questions, corrections, creative ideas, poetic ramblings, problems or suggestions. Here at earsense, we're all ears. contact