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 presents a musical advent calendar featuring somewhat rarefied "classical" music inspired by the season, a wonderful counterpoint to the "usual suspects." explore

Visualize Beethoven's String Quartets with Stephen Malinowski

Stephen Malinowski, inventor of the Music Animation Machine, has collaborated with the award-winning Alexander String Quartet to produce a set of stunning animations for Beethoven's complete string quartet cycle: a visual realization of the scores artfully highlighting a myriad of musical aspects. See the music with your eyes and augment your ears immeasurably. To learn more about Stephen Malinowski and his Beethoven animations, read his notes.

St. Lawrence String Quartet - Haydn Op. 20

The St. Lawrence String Quartet has released their highly anticipated recording of Haydn's 6 Op. 20 string quartets. A superb, world-renowned string quartet in general, the SLSQ is particularly celebrated for their Haydn and this recording is a revelation: no other quartet has the ability to make Haydn come so alive, to make Haydn sound so good. Haydn's seminal Op. 20 is the first watershed in the history of the string quartet, the first great set of masterworks in the genre. With the latest tech and the greatest generosity, the SLSQ has provided numerous options for listening: free streaming, pay as you see fit download, CD and even vinyl LP for the ultimate audiophile. earsense celebrates this extraordinary achievement. explore


earsense is the chamber music exploratorium: a broad, deep, rich and comprehensive database of chamber music composers, works, movements, 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 is 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

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Music@Menlo: 2019

The Music@Menlo Chamber Music Festival and Institute presents The 17th Season: Incredible Decades from July 12-August 3, 2019. This list features the composers and works preformed throughout the festival this season. explore


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Composers, works and movements can be "tagged" to provide additional classifications, for example, "fugue, "Baroque", "theme and variations", "impressionism", "atonal" and much more. You can show/hide tags (settings) and also use them in searches. Like tags on most sites, they are meaningful keywords. explore


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


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


You can customize how earsense looks and behaves in a variety of ways to suit your personal preferences. Your settings are saved in a cookie and remain in effect for that browser/device combination until you change them again. 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


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


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


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

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


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


Work pages provide links to public domain scores from the International Music Score Library Project (IMSLP) when available. The IMSLP pages provide all kinds of detailed information in addition to the score itself. We also proudly feature links to Edition Silvertrust scores from a fine publisher of lesser known chamber music works worthy of investigation. example


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

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


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

Composer Dictionary

As a chamber music exploratorium, earsense provides several ways to search, browse and explore. You can browse composers using a "traditional" dictionary interface from A to Z. Each letter is apt to have several pages of composers. For more specific searching, filtering or sorting, use the search engine. browse


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

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