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Decomposed with Jade Simmons

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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.
7 Episodes
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.
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 was born to play, and refused to stop.
Oil, meet fire

Oil, meet fire


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’ greatest musical masterpieces was ripped straight from the most scandalous moment of their marriage. For a complete list of the music in this episode, as well as recommended reading, visit
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 relationship of his life.
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, Shostakovich composed a symphony so powerful, it was smuggled halfway around the world in order to be played.
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 there’s a different way to consider the story we think we know.
A Cold War secret weapon

A Cold War secret weapon


George Gershwin visited African-American churches and nightclubs in South Carolina to craft the music for “Porgy & Bess.” Years after his death, the opera and its all-star cast played an unexpected role in Cold War relations.
Comments (8)

Ione Moraes

I loved this! Grl pwr

Apr 28th


I found this episode on the list of "Best Podcast Episodes of 2019" collated by Indie Wire and I'm so glad that I did! Easily my new favorite podcast.

Dec 21st

Ahmed Awami

do Mozart and Vivialdi next

Jul 25th

Maya Doumas

Love love love—waiting for the next episode!!! Thank you for doing this!

Jun 24th
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Joseph Gibb

Honestly one of my favorite new podcasts. This one is amazing

May 9th

Cristofer Dorante

OMG!!!! I WANT MORE OF THIS!!!! I'm in love with your podcast... so much drama, very well told!!!

May 8th

Keely Gasser

Beautiful episode keep them coming!

Apr 20th
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