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Composer, conductor and commentator Rob Kapilow visits WBUR. (Joe Difazio/WBUR)MoreCloseclosemore
Composer, conductor and commentator Rob Kapilow visits WBUR. (Joe Difazio/WBUR)

Beethoven's "Symphony No. 1" is about as classical as classical music gets. But conductor, composer and author Rob Kapilow will make you hear Beethoven in a completely different way.

Kapilow has made a name for himself over the last 27 years with his "What Makes It Great?" series, dissecting the hidden majesty within some of the best-known musical compositions. His note-by-note exploration of Beethoven's "Symphony No. 1" has changed the way we listen to Beethoven, and most pop music.

This is a rebroadcast of a live conversation from March 3, 2016.


Rob Kapilow, conductor, composer, commentator and author, most recently of "What Makes it Great? Short Masterpieces, Great Composers." He's creator of the performance series "What Makes it Great?" He tweets @RobKapilow.

This segment aired on May 19, 2017.

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