Workout for the Ear

This is a Workout for the Ear, for your personal training – while sitting on the bus, while jogging or while lying on the sofa at home. Get to know yourself as a music listener

You can practice your listening skills just like you can practice running or cooking. Different environments teach you how to listen consciously, attentively and diversely. Enjoy your trip into the world of music!

How to use the Workout for the Ear: 

1. Accept yourself as a listener.

2. Every listening experience is subjective.

3. You cannot like everything, and you do not need to.

Exercise paths


Familiar classics

Ludwig van Beethoven 
Carl Orff 
Maurice Ravel 
Richard Strauss
Johann Strauss Sr.

Renaissance elegance

Josquin des Prez
Tomás Luis de Victoria
Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina
Claudio Monteverdi

Baroque ornaments

J. S. Bach
G. F. Händel 
Antonio Vivaldi 

Classical gems

Ludwig van Beethoven
W. A. Mozart 
Joseph Haydn

Romanticism emerges

Felix Mendelssohn 
Franz Schubert 
Robert Schumann 


Death and love

Ernest Chausson 
Camille Saint-Saëns 
Pjotr Tšaikovski 

Overtures and tone poems

Felix Mendelssohn 
Richard Wagner 
Max Reger 
Richard Strauss 


Concerto festival

Ludwig van Beethoven 
Sergei Rahmaninov
Jean Sibelius

Beloved symphonies

Johannes Brahms 
Anton Bruckner 
Pjotr Tšaikovski 
Dmitri Šostakovitš 

Early 20th-century trends

Igor Stravinsky 
Claude Debussy
Ottorino Respighi 

Towards new forms of expression

Arnold Schönberg 
Alban Berg 
Anton Webern 
Dmitri Šostakovitš 

The modern era

Krzysztof Penderecki 
György Ligeti 
Karlheinz Stockhausen 

Jean Sibelius

Sinfoniat nro 1-7
Tapiola op. 112
Lemminkäissarja op. 22

Exploring Finland

Kaija Saariaho 
Einojuhani Rautavaara 
Magnus Lindberg 


You can now watch and listen to HPO concerts in the comfort of your very own armchair, streamed online.
The pre-concert talk (in Finnish) will help to put you in the mood. During the interval you can also meet more interesting people and hear what goes on behind the scenes.