Discovering Music With Leonard Slatkin

Episodes

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01Rhythm20040103

The first of four programmes in which conductor Leonard Slatkin explores ways of listening with fresh ears to the basic elements of music.

How do composers use rhythm, and how do we hear it? Leonard deconstructs rhythmic patterns from samba to Stravinsky and ends with Ravel's Bolero.

02Melody19981222

Ten daily programmes in which conductor Leonard Slatkin and the BBC Philharmonic explore the language of music.

2: Melody.

Slatkin and the orchestra discover what's in a great tune, rewrite a Tchaikovsky melody to prove that composers usually do know best, outline scale systems used by Debussy and Webern, and end with a look at the last movement of Brahms's First Symphony.

usually do know best, outline the scale systems which Debussy and Webern used in `Voiles' and `Variations', Op 27, and end the programme by looking at the melody in the last movement of Brahms's First.

03Harmony1998122319990724

Ten daily programmes in which conductor Leonard Slatkin and the BBC Philharmonic explore the language of music.

3: Harmony.

Slatkin and the orchestra reveal the harmonic structures in Beethoven's Eroica Symphony, reharmonise a popular ballad to see if you can guess the tune, and end with Respighi's `Pines of Rome', a work usually remembered for its colourful orchestration rather than for its remarkable harmonies.

04Timbre19981224

Ten daily programmes in which conductor Leonard Slatkin and the BBC Philharmonic explore the language of music.

4: Timbre.

Copland compared timbre in music to colour in painting.

Slatkin and the orchestra reveal how different instruments create different moods, show how differently Beethoven's Fifth might have sounded, and end with a piece of Rimsky-Korsakov - the Capriccio espagnol.

05Theme And Variations19981225

Ten daily programmes in which conductor Leonard Slatkin and the BBC Philharmonic explore the language of music.

5: Theme and Variations.

Slatkin and the orchestra show how Rachmaninov creates a big piece out of one melody in his Paganini Rhapsody, and dips into pieces by Handel and Beethoven.

The complete Paganini Rhapsody is played in the recording by Vladimir Ashkenazy with the LSO conducted by Andre Previn

06Counterpoint19981228

Ten programmes exploring the language of music with conductor Leonard Slatkin and the BBC Philharmonic.

6: Counterpoint.

How many tunes can you follow at once? Many musicians think that counterpoint and its ultimate form - fugue - is the most difficult kind of technique for an audience to follow.

Slatkin and the orchestra explore music by great contrapuntalists, ending with a close look at Beethoven's Eroica Symphony.

07The Concerto1998122919990904

Ten daily programmes exploring the language of music with conductor Leonard Slatkin and the BBC Philharmonic.

7: The Concerto.

Slatkin and the orchestra explore the history of the concerto form, including the solo cadenza, and the programme ends with a classic recording of Mozart's Piano Concerto No 23 in A played by Clifford Curzon with the LSO conducted by Istvan Kertesz.

081999010519990911

Ten programmes exploring the language of music with conductor Leonard Slatkin and the BBC Philharmonic.

8: Sonata.

Slatkin and the orchestra explain why sonata form is so satisfying and show how Beethoven used it in his Fifth Symphony.

08Nimrod1998122519990925

Ten programmes exploring the language of music with conductor Leonard Slatkin and the BBC Philharmonic.

8: Sonata.

Slatkin and the orchestra explain why sonata form is so satisfying and show how Beethoven used it in his Fifth Symphony.

Magpie', Bach's Brandenburg Concerto No 2, and `Nimrod' from Elgar's Enigma Variations.

08Sonata19981230

Ten programmes exploring the language of music with conductor Leonard Slatkin and the BBC Philharmonic.

8: Sonata.

Slatkin and the orchestra explain why sonata form is so satisfying and show how Beethoven used it in his Fifth Symphony.

08Sonata19981231
10What To Listen For In Music1999010119991002

Leonard Slatkin and the BBC Philharmonic bring a fresh approach to listening to music.

10: `What to Listen for in Music'.

Slatkin and the orchestra show how to listen to unfamiliar music from Haydn to modern music.

Including a performance of William Bolcom's Symphony No 6.

/ Ten programmes in which conductor Leonard Slatkin and the BBC Philharmonic bring a fresh approach to listening to music.

10: In this final programme, inspired by Aaron Copland's book `What to Listen for in Music', he takes the pain out of getting your ears round something unfamiliar with a look at what to listen for in new music: not just modern compositions, but anything - even a Haydn symphony you have never heard before.

He is joined by the BBC Philharmonic to perform a piece that only a handful of people have heard so far - Bolcom's Symphony No 6.

X01The Rite Of Spring1998122119990710

Ten programmes in which conductor Leonard Slatkin and the BBC Philharmonic explore the language of music.

1: Rhythm.

Slatkin plays examples from bossa nova to hemiola, shows how Stravinsky put together the individual orchestral parts of `The Rite of Spring' and reveals how Ravel uses rhythm in a complete performance of `Bolero'.

Ten daily programmes in which conductor Leonard Slatkin and the BBC Philharmonic explore the language of music.

he conducts and then deconstructs `The Rite of Spring' to show how Stravinsky puts individual orchestral parts together.

Then he looks at the way Ravel uses rhythm in a complete performance of `Bolero'.

X021998122819990717

Ten programmes in which conductor Leonard Slatkin and the BBC Philharmonic explore the language of music.

2: Melody.

Slatkin and the orchestra discover what's in a great tune, rewrite a Tchaikovsky melody to prove that composers usually do know best, explore scales and note rows used by Debussy and Webern, and end with a look at the last movement of Brahms's First Symphony.

X03Pines Of Rome1998122319990724

Ten programmes in which conductor Leonard Slatkin and the BBC Philharmonic explore the language of music.

3: Harmony.

Slatkin and the orchestra reveal the harmonic structures in Beethoven's Eroica Symphony, reharmonise a popular ballad to see if you can guess the tune, and end with Respighi's `Pines of Rome', a work usually remembered for its colourful orchestration rather than for its remarkable harmonies.

X04Timbre In Music Is Analogous To Colour In Painting1998123019990731

Ten programmes in which conductor Leonard Slatkin and the BBC Philharmonic explore the language of music.

4: Composer Aaron Copland wrote that `timbre in music is analogous to colour in painting'.

Slatkin and the orchestra explore how composers use tone colour and try out the opening of Beethoven's Fifth with different instrumentation.

They end the programme with a performance of Rimsky-Korsakov's Capriccio espagnol.

X05Theme And Variations1999010619990807

Ten programmes in which conductor Leonard Slatkin and the BBC Philharmonic explore the language of music.

5: `Theme and Variations'.

Slatkin and the orchestra show how Rachmaninov creates a big piece out of one melody in his Paganini Rhapsody, and dips into pieces by Handel and Beethoven.

The complete Paganini Rhapsody is played in the recording by Vladimir Ashkenazy with the LSO conducted by Andre Previn

X061999011319990814

Ten programmes exploring the language of music with conductor Leonard Slatkin and the BBC Philharmonic.

6: Counterpoint.

Slatkin and the orchestra explore contrapuntal music, like fugues, ending with an exploration of Beethoven's Eroica Symphony.