Five of the best British contemporary composers talk about politics, society and the current events which inform and inspire their music.
Critic Paul Driver asks if their work springs from a need to meet the challenges of the modern world or to retreat from it.Alexander Goehr comes from an eminent musical family which emigrated from Germany before the Second World War.
A modernist composer with a caustic wit, his view of the relationship between music and propaganda is particularly pertinent at a time when the West is at War on Terror.
Robin Holloway started his musical life as a chorister at St Pauls Cathedral school.
His music draws its inspiration from the past but he's far from an old fogey.
s work began with complex operas based in faraway lands and exotic locations.
Now she writes about one of Londons best known traffic roundabouts - at the Elephant & Castle.
's discusses how his politics inform his work.
Can there be such a thing as homosexual music?
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s interest in music began with the study of medieval texts, but look at his work today and youll find avant-garde Buddhism, bird song, electronica and contemplation.