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Four programmes in which leading musicians read from the autobiographical or biographical works of major composers.

4: Tenor Ian Bostridge reads letters written by Mozart in PARIS to his father in Salzburg.

In 1778 the young Mozart travelled to PARIS with his mother to seek fame and fortune.

But he found potential French patrons haughty, the musical establishment fickle and, to cap it all, his mother died during the visit.

Beethoven20010720

Leading musicians give readings to celebrate the start of the 2001 season of the Proms.

Music director of the London Mozart Players Andrew Parrott reads a selection of eyewitness accounts of Beethoven the pianist, conductor and composer.

Debussey20010717

Leading musicians give readings to celebrate the start of the 2001 season of the Proms.

Sir Roger Norrington reads from Debussy's witty, colourful and often caustic concert reviews, as translated by Richard Langham-Smith.

Elgar20010718

Leading musicians give readings to celebrate the start of the 2001 season of the Proms.

Violinist Tasmin Little reads from Rosa Burley's volume of memories of her friend, Edward Elgar

Janacek20010719

Leading musicians give readings to celebrate the start of the 2001 season of the Proms.

Music director of the ENGLISH National Opera Paul Daniel reads some of Czech composer Janacek's haunting memories of his home village.

Verdi20010716

Leading musicians give readings to celebrate the start of the 2001 season of the Proms.

Halle Orchestra music director Mark Elder reads from Verdi's `autobiographical sketch' of his early years.

01Job - Masque For Dancing20020715

Celebrating the start of the Proms this week.

1: Prunella Scales reads from the Old Testament Book of Job, which inspired Ralph Vaughan Williams's `Job - Masque for Dancing'.

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To celebrate the start of the Proms this week, performers appearing in the concerts read from writings connected with featured composers.

1: ENGLISH tenor Ian Bostridge reads from the letters and diary of Felix Mendelssohn from 1837.

After marriage in Frankfurt to Cecile, Mendelssohn is forced to leave his pregnant wife to travel to ENGLAND for performances of his new oratorio - `St Paul'.

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To celebrate the new season of Proms, performers appearing in the concerts read from writings connected with featured composers.

2: Stephen Cleobury, director of music at King's College, Cambridge, reads from the writings of J S Bach concerning the trials and tribulations of his years as cantor of St Thomas's, Leipzig.

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Celebrating the start of the Proms this week.

2: Conductor Robert King reads contemporary accounts of George II's coronation in 1727, which featured music by Handel.

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To celebrate the new Proms season, performers appearing in the concerts read from writings connected with featured composers.

3: Sir Arthur Sullivan died 100 years ago this year.

Mezzo-soprano Catherine Wyn-Rogers reads from W J Wells's biography, published in 1901.

03The Trojans20020717

Celebrating the start of the Proms this week.

3: Pianist Stephen Hough reads from Andrew Wilson's translation of Virgil's Aeneid.

The music is from Berlioz's opera `The Trojans'.

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To celebrate the start of the new Proms season, performers appearing in the concerts read from writings connected with featured composers.

4: Conductor Paul Daniel reads from the memoirs of pianist and composer Sergei Rachmaninov.

04Romeo And Juliet20020718

Celebrating the start of the Proms this week.

4: Carolyn Sampson and Daniel Jordan read extracts from `Romeo and Juliet', which inspired works by both Tchaikovsky and Prokofiev.

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To celebrate the start of the Proms, performers appearing in the concerts read from writings connected with featured composers.

5: Trevor Pinnock reads archive material relating to the first performances of Handel's `Messiah' in 1741-2.

05 LASTThe Firebird20020719

Celebrating the start of the Proms this week.

5: Conductor Leonard Slatkin reads a version of the RUSSIAn fairy tale which inspired Stravinsky's `The Firebird'.

Testimony: The Memoirs Of Shostakovich19980723

Performers appearing in the 1998 Proms season read from the writings of featured composers.

Conductor Mark Elder reads extracts from `Testimony: the Memoirs of Shostakovich', the composer's vivid, highly controversial picture of life for a musician under the Soviet regime (4/5).

01Evenings In The Orchestra19980720

Performers appearing in the 1998 Proms season read from the writings of featured composers.

Thomas Allen with tall tales from from Berlioz's `Evenings in the Orchestra' (1/5).

01My Life1999071220000502

Five programmes to celebrate the start of the 1999 season of Henry Wood Promenade Concerts.

The readings feature composers whose music can be heard in this year's Proms.

1: Extracts from Wagner's `My Life', read by conductor Mark Elder

02My Childhood19980721

Performers appearing in the 1998 Proms season read from the writings of featured composers.

Soprano Emma Kirkby reads extracts from the writings of Abbess Hildegard of Bingen (2/5).

02My Childhood19990713

Five programmes to celebrate the start of the 1999 season of Henry Wood Promenade Concerts.

2: Extracts from `My Childhood' by Carl Nielsen, read by tenor Robert Tear.

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Four programmes in which leading musicians read from the biographies of major composers.

2: Tenor Robert Tear reads extracts from `My Childhood' by Carl Nielsen, the Danish composer's magical account of his early years in the Funen countryside.

03Delius As I Knew Him20000504

Four programmes in which leading musicians read from the biographies of major composers.

3: Cellist Raphael Wallfisch reads `Delius as I Knew Him' by Eric Fenby.

03Music Is My Mistress19980722

Performers appearing in the 1998 Proms season read from the writings of featured composers.

Tenor Philip Langridge reads from the colourful notebooks kept by the composer Joseph Haydn during his visits to LONDON in the 1790s (3/5).

03Music Is My Mistress19990714

Five programmes to celebrate the start of the 1999 season of Henry Wood Promenade Concerts.

3: `Music Is My Mistress' by Duke Ellington, read by the bass Willard White.

04Delius As I Knew Him19990715

Five programmes to celebrate the start of the 1999 season of Henry Wood Promenade Concerts.

4: `Delius as I Knew Him' by Eric Denby, read by cellist Raphael Wallfisch.

05 LASTMy Life Of Music19980724

Performers appearing in the 1998 Proms season read from the writings of featured composers.

Andrew Davis, principal conductor of the BBC Symphony Orchestra, reads from `My Life of Music', the autobiography of Sir Henry Wood (5/5).

05 LASTMy Life Of Music19990716

Five programmes to celebrate the start of the 1999 season of Henry Wood Promenade Concerts.

5: Tenor Ian Bostridge reads letters written by Mozart in PARIS to his father in Salzburg.

01My Life1999071220000502

Four programmes in which leading musicians read from the autobiographical or biographical works of major composers.

1: Mark Elder reads extracts from `My Life' by Richard Wagner, including the account of Wagner's fateful visit to LONDON in 1855 when the critics hated his conducting, and he met Queen Victoria.