In the first of two programmes, Christopher Cook surveys the history of how people have listened to classical music from medieval times to the present day. He discovers how minstrels entertained the nobility in the royal courts and how the Civil War triggered the beginnings of the formal concert as we know it today.
Christopher Cook concludes his history of how people have listened to classical music. The impact of the recording industry on the 20th century has been both miraculous and destructive. The accessibility of music means that our knowledge of the great works are now taken for granted - unlike the Victorians, who prepared for concerts by learning transcriptions of orchestral music on the piano.