Settling The Score

20 monthly documentaries surveying the range and diversity of 20th-century music in the words of the people who made it happen.

Narrated by Samuel West.

Episodes

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20090630

Tim Blackmore examines the complex relationship between composer and commissioner and asks if having boundaries set on the creative process is a help or a hindrance.

The programme follows the progress of writing a new musical, Feather Boy, by film composer Debbie Wiseman. She has been commissioned by the National Theatre to write for this musical which will performed in 'workshop' style in July. Her commissioner is the director Anthony Banks.

Tim Blackmore examines the complex relationship between composer and commissioner.

20090704

Tim Blackmore examines the complex relationship between composer and commissioner and asks if having boundaries set on the creative process is a help or a hindrance.

The programme follows the progress of writing a new musical, Feather Boy, by film composer Debbie Wiseman. She has been commissioned by the National Theatre to write for this musical which will performed in 'workshop' style in July. Her commissioner is the director Anthony Banks.

19990704

The monthly series of documentaries on 20th-century music, narrated by Samuel West, continues with a survey of the rapid technological advances which have taken us from cylinders and 78s to CDs and the internet and have transformed how we make and perceive music.

With contributions from historians Cyril Ehrlich, Paddy Scannell and Jenny Doctor, critics Simon Frith and Robert Philip, pianists Susan Tomes and Nikolai Demidenko and producers Jack Pfeiffer and Gidi Boss.

The Rite Of Spring19991003

Scholars Richard Taruskin and Stephen Walsh, dance historian Millicent Hoson, conductor Diego Masson and composer George Benjamin discuss the seminal score of Stravinsky's `The Rite of Spring', which changed the course of music and dance.

011900 - A Different Country19980104

20 monthly documentaries surveying the range and diversity of 20th-century music in the words of the people who made it happen.

Narrated by Samuel West.So near, and yet so far: a century ago, the piano held sway at home and sheet music ruled the streets, radio was a twinkle in Marconi's ear, and the gramophone a toy.

Britain had no musicians' union and no Copyright Act.

How did the musical, social and economic landscape of 1900 look to its inhabitants?

0419980405

This programme looks at words about music: what do you write, how do you say it and how has the 20th century changed all that? Written by Michael Oliver and narrated by Samuel West

10New Adventures19981206

During the 20th century, the langauge of music has expanded beyond Schoenberg's wildest dreams: the elements of rhythm, harmony and melody have been repeatedly refined and re-invented.

In the last of three programmes introduced by Samuel West, composers Elliott Carter, Pierre Boulez, John Tavener, Steve Reich, Alexander Goehr, Stephen Sondheim and Thomas Ades discuss melody and form.

1119990103

Film music has a far larger audience than concert music, and cinema has been called the opera of the 20th century, so just how significant is music written for the movies? With Carl Davis, Leonard Slatkin, Ken Russell and John Huntley, and with archive material from Miklos Rosza, Aaron Copland and Richard Rodney Bennett.

Presented by Samuel West

1219990207

The twelfth of 20 monthly documentaries surveying the range and diversity of 20th-century music is an exploration of the influence of the Orient on Western music, from the time Francis Drake first heard the gamelan on Java to the present day.

With contributors including George Benjamin, Robin Holloway, Donald Mitchell, Edward Said, Steve Reich, Neil Sorrell and Gyorgy Ligeti.

Narrated by Samuel West

19An Orchestra Is Exactly The Mirror Of Society19991107

The nineteenth of 20 monthly documentaries surveying 20th-century music, narrated by Samuel West.

For Pierre Boulez, `an orchestra is exactly the mirror of society'.

Denis McCaldin explores the life of the orchestra during this century with contributions from conductors, composers, players, managers and critics.

20 LAST19991205

The last of 20 monthly documentaries surveying the range and diversity of 20th-century music.

Narrated by Samuel West.

On the eve of the millennium, leading figures from the world of music consider the state of their art and speculate about the development of music in the next century.