The Sound Of The Orchestra

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199D0119991003

Gerard Mcburney presents six programmes investigating the sound-world of the orchestra with musical illustrations played by the BBC Philharmonic.

Today's programme uncovers how composers use the orchestra to create a chord, and how chords can become a dramatic musical tool in the opera house and concert hall.

199D02Mixing It19991010

Gerard Mcburney presents six programmes exploring the sound-world of the orchestra with musical illustrations played by the BBC Philharmonic.

2: `Mixing It'.

How composers blend different instruments to create a unique sound-world.

199D03Highs And Lows19991017

Gerard Mcburney presents six programmes exploring the sound-world of the orchestra with musical illustrations played by the BBC Philharmonic.

3: `Highs and Lows'.

Today's programme explores the extremes of orchestral register and how composers have pushed back the boundaries of orchestral technique.

199D04Strange Sounds19991024

Gerard Mcburney presents six programmes exploring the sound-world of the orchestra with musical illustrations played by the BBC Philharmonic.

4: `Strange Sounds'.

Today's programme examines how composers have experimented with the sound of orchestral instruments and looks at some of the dramatic effects this can achieve.

199D0519991031

Gerard Mcburney presents six programmes exploring the sound-world of the orchestra with musical illustrations played by the BBC Philharmonic.

Today's programme looks at how composers have used the orchestra to paint scenes in music, and how in particular Mozart, Mendelssohn, Wagner, Debussy and Britten have depicted the sea.

199D06Orchestral Rhythm19991107

`Orchestral Rhythm'.

Gerard Mcburney concludes his exploration of orchestral sound-world with a look at how composers have used the orchestra to experiment with rhythm.