The Story Of Music

Episodes

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01Simon Schama20130202

Simon Schama is the first of four prominent historians offering a personal musical narrative inspired by a chosen historical period. Simon looks at the years 1913-1938.

This was a period of enormous artistic variety. The period 1913-1938 took us from the advent of the First World War to the advent of the Second, and the intense political and social turmoil this prompted is reflected in the music that appeared.

Simon's selection begins with the ground-breaking and controversial first performance of Stravinsky's The Rite of Spring and continues with music by Gershwin, Weill, Bartok and Shostakovich among others.

02Bettany Hughes20130209

As part of the BBC 2 and BBC Radio 3's Story of Music series, four prominent historians choose musical narratives inspired by different historical periods. From the myths of Ancient Greece and Egypt to scenes from the Bible, Ancient Worlds have caught the imagination of artists, musicians and poets throughout the ages. Historian Bettany Hughes explores these Ancient Worlds through the sounds of antiquity and the influence that they have had on composers across time. Including works by Beethoven, Debussy and Handel alongside recreations of Greek and Roman music.

03Dan Snow20130216

In this edition of Saturday Classics, the historian Dan Snow presents a sequence of music relating to his favourite period in history - the Napoleonic Wars. Napoleon's exact contemporary Beethoven will feature heavily alongside music by Prokofiev, Tchaikovsky, Paisiello (Napoleon's favourite composer) and some of the Corsican polyphonic music of Napoleon's childhood.

03Saturday Classics20130216

03Saturday Classics2013021620150228 (R3)

In this edition of Saturday Classics, the historian Dan Snow presents a sequence of music relating to his favourite period in history - the Napoleonic Wars. Napoleon's exact contemporary Beethoven will feature heavily alongside music by Prokofiev, Tchaikovsky, Paisiello (Napoleon's favourite composer) and some of the Corsican polyphonic music of Napoleon's childhood.

04 LASTSaturday Classics20130223

Lucy Worsley looks at music for the reign of George III ending the series where well known historians present musical narratives inspired by favourite historical periods.

George III was one of the most musical of all the British monarchs. He had a passion for Handel whom he met in his youth and which prompted the composer to state that "While the boy lives, my music will never want a protector". And so it proved. Handel died before George came to the throne, but nonetheless his court would feature a daily concert of "ancient music" with Handel very much at its centre.

In Lucy Worsley's selection of music for George III, Handel features predominently, alongside music by Boyce, Arne, JC Bach, Abel, Haydn and Mozart.