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01Sarah Walker20170102

Breaking Free - the minds that changed music.

In The Essay this week, personal reflections on the revolutionary music and ideas of the Second Viennese School as they searched for an antidote to all the certainties and expectations of the past, and cast music on a new path of dissonance and discovery, shocking audiences then and now.

Tonight's essayist is Radio 3 presenter and pianist Sarah Walker who describes the experience of learning and performing Schoenberg's Suite for piano (Op.25) for her MA recital.

02Stephen Johnson20170103

Breaking Free - the minds that changed music

In The Essay this week, personal reflections on the revolutionary music and ideas of the Second Viennese School as they searched for an antidote to all the certainties and expectations of the past, and cast music on a new path of dissonance and discovery, shocking audiences then and now.

Tonight's essayist is broadcaster and journalist Stephen Johnson who has chosen Schoenberg's Second String Quartet as his touchstone - a work that defines Schoenberg's movement away from traditional tonality and embraces the dissonance.

03Gillian Moore20170104

Breaking Free - the minds that changed music.

In The Essay this week, personal reflections on the revolutionary music and ideas of the 2nd Viennese School as they searched for an antidote to all the certainties and expectations of the past, and cast music on a new path of dissonance and discovery, shocking audiences then and now.

Tonight's essayist is Gillian Moore, Head of Classical Music at Southbank Centre in London. She talks about Alban Berg's relationships with key women in his life, including his final operatic creation "Lulu".

04Tom Mckinney20170105

Breaking Free - the minds that changed music.

In The Essay this week, personal reflections on the revolutionary music and ideas of the Second Viennese School as they searched for an antidote to all the certainties and expectations of the past, and cast music on a new path of dissonance and discovery, shocking audiences then and now.

Musician and broadcaster Tom McKinney recalls his "first contact" with the music of Webern - his Five Pieces for Orchestra, Op.5, and then taking part in a transformative performance of the same work as a professional musician.

05Bethany Bell20170106

Breaking Free - the minds that changed music.

In The Essay this week, personal reflections on the revolutionary music and ideas of the Second Viennese School as they searched for an antidote to all the certainties and expectations of the past, and cast music on a new path of dissonance and discovery, shocking audiences then and now.

Bethany Bell is a BBC foreign correspondent and has lived in Vienna for 15 years. In tonight's Essay Bethany remembers living in Mödeling, a town near Vienna where Schoenberg lived and where on walks with Berg and Webern he devised his radical ideas for music.