Episodes

SeriesEpisodeTitleRepeatedComments
0101Origins20110627

James Naughtie discovers how history has shaped classical music. The origins of this music begin in the churches and monasteries of the Christian world, from Constantinople in the East to Iona in Scotland. The building blocks of classical music were formed.

Produced by Rosie Boulton, Sara Conkey, Lucy Lunt

BBC Birmingham.

James Naughtie looks at how history has shaped classical musical.

0102Notre Dame20110628

James Naughtie discovers how history has shaped the development of classical music. Notre Dame in Paris was consecrated in 1163. Paris was the centre of intellecual life in Europe. As Notre Dame was being built, two men were writing the music that would fill it. Perotin and Leonin are the first named composers that come down to us through history.

Produced by Rosie Boulton, Sara Conkey , Lucy Lunt

BBC Birmingham.

James Naughtie discovers how history has shaped the development of classical music.

0103Troubadours20110629

James Naughtie discovers how history has shaped the development of classical music. Across Europe in courts and great houses, music was beginning to celebrate the human as well as the divine. The Troubadours wrote songs of love, jealously and betrayal.

Reader: Benedict Cumberbatch

Produced by Rosie Boulton, Sara Conkey, Lunt Lunt

BBC Birmingham.

James Naughtie discovers how history has shaped the development of classical music.

0104Burgundy20110630

James Naughtie discovers how history has shaped the development of classical music.Philip The Good, the Duke of Burgundy funded great musicians Dufay and Binchois. They in turn were influenced by an English composer, John Dunstable. His style was imitated in the Burgundy court and gave music there ' an English countenance.'

Produced by Rosie Boulton, Sara Conkey and Lucy Lunt.

BBC Birmingham.

English composer John Dunstable's style was a strong influence in the Burgundy court.

0105The Renaissance20110701

James Naughtie discovers how history has shaped the development of classical music.The world was changing: in the Renaissance, man was well as God was celebrated in music and the arts. In Ferrara, Italy, Josquin Desprez wrote as mass that immortalised his patron, the Duke Ecole d'Este I. Missa Hercules dux Ferrariae was based on the syllables of the Dukes name.

Reader: Simon Russell Beale

Produced by Rosie Boulton, Sara Conkey, Lucy Lunt.

BBC Birmingham.

Music and the arts were beginning to celebrate man as well as God.

0106The Reformation20110704

James Naughtie discovers how history has shaped the development of classical music. Why should the Devil have all the best tunes? Luther changed religion and religious music forever. He harnessed secular songs for sacred purposes and introduced congregational singing.

Reader: Benedict Cumberbatch

Produced by Rosie Boulton, Sara Conkey, Lucy Lunt

BBC Birmingham.

Exploring how Martin Luther changed religion and religious music.

0107The Counter Reformation20110705

James Naughtie discovers how history has shaped the development of classical music. Luther's hymns were accessible - and popular. The Counter Reformation responded to Luther's musical revolution by giving an edict that the words of church music had to be clear and understood. This is the story of the composer Palestrina who became embroiled in the politics of the high church.

Reader : Simon Russell Beale

Produced by Rosie Boutlon, Sara Conkey, Lucy Lunt

BBC Birmingham.

The composer Palestrina became accidentally embroiled in the politics of the high church.

0108Venice20110706

James Naughtie discovers how history has shaped the development of classical music. An uncle and nephew, Andrea and Giovanni Gabrieli wrote music that filled St Marks Basilica, using the space as a stage for many voices. The music inspired travellers who passed through the Serene City, then the crossroads of the known world.

Reader: Laurence Fox.

Produced by Rosie Boulton, Sara Conkey, Lucy Lunt

BBC Birmingham.

Uncle and nephew Andrea and Giovanni Gabrieli wrote music that filled St Mark's Basilica.

0109Elizabeth I20110707

James Naughtie discovers how history has shaped the development of classical music. Two composers, William Byrd and Thomas Tallis, turned the end of the sixteenth century into a golden age for English music, despite being on the wrong side of the political and religious divide.

Produced by Rosie Boulton, Sara Conkey and Lucy Lunt

BBC Birmingham.

The end of the 16th century was a golden age for English music.

0110The Birth Of Opera20110708

James Naughtie discovers how history has shaped the development of classical music. Opera was invented by a group of Italian intellectuals called the Camerata in Florence around 1600. They stumbled across something extraordinary - why not tell a story in music? It took off and soon theatres were springing up all over Italy - forty in Venice alone.

Reader Benedict Cumberbatch

Produced by Rosie Boulton, Sara Conkey and Lucy Lunt.

BBC Birmingham.

The idea of telling a story in music proved immediately successful across Italy.