Writing Music [the Essay]

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Barbara Trapido on Stravinsky2018121320181211 (R3)

Annie Proulx wrote, in The Shipping News: "You know, one of the tragedies of real life is that there is no background music". In this series of Radio 3's The Essay authors meditate on a piece of music that has formed the back-drop to their craft. In five intimate radio essays they explore how pieces inspire creativity through mood, narrative or structure, inviting us to step into the music – and the author’s – inner world.

Best-selling novelist Barbara Trapido was so inspired by Stravinsky’s ‘re-composed’ Pulcinella ballet, it sparked not one book, but two. In this short radio essay she explores how in the ballet – as in her writing – nothing is as it seems.

Producer, Miranda Hinkley.
Executive Producer, Peggy Sutton.
A Somethin' Else production for BBC Radio 3.

For Barbara Trapido, nothing is as it seems in Stravinsky\u2019s ballet, Pulcinella.

Essays from leading writers on arts, history, philosophy, science, religion and beyond

Hannah Beckerman on Brahms20181213

Annie Proulx wrote, in The Shipping News: "You know, one of the tragedies of real life is that there is no background music". In this series of Radio 3's The Essay authors meditate on a piece of music that has formed the back-drop to their craft. In five intimate radio essays they explore how pieces inspire creativity through mood, narrative or structure, inviting us to step into the music – and the author’s – inner world.

Journalist and author Hannah Beckerman’s relationship with Brahms’ Second Piano Concerto goes back a long way. In this short radio essay she reveals how its fourth movement is a masterclass in storytelling.

Producer, Miranda Hinkley.
Executive Producer, Peggy Sutton.
A Somethin' Else production for BBC Radio 3.

For Hannah Beckerman, Brahms's Second Piano Concerto is a masterclass in storytelling.

Essays from leading writers on arts, history, philosophy, science, religion and beyond

Hermione Hoby on Steve Reich20181210

Annie Proulx wrote, in The Shipping News: "You know, one of the tragedies of real life is that there is no background music". In this series of Radio 3's The Essay authors meditate on a piece of music that has formed the backdrop to their craft. In five intimate radio essays they explore how pieces inspire creativity through mood, narrative or structure, inviting us to step into the music – and the author’s – inner world.

New York based author and journalist Hermione Hoby has listened to Steve Reich’s Music For 18 Musicians almost every day for the last seven years. In this short radio essay she reveals how this classic piece of minimalism helps her write.

Producer, Miranda Hinkley.
Executive Producer, Peggy Sutton.
A Somethin' Else production for BBC Radio 3.

Author Hermione Hoby reveals how Steve Reich\u2019s Music For 18 Musicians helps her write.

Essays from leading writers on arts, history, philosophy, science, religion and beyond

Minoo Dinshaw on Mendelssohn20181212

Annie Proulx wrote, in The Shipping News: "You know, one of the tragedies of real life is that there is no background music". In this series of Radio 3's The Essay authors meditate on a piece of music that has formed the back-drop to their craft. In five intimate radio essays they explore how pieces inspire creativity through mood, narrative or structure, inviting us to step into the music – and the author’s – inner world.

Biographer Minoo Dinshaw is drawn to Mendelssohn’s ‘Scottish’ Third Symphony. Tuning in to its emotional landscape and atmosphere, he questions the piece’s – and his own – identity.

Producer, Miranda Hinkley.
Executive Producer, Peggy Sutton.
A Somethin' Else production for BBC Radio 3.

Minoo Dinshaw questions identity by tuning in to Mendelssohn\u2019s \u2018Scottish\u2019 Third Symphony.

Essays from leading writers on arts, history, philosophy, science, religion and beyond

Preti Taneja on Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan20181214

Annie Proulx wrote, in The Shipping News: "You know, one of the tragedies of real life is that there is no background music". In this series of Radio 3's The Essay authors meditate on a piece of music that has formed the back-drop to their craft. In five intimate radio essays they explore how pieces inspire creativity through mood, narrative or structure, inviting us to step into the music – and the author’s – inner world.

Earlier this year, Preti Taneja’s first novel We That Are Young, a re-imagining of King Lear set in contemporary India, won the Desmond Elliot prize. In this emotional radio essay she mediates on the awe-inspiring power of a Sufi devotional song by Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan: Yaad-E-Nabi Ka Gulshan Mekha.

Producer, Miranda Hinkley.
Executive Producer, Peggy Sutton.
A Somethin' Else production for BBC Radio 3.

Author Preti Taneja mediates on a Sufi devotional song by Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan.

Essays from leading writers on arts, history, philosophy, science, religion and beyond