The Making Of Music


09Elizabeth I20070614Two composers, William Byrd and Thomas Tallis, turned the end of the 16th century into a golden age for English music, despite being on the wrong side of the political and religious divide.
38Pre-war Vienna20070919At the turn of the century, Vienna was one of the most exciting cities in the world. Alongside the ideas of Freud and the paintings of Klimt, composer Schoenberg was exploring new musical forms that he would eventually make his own. Music includes his Transfigured Night.
42The Path To War20070925Many composers' lives were shaped by the horrors of World War I. Some, like Ralph Vaughan Williams and Arnold Schoenberg, were drafted themselves. Including music by Gurney, Debussy and Berg.
43Out Of Fashion20070926After World War I, some composers were looking for a radical shift in classical music, while others, such as Strauss and Rachmaninov, carried on writing in old 19th century styles and went out of fashion. Music includes excerpts from Strauss's Elektra, songs by Rachmaninov, and The Tempest by Sibelius.
44Revolution In Russia20070927The Russian Revolution had a huge impact on music. For some composers, it symbolised freedom, but for many others it meant being under suspicion. Including music by Roslavets, Miaskovsky and Prokofiev.
46Into The Past20071001In the 1920s, Stravinsky, Poulenc and Prokofiev looked to the past to give a new dimension to their music, and neo-classicism became the vogue. Music includes Stravinsky's Pulcinella and Prokofiev's Classical Symphony.
49Stalin20071004When Stalin came to power, he wanted music that expressed socialist realism. How did composers like Shostakovich and Prokofiev fare under the Stalinist regime?
52Those Who Got Away20071009The story of what happened to the musicians who were exiles from Hitler's Europe. Bartok and Schoenberg fled to America, while others, like Goldschmidt, came to England.
53Britain Victorious20071010British composers responded to the war and its aftermath. Britten's Peter Grimes, first performed in June 1945, spoke to an audience that had been shaped by the experience of war.
54The Modernists20071011A new generation of post-war composers, John Cage, Olivier Messiaen and Pierre Boulez, wanted to sweep away the past and make music speak for a new world.
55Leonard Bernstein20071012Bernstein embraced the classical and the popular and pulled them together. His West Side Story in 1957 filled concert halls and theatres the world over.
56The Sixties20071015Modern composers were trying to make their voices heard above the noise of pop culture. What were Stockhausen, John Tavener and Peter Maxwell Davies writing in the 1960s?
57Dissent20071016How did music in the 1960s and 70s express political dissent? Hans Werner Henze used his music to communicate his loathing of Fascism and Henryk Gorecki found a musical voice to fire up a spiritual renewal in Eastern Europe.
58The Impact Of Technology20071017How have composers experimented with electronic technology to push the boundaries of what sounds are possible? And how have they used music to create the sounds of machines?
59A Time Of Plenty20071018John Tavener's Song for Athene was played at Princess Diana's funeral.

But what is the importance and impact of modern British composers?

60 LASTThe Making Of Music20071019Looking back at a journey from the early monasteries through the Renaissance, to the present day. Where have we come to and what is the current state of classical music?