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Contemporary Music 1945-1980

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Post-war music has seen a wealth of innovations—many of then strikingly original, some exceedingly complex. This illuminating appraisal features illustrations from the music of such composers as Stockhausen and Peter Maxwell Davies. Hosted by Hugh Wood, composer, lecturer, and Fellow of Churchill College, Cambridge.

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Approaches to Popular Music 1960-1980

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This invigorating discussion focuses on popular music considered as culture, and the influence of its aesthetics, from rhythm to lyrics. Hosted by Edward Lee, senior lecturer in English at Thames Polytechnic, London; and Graham Vulliamy, lecturer in Sociology at the University of York.

From Cave to Cavern: The History of Percussion Instruments

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The remarkable history of percussion instruments is traced through the Middle Ages and the Renaissance to the Classical Period. Hosted by James Blades, consultant Professor of Percussion at the University of Surrey.

A Jug of This: An Introduction to English Folk Music

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Folk songs have served as an illustration and illumination of social history. Here, these songs explore love, marriage, and affairs. Hosted by Roy Palmer, co-editor of Folk Music in Schools. He has compiled numerous anthologies of folk songs and street ballads.

Islands in the Sun: The Story of Reggae and Calypso

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Learn about the progression of music in the Caribbean from Rhythm and Blues to Reggae. Also included here is a demonstration of how a simple calypso tune can be composed and performed. Hosted by Felix Cross, composer, performer, and playwright who has written extensively about Caribbean music.

Reaction and Revolution: The Modern Period 1900-1945

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From Wagner to Schoenberg, this enlightening discussion focuses on the change in musical language around 1900. You will also hear some of the less radical elements of twentieth century music, finishing with the place of jazz in the period. Hosted by Dr. Wilfrid Mellers, composer, author, and formerly Professor of Music at the University of York.

Instruments Around the World

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This is truly world music—an international collection of musical instruments, including the koto (a Japanese zither), the duda (a Hungarian bagpipe), mbira (a linguaphone from Zimbabwe), and hardanger fiddle (a folk violin from Norway). Author and composer Andy Jackson talks to Jim Smith, editor of the Sussex Tapes Music series and Director of Music at the Royal Grammar School, Worcester, U.K.

Rachmaninoff

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1. Vocalise, Op. 34, No. 14 (6'08)
     Tchaikovsky Chamber Orchestra/Lazar Gosman

2. Piano Concerto No. 2 in C minor, Op. 18
     III. Allegro scherzando
(11'40)
     Yefim Bronfman, Piano
     Philharmonia Orchestra/Esa-Pekka Salonen

3. Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, Op. 43
     18th Variation
(2'40)
     Vladimir Feltsman, Piano
     Israel Philharmonic/Zubin Mehta

Brahms

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1. Hungarian Dance No. 5 (2'49)
     Tonhalle-Orchester Zurich/Christoph Eschenbach

2. Lullaby, Op. 49, No 4 (2'32)
     Columbia Symphony Orchestra/Andre Kostelanetz

3. Academic Festival Overture, Op. 80 (10'32)
     London Symphony Orchestra/Michael Tilson Thomas

Beethoven

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     Symphony No. 5 in C minor, Op. 67
1. I. Allegro con brio (8'35)
     New York Philharmonic/Leonard Bernstein

2. Minuet in G Major, WoO 10, No. 2 (2'58)
     (arr. Thomas Frost)
     Philadelphia Orchestra/Eugene Ormandy

3. Fur Elise (3'26)
     (Bagatelle in A minor, WoO 59)
     (arr. William Smith)
     Philadelphia Orchestra/William Smith

Chopin

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1. Polonaise in A Major, Op. 40, No. 1 "Military" (5'36)
     Philippe Entremont, Piano

2. Waltz in D-flat Major, Op. 64, No. 1 "Minute" (1'40)
     Hiroko Nakamura, Piano

3. Mazurka in C Major, Op. 24, No. 2 (1'59)
     Emanuel Ax, Piano

4. Waltz in C-sharp minor, Op. 64, No. 2 (3'16)
     Alexander Barilowsky, Piano

Schubert

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       Symphony No. 8 in B minor "Unfinished"
1.   Allegro moderato (13'50)
       New York Philharmonic/Leonard Bernstein

2.   marche militaire, Op. 51, No. 1 (4'07)
       Cleveland Pops Orchestra/Louis Lane

3.   Ave Maria (5'49)
       (arr. Arthur Harris)
       Isaac Stern, Violin
       Columbia Symphony Orchestra/Milton Katims

Verdi

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1.   "Grand March" from Aida 7'11
       Metropolitan Opera Orchestra & Chorus/James Levine

2.   "La donna e mobile" from Rigoletto 2'10
       Luciano Pavarotti, Tenor
       Symphony Orchestra of Emilia Romagna "ARTURO TOSCANINI" /
       Emerson Buckley

Wagner

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       Die Meistersinger
1.   Prelude to Act I 9'33
       Cleveland Orchestra/George Szell

       Lohengrin
2.   Bridal Chorus 4'48
       Chor der Bayreuther Festspiele
       (Norbert Balatsch, Director)
       Orchester der Bayreuther Festspiele/Woldemar Nelsson

Vivaldi

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       Concerto for Lute (Guitar), 2 Violins & Basso continuo in D Major, RV 93
1.   I. Allegro glusto 3'45
2.   II. Largo 4'29
3.   III. Allegro 2'05
       John Williams, Guitar
       Franz Liszt Chamber Orchestra/Janos Rolla

       Flute Concerto in D Major "Il Gardellino," RV 428
4.   I. Allegro 3'54
       Jean-Pierre Rampal, Flute
       I Solisti Veneti/Claudio Scimone

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