Ep 18 : “Why would a composer cancel his own music? Camille Saint-Saëns - Carnival of the Animals.”
It’s 1886 and by now 51 years old Camille Saint-Saëns is a serious public figure. A conservative composer of traditional music ... or is he?
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Ep 17 : “The Medieval Wheel of Fortune - Carmina Burana by Carl Orff.”
Although inspired by an obscure book of poetry from an even more obscure religious sect, the message in Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana is surprisingly relevant to modern audiences: no one is immune to the whims of Lady Luck.
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Epi 16 : “1924-The year Jazz crashed Classical Music’s party - Rhapsody in Blue by George Gershwin.”
George Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue captured the spirit of American culture and art in the early 20th century - Exuberant, restless innovation, and a healthy disregard for the rulebook.
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Ep 15 : “The Mysterious Mr Elgar-The Enigma Variations by Edward Elgar”
How to win friends and influence people! They say great friends are hard to find, difficult to leave, and impossible to forget. Well, not if you're Edward Elgar. He counted up his friends. He gave them each a theme tune. He threw in an enigma. And he dazzled (and mystified...) generations to come.
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