Discovering Music

Why didn’t famous composers write national anthems?

Why didn’t famous composers write national anthems?

National anthems are among the most regularly heard and instantly recognisable pieces of music of all, so why have virtually none been written by well-known composers? Alex Marshall investigates...

5 of the best works by Clara Schumann

5 of the best works by Clara Schumann

Charlotte Perkins explores the music of the Romantic composer

Whose tune is it anyway?

Whose tune is it anyway?

So, who wrote Albinoni’s beautiful Adagio? And what about Bach’s famous Toccata and Fugue in D minor? The answers are not that obvious, says Roderick Swanston, as not all music was written by who we think it was…

Musical memory | Why are orchestras learning symphonies off by heart?

Musical memory | Why are orchestras learning symphonies off by heart?

Stephen Johnson meets members of the orchestra whose trademark is its memory 

Best classical works for saxophone

Best classical works for saxophone

The composers who wrote for the saxophone's sound 

15 operas ripe for rediscovery

15 operas ripe for rediscovery

Robert Thicknesse names fifteen fabulous but forgotten operas 

Composers with wretched love lives

Composers with wretched love lives

We take a Valentine's Day look at the painful world of passion

What’s your favourite work by Felix Mendelssohn?

What’s your favourite work by Felix Mendelssohn?

Seven leading Mendelssohn performers tell us which of his works inspire them above all others

Can you whistle Schoenberg?

Can you whistle Schoenberg?

Did Schoenberg really consider himself the composer of catchy little tunes? Rick Jones tests out this theory on two junior human guinea-pigs

80 years of television theme music

80 years of television theme music

We mark a TV milestone by naming our favourite introductory tunes

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