Discovering Music

What we'd like for Christmas...

What we'd like for Christmas...

Last-minute present inspiration from the BBC Music Magazine team

A very Victorian Christmas

A very Victorian Christmas

Tales of Christmas music from your favourite Victorian authors.

Top 5 Sibelius works

Top 5 Sibelius works

Discover five essential Sibelius works

A Brief History of Christmas Music

A Brief History of Christmas Music

Roderick Swanston investigates what gives Christmas music its festive air…

Stravinsky's Star-Spangled Banner

Stravinsky's Star-Spangled Banner

The composer's patriotic arrangement of the American national anthem initially met with a frosty reception...

Download the score for ‘Good day, Sir Christemas!' by Cheryl Frances-Hoad

Download the score for ‘Good day, Sir Christemas!' by Cheryl Frances-Hoad

Send us your performances of our exclusive specially commissioned carol

Hear the world premiere of our new carol!

Hear the world premiere of our new carol!

Hear Sansara perform 'Good Day, Sir Christemas!' by Cheryl Frances-Hoad

 
Beethoven: What did the 19th century think?

Beethoven: What did the 19th century think?

We take a look at the initial public reception of Beethoven’s 9 Symphonies

6 of the Best: Beethoven's overlooked works

6 of the Best: Beethoven's overlooked works

Think you know Beethoven? Think again with our guide to his lesser-known music

The Celesta: the sound of the Sugar Plum Fairy

The Celesta: the sound of the Sugar Plum Fairy

Daniel Jaffé presents a brief guide to the Celesta - star of Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker ballet

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