Discovering Music

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 

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

Was this Renaissance mass inspired by the roll of a die?

Was this Renaissance mass inspired by the roll of a die?

Conductor Peter Phillips explains how gambling may have played a part in Josquin’s Mass of the Dice

What’s the best recording of Winterreise?

What’s the best recording of Winterreise?

Michael Tanner sets out on one of the bleakest and loneliest journeys in classical music, as he selects the finest recordings of Schubert’s harrowing song-cycle

The love story behind Berlioz's Symphonie fantastique

The love story behind Berlioz's Symphonie fantastique

On 3 October 1833, Berlioz married Harriet Smithson. A few years earlier, his infatuation with the actress led him to compose his monumental Symphonie fantastique to win her over. Here’s the story…

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