Discovering Music

Six of the best... bagpipe tunes

Six of the best... bagpipe tunes

After revealing to BBC Music Magazine that he wants to learn the bagpipes, we have come up with some of the best (and most eclectic) tunes for Paul Lewis to play

The best pieces for flute: our top picks

The best pieces for flute: our top picks

The BBC Music Magazine team choose their favourite works for flute

Looking back on 75 years of Desert Island Discs

Looking back on 75 years of Desert Island Discs

We reflect on the programme’s most popular choices, and the BBC Music Magazine team choose the pieces they would happily be stranded on an island with.

Boris Giltburg on performing Rachmaninov's Piano Concerto No. 2

Boris Giltburg on performing Rachmaninov's Piano Concerto No. 2

Boris Giltburg takes us on a musical journey through one of the most exhilarating and intense works in the piano repertoire

Classical voice types

George Hall untangles the complex world of the operatic voice type

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

We explore the music of the distinguished Romantic composer and pianist

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 

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