Discovering Music

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

Six of the best pieces of television theme music

Six of the best pieces 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

The best recordings of Schubert's Winterreise

The best recordings of Schubert's 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…

The 20 Greatest Violinists...how the musicians voted

The 20 Greatest Violinists...how the musicians voted

Who were the 100 violinists that took part in our poll? And whom did they each nominate? Here is the voting in full

The 20 Greatest Violinists of All Time

The 20 Greatest Violinists of All Time

Who are the finest violinists ever to have been recorded on disc? We asked 100 of today’s leading players to name their inspirations…

The Fantastic Mr Dahl

The Fantastic Mr Dahl

100 years on from his birth, we celebrate the classical music inspired by the great children's author. 

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