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 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 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. 

Six of the best... productions of Wagner's Tristan und Isolde

Six of the best... productions of Wagner's Tristan und Isolde

Tristan und Isolde is the most important work of one of opera’s greatest masters: Richard Wagner. We select some of the finest interpretations by the great conductors...

Six of the best... musical child prodigies

Six of the best... musical child prodigies

We look at six young musicians who are amazing audiences with their precocious talent

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