The Sound and the Fury: A Century Of Music

The first episode in a three-part series exploring 20th-century music

TV & Radio Information
BBC Four
Tuesday, February 12, 2013 - 21:00


The Sound And The Fury is a series that explores the foundations of contemporary music in the company of a host of renowned composers.

The first episode looks at why music shifted from being melodic and harmonious in the hands of Mozart, Haydn and Brahms, to being more fragmented and dissonant with the likes of Schoenberg, Webern and Stravinsky.

Music is, of course, a response to wider social changes, and these go a long way in explaining the nature of 20th-century pieces.

The programme will feature performances from London Sinfonietta, members of the Aurora Orchestra and pianist Timothy Andres, alongside contributions from Steve Reich, Pierre Boulez, John Adams, Alex Ross and others.

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