Have you ever wondered who were the great composers of “classical” (arts) music after Beethoven?? Did you know that Brahms and Wagner looked down at each other?? Have you ever just wanted to learn more about modern “classical” music and opera??
BBC 4 has a monumental music series called The Making of Music; it focuses on music from the second half of the 19th century to our present day.
It is monumental because it is on everyday M-F for the next six weeks.
Best of all, if you have the internet, you can listen for free; I’ve seen similar courses on tape being sold for $100.00-$150.00.
The man from the BBC, in my opinion, is culturally liberal, so you need to take that into account. The BBC has very few kind words for the Catholic Church.
Otherwise, the series is excellent.
The show today is on 19th century Russian composers like Glinka, Mussorgsky, Borodin.
Unfortunately, if you want to listen to the whole thing, you missed one show, and you need to listen everyday, starting today.
I think the website is bbc.co.uk, just click on the Radio box and go to BBC Radio 4.
The Making of Music is located on the bottom lower left where it says “This Week’s Shows.”
The Radio 4 show is a 15 minute lecture explaining the history and events that helped shape music.
Then, there is a link on the show’s main page to BBC Radio 3, which airs a one hour program and plays the music discussed in the lecture; the Radio 3 program is also called The Making of Music.