Preview: THE HISTORY OF CLASSICAL MUSIC IN A NUTSHELL Episode I

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Starring: Elizabeth Handley

The story of the rich and varied history of Western art music, covering a period of roughly one and a half thousand years, from the first beginnings during the Early Middle Ages to the present day.

Music from the 18th and 19th centuries, the glorious music of Bach and Handel, Mozart and Haydn, Beethoven, Brahms, Tchaikovsky, Chopin, Verdi and much more.

Both episodes place these composers into context - in chronological order - to clarify who was doing what and when, who was contemporary with whom, and to fill in the gaps especially at each end of this history: the composers responsible for the first significant steps - back in the Dark Ages - and the innovators of the contemporary scenes: men and women composing now, during our own lifetime.

Included in these episodes are art and literature, and significant historical events, in order to create a fuller picture of the past 15 centuries, and to enable you to link the composers with their political and cultural environments.