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BBC Radio 3's Composer Of The Week is a guide to composers and their music. The podcast is compiled from the week's programmes and published on Friday, it is only available in the UK.

BBC Radio 3's Composer Of The Week is a guide to composers and their music. The podcast is compiled from the week's programmes and published on Friday, it is only available in the UK.

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London, United Kingdom

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BBC

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BBC Radio 3's Composer Of The Week is a guide to composers and their music. The podcast is compiled from the week's programmes and published on Friday, it is only available in the UK.

Language:

English


Episodes

Composer of the Week: Amy Beach (1867-1944): Sanctuary

1/15/2021
Donald Macleod focuses on a special place that became central to Beach's work.

Duration:01:00:00

Composer of the Week: Amy Beach (1867-1944): Europe

1/14/2021
Donald Macleod follows Beach as she travels beyond America's borders for the first time.

Duration:01:00:00

Composer of the Week: Amy Beach (1867-1944): Marriage

1/13/2021
Donald Macleod looks at the impact of Beach's marriage on her career.

Duration:01:00:00

Composer of the Week: Amy Beach (1867-1944): Sacred Works

1/12/2021
Donald Macleod delves into Amy Beach's sacred works.

Duration:01:00:00

Composer of the Week: Amy Beach (1867-1944): Finding Her Voice

1/11/2021
Donald Macleod follows Beach’s quest to create a uniquely American sound for her music.

Duration:01:00:00

Composer of the Week: Florence Price (1887-1953): Price plans to visit Europe

1/8/2021
Donald Macleod looks at Florence Price's final years, including a trip to Europe.

Duration:01:00:00

Edvard Grieg (1843-1907)

1/1/2021
Donald Macleod explores Grieg's music through the places from which he took inspiration. On 9th September 1907, it’s estimated that some forty to fifty thousand people turned out to pay their respects and watch Edvard Grieg’s cortège pass through the streets of Bergen. It’s an image that speaks of the enormous affection and esteem in which Grieg was held at the time of his death. Bergen was where Grieg was born in 1843, and in a speech he made 60 years later, he acknowledged that his music...

Duration:01:04:12

Beethoven Unleashed: In Perspective

12/18/2020
Donald Macleod introduces personal highlights of his year-long celebration of Beethoven Donald Macleod embarks on the final week of his year-long celebration of the 250th anniversary of the birth of Ludwig van Beethoven, selecting his personal highlights of conversations he's had with special guests over the course of 25 series. Composer of the Week has this year, every alternate week, explored the life and work of Ludwig van Beethoven, in celebration of the 250th anniversary of his birth....

Duration:01:44:34

George Benjamin (b 1960)

12/11/2020
Donald Macleod is joined by Sir George Benjamin to discuss his musical influences Composer of the Week marks the sixtieth birthday of the celebrated British composer Sir George Benjamin. This week, Benjamin joins Donald Macleod in the studio to provide listeners with personal insights into his music and distinguished career. They discuss the composer's musical connections, his inspirations, his interest in collaboration, the compositional process, and his work as a pianist, conductor and...

Duration:00:59:13

Beethoven Unleashed: Pain and Persistence

12/4/2020
This week, Donald Macleod reaches the final chapters of his year-long biography of Beethoven. The composer’s remaining years, 1825-1827, were marred by failing health and a traumatic family crisis but also saw Beethoven pushing resolutely forward in his art. He continued to surprise and astonish, producing a series of extraordinary late string quartets. Composer of the Week is returning to the story of Beethoven’s life and music throughout 2020. Part of Radio 3’s Beethoven Unleashed season...

Duration:01:34:53

Beethoven Unleashed: Freedom and Joy

11/20/2020
Conductor Sir John Eliot Gardiner, joins Donald Mcleod to discuss Beethoven’s symphonies They have been described as “the most sublime noise that has ever penetrated into the ear of man”, “an expression of monumental intellect and innermost feeling”, and “music [which] sets in motion the machinery of awe, of fear, of terror, of pain.” There is no question that Beethoven’s nine symphonies changed music forever. The colossal legacy of these works has hovered over generations of composers...

Duration:01:23:30

James Price Johnson

11/13/2020
James P. Johnson is known as the Father of Stride Piano, and composed the most iconic work that captures the essence of the Roaring Twenties, the Charleston. Both pianist and composer, he not only wrote jazz but also music for theatrical shows, symphonic works and opera too. He performed alongside jazz greats such as Fats Waller, Willie The Lion Smith and Sidney Bechet, and also collaborated with George Gershwin as well. Johnson was an early pioneer in the recording industry, and made many...

Duration:01:00:05

Beethoven Unleashed: Titan

11/6/2020
This week, Donald Macleod explores Ludwig van Beethoven’s life through the years of 1822-1824 – a period during which the composer completed his greatest late masterpieces. It was also a time at which Beethoven became acutely aware of his own mortality, struggling with both his dwindling finances and his deteriorating health, and sought help from, among others, his brother Johann and a new secretary - Anton Schindler. Composer of the Week is returning to the story of Beethoven’s life and...

Duration:01:24:40

Desmarets and Boismortier

10/30/2020
Donald Macleod steps into the French baroque with Desmarets and Boismortier Donald Macleod discovers the stories of two very colourful figures of the French baroque, Henri Desmarets and Joseph Bodin de Boismortier. Born a generation apart, Boismortier and Desmarets are perhaps lesser known figures of the French baroque, but together they provide a fascinating picture of life and music-making in the reigns of the Sun King and Louis XV after him. Boismortier’s success came from what seems to...

Duration:00:59:56

Beethoven Unleashed: Piano Sonatas

10/23/2020
This week, the world-renowned pianist Angela Hewitt chooses five contrasting aspects of the piano sonatas to discuss with Donald Macleod. In 2020, Hewitt reaches the end of her survey of Beethoven’s piano works with the last recording in her acclaimed series of his 32 piano sonatas. Begun in 2005, her Beethoven odyssey has been taken at a deliberately measured pace, to give ample space and time to reflect on each sonata, each recording being a testament to her deep understanding of...

Duration:01:27:38

Kaija Saariaho (b 1952)

10/16/2020
“Music is a study of my own self and of the human spirit”, so says the Finnish composer Kaija Saariaho. Her passion for music is all consuming, with the inspiration to compose reflecting the breadth of her interests, in poetry, literature, fine arts, and cinematography to name but a few. One of the foremost composers of our time, Kaija Saariaho was born in 1952 in Helsinki. She studied with the modernist Paavo Heininen, before founding the pioneering “Ears Open” group with fellow composer...

Duration:01:22:26

Beethoven Unleashed: Withdrawal

10/9/2020
This week, Donald Macleod follows Ludwig van Beethoven through the years of 1816-1821; a period when the composer was groping towards yet another extraordinary and revolutionary flowering of his creativity. However, something was holding him back. Beethoven had resolved to become the legal guardian of his nephew, Karl, and to remove him from the care of his mother, Johanna. The resulting court battles would rumble on for five years, damaging everyone involved, consuming them all, and...

Duration:01:27:00

Beethoven Unleashed: Spirit of the Age

9/25/2020
Donald Macleod is joined by five guests to explore Beethoven’s wider world. Beethoven’s lifetime was one of tumultuous change. In a week of programmes exploring this wider world around Beethoven, Donald Macleod is joined by five guests to discuss some of the various elements which combined to define the Spirit of the Age – the economy, the wider world of the arts, engineering, medicine and belief. Guests: Professor Nicholas Mathew - Professor at the University of California, Berkeley, an...

Duration:01:37:39

Beethoven Unleashed: Phoenix Rising

9/11/2020
Donald Macleod explores Beethoven's life and music through the years 1813-1815. This week, Donald Macleod explores Ludwig van Beethoven’s life through the years of 1813-1815 – a time of great change throughout Europe as Napoleon was overthrown. For Beethoven, it was undoubtedly the most successful period of his entire career, as he began, at last, to receive public recognition for his music. However, these years also saw him slump to an artistic nadir as he succumbed to the call for...

Duration:01:22:26

Marie Jaëll

9/4/2020
Donald Macleod delves into the life and career of the piano prodigy Marie Jaëll. For the first time in the history of Composer of the Week, Donald Macleod explores the life and music of Marie Jaëll [1846-1925]. Jaëll was a piano prodigy, a composer across a wide spectrum of genres including opera and chamber music, and a revolutionary when it came to the art of teaching and playing the piano. She knew many distinguished musicians including Liszt, Saint-Saëns, César Franck, Brahms, Fauré and...

Duration:00:52:31