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Composer of the Week

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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.

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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.

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Composer of the Week

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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.

Rank #1: Chopin

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Donald Macleod explores the life and work of Fryderyk Chopin
Jun 09 2017
1 hour 1 min
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Rank #2: George Gershwin

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Donald Macleod explores the life and music of George Gershwin.

When a second-hand piano was hoisted through the window of the Gershwin family’s Lower East Side apartment, a window was quite literally opened onto a new world. Donald begins by looking at Gershwin’s early and lifelong love of the instrument. For many, he was the foremost composer of the "jazz age" and it's through jazz-inflected interpretations that his music has reached its widest audience. Next, Donald tells the story of Gershwin's excursions in the concert hall. He may have been the toast of Broadway, but his attempts to move musically out of the theatre district and into the hallowed portals of the city’s concert halls were, despite some successes, constantly frustrated and a source of disappointment to him. To end, Donald charts George Gershwin's final years, partly spent in a ramshackle beach cottage on Folly Island in South Carolina. His memorable musical experiences with the local Gullah people eventually inspired his magnum opus, the opera Porgy and Bess.
Music featured:
Summertime
That Certain Feeling
Three Preludes
Piano Concerto in F
Has Anyone Seen Joe
The Real American Folk Song
Fascinating Rhythm
Embraceable You
I Got Rhythm
I Got Rhythm Variations
Someone to Watch Over Me
Rhapsody in Blue
Second Rhapsody
American in Paris
Strike Up the Band Overture
Cuban Overture
My Man's Gone Now
I Got Plenty of Nothin'
Bess, You Is My Woman Now
It Ain’t Necessarily So
I Loves You Porgy
Catfish Row Suite
Presented by Donald Macleod
Produced by Martin Williams

For full tracklistings, including artist and recording details, and to listen to the pieces featured in full (for 30 days after broadcast) head to the series page for George Gershwin: https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m0001tjn

And you can delve into the A-Z of all the composers we’ve featured on Composer of the Week here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/articles/3cjHdZlXwL7W41XGB77X3S0/composers-a-to-z
Jan 04 2019
50 mins
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Rank #3: Fryderyk Chopin

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Donald Macleod explores “the poet of the piano”, Fryderyk Chopin.

Donald starts this week’s episode with a look at how Chopin’s Polish heritage shaped his music. Although he left the country at the age of 20, dance forms like the polonaise and mazurka left a strong mark on his writing. Next, we catch fleeting glimpses of the composer through his letters, and his relationship with his instrument, the piano. Chopin’s reticence to perform made his rare appearances extremely lucrative, but he much preferred the more intimate and sociable surroundings of the salon, where his trademark light touch could be appreciated to the full. We hear about Chopin through the eyes of his most illustrious contemporaries – his lover George Sand, and fellow composers Franz Liszt and Robert Schumann. To end, stories of the composer’s ever-feeble health – Berlioz is supposed to have said Chopin was “dying all his life” – which makes the scale of his achievement all the more heroic.

Music featured:
‘Życzenie’ (The maiden’s wish), Op 74 No 1
Piano Concerto No 2 in F minor, Op 21 (3rd mvt, Allegro vivace)
4 Mazurkas, Op 17
Polonaise No 5 in C minor, Op 40 No 2
Polonaise No 6 in A flat, Op 53 (‘Heroic’)
Ballade No 4 in F minor, Op 52
2 Mazurkas (Mazurka in G; Mazurka in B flat)
Piano Concerto No 1 in E minor, Op 11 (2nd mvt, Romance—Larghetto)
Preludes, Op 28
3 Mazurkas, Op 50 (No 1 in G; No 2 in A flat; No 3 in C sharp minor)
2 Nocturnes, Op 55 (No 1 in F minor; No 2 in E flat)
Etude in A flat, Op 25 No 1 (‘Aeolian Harp’)
‘Krakowiak’: Grand Concert Rondo in F, Op 14
Mazurka in B minor, Op 33 No 4
Andante spianato, Op 22 No 1
Impromptu No 3 in G flat, Op 51
Nocturne in F sharp minor, Op 48 No 2
Barcarolle, Op 60
Etude in C, Op 10 No 1
Ballade No 2 in F, Op 38
Variations in B flat major on ‘La ci darem la mano’, from Mozart's opera Don Giovanni, Op 2
Scherzo No 4 in E, Op 54
Sonata in G minor for piano and cello, Op 65 (2nd and 3rd movements)
Mazurka in G minor, Op 67 No 2
2 Nocturnes, Op 27 (No 1 in C sharp minor, Larghetto; No 2 in D flat, Lento sostento)
Scherzo No 3 in C sharp minor, Op 39
Ballade No 3 in A flat, Op 47
Sonata No 3 in B minor, Op 58 (3rd movement, Largo)
Waltz in E flat, Op 18 (‘Grande valse brillante’)
Berceuse, Op 57
Presented by Donald Macleod
Produced by Chris Barstow for BBC Wales

For full tracklistings, including artist and recording details, and to listen to the pieces featured in full (for 30 days after broadcast) head to the series page for Fryderyk Chopin https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m00066mv

And you can delve into the A-Z of all the composers we’ve featured on Composer of the Week here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/articles/3cjHdZlXwL7W41XGB77X3S0/composers-a-to-z
Jun 28 2019
1 hour 3 mins
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Rank #4: Mozart

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Donald explores Mozart's relationship with his home city of Salzburg.
Jul 15 2016
1 hour 7 mins
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Rank #5: Bach

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Donald Macleod explores Bach's vocal music.
Jun 19 2015
1 hour
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Rank #6: Vivaldi

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Donald Macleod explores the life and music of Antonio Vivaldi, a Venetian priest, feted in his lifetime as both composer and violinist, yet destined to die in obscurity in faraway Vienna
Dec 26 2014
1 hour 2 mins
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Rank #7: Johann Sebastian Bach

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Donald Macleod travels alongside J S Bach as he moves from place to place throughout his life.

Donald begins with Bach’s early years in the towns of Eisenach and Ohrdruf, where his excellence as a singer and organist was first recognised. He first moved to Weimar at the age of 18, to work as a court musician, and later as an organist and concertmaster – it was here that he would write most of his organ repertoire, but also spent his time trying to please two antagonistic Dukes. Then we move to the city of Köthen, where Bach was employed at the court of Prince Leopold. The royal court offered Bach exactly what he had been denied in Weimar – the chance to build a really exceptional instrument ensemble. We arrive in Leipzig, where Bach was a public servant again, having to satisfy a plethora of different bodies and individuals. Although his time there was peppered with disputes and discontent, it was his home for 27 years and it is where he composed the bulk of the work that lives on. Finally, Donald explores the afterlife of Bach’s music, including his propulsion into outer space aboard the Voyager spacecraft’s Golden Record.
Music featured:
Magnificat
Brandenburg Concerto No.3 in G major
Concerto in C major for organ
Partita No 1 for violin
Widerstehe doch der Sunde
Capriccio on the Departure of his Most Beloved Brother
Komm, Jesu, Komm
Toccata and Fugue in D minor for organ
Violin Partita No. 2 in D minor
Tritt auf die Glaubensbahn
The Art of Fugue
Cello Suite No 1 in G Major
Sonata for Violin and Piano No 3
Concerto No 2 in F major
Well-Tempered Clavier, No 1 in C major
Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring
Violin Sonata No 1 in G minor
Orchestral Suite No 4 in D major
Musical Offering
Mass in B minor
Partita for Violin No 3 in E major
Capriccio in E major
St Matthew Passion
Goldberg Variations

Presented by Donald Macleod
Produced by Martin Williams for BBC Wales

For full tracklistings, including artist and recording details, and to listen to the pieces featured in full (for 30 days after broadcast) head to the series page for Johann Sebastian Bach
https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m0002l9v

And you can delve into the A-Z of all the composers we’ve featured on Composer of the Week here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/articles/3cjHdZlXwL7W41XGB77X3S0/composers-a-to-z
Feb 22 2019
59 mins
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Rank #8: Debussy

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Donald Macleod discusses the fruits of a number of Debussy's important friendships
Feb 26 2016
1 hour 7 mins
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Rank #9: Cole Porter

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Donald Macleod explores the life and work of Cole Porter, one of the most famous Broadway composers of his time. His achievements include a catalogue of witty, sophisticated and sometimes risque songs
Aug 01 2014
1 hour 17 mins
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Rank #10: Debussy

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Donald Macleod focuses on French composer and pianist Claude Debussy, examining his life, loves and passion for the piano.
Oct 12 2012
1 hour
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Rank #11: Shostakovich

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Donald Macleod views Dmitry Shostakovich through the prism of his string quartets
Sep 18 2015
51 mins
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Rank #12: Liszt

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Donald Macleod explores the life and work of Franz Liszt with a rare opportunity to hear all 13 of his symphonic poems
Jan 09 2015
49 mins
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Rank #13: Maurice Ravel

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Donald Macleod explores the life and work of French composer Maurice Ravel.
May 25 2018
1 hour 14 mins
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Rank #14: Sibelius

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Donald Macleod explores how Sibelius's music helped bring the nation of Finland into being
Dec 11 2015
1 hour 20 mins
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Rank #15: Mozart

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Donald Macleod explores the miraculous chamber music of Mozart's Vienna years
Sep 08 2017
41 mins
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Rank #16: Schubert

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Donald Macleod explores the remarkable and prolific final year of Schubert's life.
Nov 11 2016
1 hour 3 mins
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Rank #17: Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

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Donald Macleod explores the conflicted relationships and mysteries in the life of Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky.
Donald begins this week’s episode by looking at Tchaikovsky’s early years as a civil servant, wrestling with the tension between his desire to compose music and his responsibilities as a bureaucrat in St Petersburg. We hear about some of the composer’s tricky relationships - with the ascendant Nationalist school of Russian composers, and also with money. His need to earn a living and support himself by the music he composed led to an unconventional connection with one wealthy woman in particular. Donald traces Tchaikovsky’s long period of wandering, in which he spent years away from Russia, seemingly compelled by a disordered, un-reconciled personal life. Tchaikovsky was a mystery to the end, and there are many questions surrounding the puzzle of his death, which happened just days after the premiere of his sixth symphony, considered by many to be his finest work.
Music featured:
Swan Lake (Act 2)

Eugene Onegin (Act 3, Scene 1)

Song for the Golden Jubilee of the Imperial School of Jurisprudence

Piano Concerto No. 1 (1st movement)

Romeo and Juliet

Chant sans paroles (Souvenir de Hapsal)

None but the Lonely Heart

String Quartet no.1

The Snow Maiden, First Song of Lel

Finale: Moderato assai - allegro vivo – presto (Symphony No. 2)

1812 Overture

March: The Song of the Lark (The Seasons)

The Tempest

Piano Trio, 1st movement

Finale (Symphony No 4)

Pimpinella (Romances, Op 38, No 6)

Valse Sentimentale

Violin Concerto

Danse des polichinelles et des histrions (Maid of Orleans)

Souvenir de Florence (1st and 2nd movements)

We Sat Together

Act 1, March (The Nutcracker)

Piano Concerto No 3

Adagio & Waltz (The Sleeping Beauty - Suite)

Symphony No 6
Presenter: Donald Macleod

Producer: Martin Williams for BBC Wales
For full tracklistings, including artist and recording details, and to listen to the pieces featured in full (for 30 days after broadcast) head to the series page for Tchaikovsky: https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m0000bbv
And you can delve into the A-Z of all the composers we’ve featured on Composer of the Week here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/articles/3cjHdZlXwL7W41XGB77X3S0/composers-a-to-z
Sep 14 2018
58 mins
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Rank #18: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

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Donald Macleod explores the life and work of undisputed master, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.
Jul 27 2018
1 hour 2 mins
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Rank #19: Brahms

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Donald Macleod presents an exploration of the life and vocal music of Johannes Brahms.
Dec 21 2012
59 mins
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Rank #20: Mozart

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As part of Young Artists Day on Radio 3, Martin James Bartlett, BBC Young Musician of the Year 2014, joins Donald to explore the early life of Mozart. Donald continues with Mozart’s pioneering piano concertos.
May 08 2015
1 hour 2 mins
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