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danensis The Making of Music on BBC (18) The Making of Music 28 May 07

The BBC are broadcasting a new series "The Making of Music". The blurb is ambigous ""Music springs from our history as well as from original minds and it's in our bloodstream. Delving into the tradition, and trying to explain how it came to be what it is, has been exhilarating and exciting" and continues "The first half of the series leads up to the BBC Proms and takes the story from the plainchant of monks in the Dark Ages through the troubadours and princes of the middle ages to Renaissance courts and cathedrals." Promising so far, but it goes on to say "It charts the birth of opera in Florence, the musical explosion of grandeur in the court of the Sun King, the genius of Bach in Leipzig and Handel in London". After the Vienna of Haydn and Mozart comes the rumble of revolution across Europe, Beethoven and the birth of the Romantic imagination. Schubert and the virtuosi including Chopin, Paganini and Liszt lead to the confident era summed up in Britain by the Great Exhibition of 1851.

Does this mean its going to be another programme of music from foreign composers and lets ignore the real music of the people? Music for the nobs not the plebs?

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