Articles

10 August 2017
Ahead of his return to the UK, we delve into the BBC Music Magazine archives and take a look at all our covers featuring Sir Simon Rattle
George Gershwin
10 August 2017
For all its jazz-inspired catchiness and easy-going charm, Gershwin’s unique musical world deserves to be taken much more seriously than it generally has...
9 August 2017
George Hall untangles the complex world of the operatic voice type
7 August 2017
Vivaldi may never have crossed the English Channel himself but, as Simon Heighes explains, rich clients and the postal service ensured his popularity far from...
The People's Orchestra in Birmingham are one example of an amateur ensemble doin
3 August 2017
Composers used to write routinely for amateur groups, but much music today is too technically challenging and best left to the professionals, says Tom...
2 August 2017
Three examples of Wagner’s unique approach to thematic development
2 August 2017
Composed: 1877-82 Premiered: 20 July 1882, Bayreuth Amfortas, King of the Grail Knights, has been in constant pain and shame ever since losing the Holy Spear...
2 August 2017
Composed: 1869-74 Premiered: 17 August, 1876, Bayreuth Siegfried is tricked by Hagen, son of Alberich, into drinking a potion that will make him forget his...
2 August 2017
Composed: 1856-71 Premiere: 16 August 1876, Bayreuth Looked after since childhood by the dwarf Mime, Siegfried forges a new weapon from the shards of the sword...
2 August 2017
Composed: 1862-7 Premiered: 21 June 1868, Munich In 16th-century Nuremberg, the goldsmith Pogner causes a stir by announcing that he is to hold a song contest...
2 August 2017
Composed: 1856-9 Premiered: 12 March 1859, Prague Sailing from Ireland to Cornwall, where Isolde is to marry King Marke, Tristan, who killed her previous...
2 August 2017
Composed: 1854-6 Premiered: 26 June 1876, Munich Separated from his twin sister Sieglinde since childhood, Siegmund is reunited with her when sheltering from a...
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