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Revolution and Romance: Musical Masters of the 19th Century

  • Season 1
  • 3 episodes
  • Documentary
  • Music
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Episode 3: Party Like It's 1899

Summary

Suzy Klein's odyssey through the history of music in the 19th century concludes, turning the spotlight on later years, when technological revolutions seemed to make the world a smaller, more accessible place. Focusing on the Paris Exposition of 1889, a cultural showcase celebrating the centenary of the French Revoution, she reveals how composers such as Claude Debussy were exposed to the sounds of the East - immediately breaking Wagner's stranglehold of influence over Western music. She also examines the invention of saxophone, and makes her own recording on a vintage phonograph - an early precursor of vinyl records, cassette tapes and CDs. Last in the series.
Recommended

Review

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Suzy Klein has some fun in this final edition: strolling past the Eiffel Tower, re-imagining Paris's great exhibition of 1889; visiting the Selmer saxophone factory to see some 800 individual precision-made pieces being honed; gasping with vertigo as she treads across the springy mesh in the rafters of the Albert Hall. She has a bash at a Javanese gamelan, pops along to the Moulin Rouge and records a piano medley on an early phonograph.

It all helps to bring to life her story of how music was at the forefront of innovation in construction and technology in the 19th century, as composers and audiences sought “futuristic ways of listening”.

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  • Episode 3

    Party Like It's 1899

    Summary

    Suzy Klein's odyssey through the history of music in the 19th century concludes, turning the spotlight on later years, when technological revolutions seemed to make the world a smaller, more accessible place. Focusing on the Paris Exposition of 1889, a cultural showcase celebrating the centenary of the French Revoution, she reveals how composers such as Claude Debussy were exposed to the sounds of the East - immediately breaking Wagner's stranglehold of influence over Western music. She also examines the invention of saxophone, and makes her own recording on a vintage phonograph - an early precursor of vinyl records, cassette tapes and CDs. Last in the series.
    Recommended

    Review

    Rating: 4 out of 5.

    Suzy Klein has some fun in this final edition: strolling past the Eiffel Tower, re-imagining Paris's great exhibition of 1889; visiting the Selmer saxophone factory to see some 800 individual precision-made pieces being honed; gasping with vertigo as she treads across the springy mesh in the rafters of the Albert Hall. She has a bash at a Javanese gamelan, pops along to the Moulin Rouge and records a piano medley on an early phonograph.

    It all helps to bring to life her story of how music was at the forefront of innovation in construction and technology in the 19th century, as composers and audiences sought “futuristic ways of listening”.

    How to watch

    Loading

    Streaming

    Details

    Formats
    Colour

    Credits

    Cast

    rolename
    PresenterSuzy Klein

    Crew

    rolename
    Executive producerDenys Blakeway
    Series directorNick Gillam-Smith
    Series producerNick Gillam-Smith
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