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Revolution and Romance: Musical Masters of the 19th Century

  • Season 1
  • 3 episodes
  • Documentary
  • Music
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Episode 2: Talkin 'bout A Revolution

Summary

Suzy Klein investigates how music became a powerful force for Europe's citizens during the French Revolution. She reveals how music came to express not only revolutionary fervour, but also inspired a growing sense of nationalism that was sweeping the continent. Chopin's music, for example, expressed the defiant spirit of the Polish population suffering oppression under a foreign power.
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Review

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Suzy Klein goes big on La Marseillaise in episode two, which necessitates her striding round the streets of Paris bawling her head off. The original revolutionary song, it still has power and helps illustrate how music in the late 1700s and throughout the 19th century became charged with political significance.

She touches on Béranger (“founding father of the protest song”) then Weber, Wagner and Verdi, whose operas emboldened the disparate states of Germany and Italy in their quest for nationhood. There’s also time for Chopin, who fled turmoil in Poland for Paris and whose mazurkas and polonaises are imbued with heart-rending nostalgia.

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  • Episode 2

    Talkin 'bout A Revolution

    Summary

    Suzy Klein investigates how music became a powerful force for Europe's citizens during the French Revolution. She reveals how music came to express not only revolutionary fervour, but also inspired a growing sense of nationalism that was sweeping the continent. Chopin's music, for example, expressed the defiant spirit of the Polish population suffering oppression under a foreign power.
    Recommended

    Review

    Rating: 4 out of 5.

    Suzy Klein goes big on La Marseillaise in episode two, which necessitates her striding round the streets of Paris bawling her head off. The original revolutionary song, it still has power and helps illustrate how music in the late 1700s and throughout the 19th century became charged with political significance.

    She touches on Béranger (“founding father of the protest song”) then Weber, Wagner and Verdi, whose operas emboldened the disparate states of Germany and Italy in their quest for nationhood. There’s also time for Chopin, who fled turmoil in Poland for Paris and whose mazurkas and polonaises are imbued with heart-rending nostalgia.

    How to watch

    Loading

    Details

    Formats
    Colour

    Credits

    Cast

    rolename
    PresenterSuzy Klein

    Crew

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