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Rethink music with The Listening Service. Tom Service presents a journey of imagination and insight, exploring how music works

The Listening Service BBC Radio 3

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    • 4.7 • 130 Ratings

Rethink music with The Listening Service. Tom Service presents a journey of imagination and insight, exploring how music works

    The Music of Sound

    The Music of Sound

    Did music begin in ancient cave systems? How did medieval cathedrals inspire musical developments? What effect does a particular concert hall have on the music heard there, or the music on the design of the concert hall? And what can we do with our 21st-century ability to change our acoustic environment at the touch of a button?

    Tom Service looks at the relationship between music and its surroundings, and how that relationship has developed over the centuries.

    • 29 min
    What's the point of cadenzas?

    What's the point of cadenzas?

    Tom Service is joined at the 2022 Hay Festival by the American pianist, writer and self confessed 'classical music nerd of the highest order' Jeremy Denk, to explore cadenzas - virtuosic solo improvisations - with help from Freddie Mercury, John Coltrane and J.S Bach.

    • 28 min
    Royal Music

    Royal Music

    Royal music throughout the ages. Tom Service asks: what makes it sound royal, and why? And is there really such a thing as a royal sound world?

    Royal music doesn’t have to be heraldic, ranging from the pomp and ceremony of Elgar; to the intimacy of lutenists like Dowland writing in the court of Christian IV in Denmark; to the secret music of the Kyoto imperial court, performed exclusively for royal ears. Composers over the centuries and millennia have written for kings, queens, princes and princesses, at times simultaneously praising and even criticising monarchies from within and without.

    • 29 min
    Can music be funny?

    Can music be funny?

    Tom Service on the art of classical music comedy. And it's not necessarily all about timing - see also parody, pastiche, absurdities, incongruity, subverting of expectations and sometimes, just good old funny noises...

    With musician and comedian Vikki Stone.

    • 29 min
    The Musical Recycling Plant

    The Musical Recycling Plant

    For centuries, composers have re-used music from their earlier works in their new ones. But why? Were they simply pressed for time, or might there be another reason? And what do these 'recycled' versions sounds like? Does music become diluted and weaker with each reincarnation, or could the opposite be true? Together with expert musical recycler Saul Eisenberg of The Junk Orchestra, Tom Service explores this 'green' musical practice.

    Dom Wells (producer)

    • 29 min
    More Than the Score

    More Than the Score

    Are the 100s of recordings of each Beethoven symphony (and the thousands upon thousands of live performances over the years) really so very different from each other? Can one interpretation be better than another? What is interpretation and why is it apparently so central to western classical music? Why do we keep coming back for more? With the help of music critic Fiona Maddocks and pianist Kristian Bezuidenhout, Tom Service is on the case.

    David Papp (producer)

    • 29 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
130 Ratings

130 Ratings

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Great

If you like music, you will love this podcast

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SUPER!

Just brilliant gems. Great way to connect with music and indeed the world around us.

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Unlistenable

This podcast’s speaker is so full of himself and his tone so self righteous that it is unlistenable. That smugness in his voice is just unbearable!

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