Darren Henley: Famous Composers (unabridged)

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Darren Henley: Famous Composers (unabridged)

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3rd Oct 2005




2 hours 16 minutes


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Darren Henley: Famous Composers (unabridged)

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Following on the success of The Story of Classical Music, Darren Henley and Aled Jones combine forces again to tell, in more detail, the lives of six key composers Bach, Vivaldi, Mozart, Beethoven, Dvořák and Shostakovich. Their colourful lives and their love of music is told against the backdrop of some of their finest works – an ideal combination.

Darren Henley: Introduction

An introduction to Famous Composers

The six composers

Darren Henley: Antonio Vivaldi (1678–1741)

The Four Seasons: Autumn, Spring and Summer

The Four Seasons: Autumn and Winter

The Red Priest

Vivaldi and the Concerto

The Story of Count Giacomo Durazzo

Darren Henley: Johann Sebastian Bach (1685–1750)

Early music lessons

Bach and the organ

Bach at Weimar

Bach and Count von Keyserlingk

Bach and his family

Bach and maths

Darren Henley: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756–1791)

A composer of famous works

Mozart’s early life

Leopold, Wolfgang and Nannerl – the Mozarts on tour

Mozart and his contemporaries

More great works

Eine kleine Nachtmusik and a sad end

Darren Henley: Ludwig van Beethoven (1770–1827)

Early years

Beethoven as a pianist

Beethoven’s hearing loss and domestic life

Incidental music and an opera

Beethoven’s symphonies

The Ninth and Fifth symphonies

Darren Henley: Antonin Dvorak (1841–1904)

Early life and music

His contemporaries and a hobby


Travels to America – The New World

The Cello Concerto and more hobbies

Back to Bohemia

Darren Henley: Dmitri Shostakovich (1906–1975)

Russia and his early life

Life in Russia – communism – Shostakovich in trouble

The Second World War

Jazz and film music

Family life

Out of this world

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