Modern Classical Music

A collection of programmes from the BBC archives featuring trailblazing 20th Century classical music composers who changed the course of music forever.

Clemency Burton-Hill Clemency Burton-Hill introduces Modern Classical Music

BBC Radio 3 presenter Clemency Burton-Hill introduces pioneering composers of 20th century classical music. From John Cage’s silent 4’33’’ to Stockhausen’s ground-breaking work in electronic music which inspired the likes of Björk and Grateful Dead, these composers tore up the rule book and changed the course of music forever. Read more

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Collection items

1 - 16 of 19 items available to watch online

BBC Proms: 2005: Michael Berkeley, Benjamin Britten and Vaughan Williams BBC Proms: 2005: Michael Berkeley, Benjamin Britten and Vaughan Williams

First Broadcast: 2005 2 hours, 25 mins

Featuring works by Michael Berkeley, Benjamin Britten and Vaughan Williams. (2005)

Boulez at 80 Boulez at 80

First Broadcast: 2005 1 hour, 59 mins

Pierre Boulez conducts the BBC Symphony Orchestra in a concert from the Barbican. (2005)

Celebrity Recital: Benjamin Britten and Peter Pears Celebrity Recital: Benjamin Britten and Peter Pears

First Broadcast: 1964 30 mins

A concert given to an audience of friends by Benjamin Britten and Peter Pears. (1964)

The Dark Tower The Dark Tower

First Broadcast: 1946 1 hour, 13 mins

A parable play on the ancient theme of the Quest. Featuring music by Benjamin Britten.

John Cage Live at the Barbican John Cage Live at the Barbican

First Broadcast: 2004 2 hours, 3 mins

Concert from London's Barbican featuring the music of composer John Cage. (2004)

Julian Bream Masterclass: Julian Bream Festival Julian Bream Masterclass: Julian Bream Festival

First Broadcast: 1978 50 mins

A recital of guitar music by Julian Bream at Old Wardour Castle. (1978)

Julian Bream Masterclass: Isaac Albéniz Julian Bream Masterclass: Isaac Albéniz

First Broadcast: 1978 50 mins

Julian Bream presents the first in a series of masterclasses on the guitar. (1978)

Julian Bream Masterclass: Heitor Villa-Lobos Julian Bream Masterclass: Heitor Villa-Lobos

First Broadcast: 1978 50 mins

The second programme in this series recorded at Julian Bream’s Wiltshire home. (1978)

Julian Bream Masterclass: Bach Julian Bream Masterclass: Bach

First Broadcast: 1978 50 mins

Julian Bream presents the third in his series of guitar masterclasses. (1978)

Julian Bream Masterclass: Benjamin Britten Julian Bream Masterclass: Benjamin Britten

First Broadcast: 1978 50 mins

Julian Bream presents his fourth and final masterclass on the guitar. (1978)

Music Masters: Stockhausen Music Masters: Stockhausen

First Broadcast: 2001 49 mins

Charles Hazlewood talks to Karlheinz Stockhausen about his life and work. (2001)

Music Masters: John Adams Music Masters: John Adams

First Broadcast: 2001 49 mins

The minimalist composer John Adams talks about his career to Charles Hazlewood. (2001)

Omnibus: Diaghilev: The Years Abroad Omnibus: Diaghilev: The Years Abroad

First Broadcast: 1968 54 mins

Peter Ustinov examines the early career of Russian impresario Diaghilev. (1968)

Philip Glass Concert: Live at the Barbican Philip Glass Concert: Live at the Barbican

First Broadcast: 2001 2 hours

The BBC Symphony Orchestra performs three works by American composer Philip Glass. (2001)

The Sound and the Fury in Concert: Schoenberg, Webern & Ives The Sound and the Fury in Concert: Schoenberg, Webern & Ives

First Broadcast: 2013 29 mins

Performances of works by Schoenberg, Webern and Ives recorded in 2012.

The Sound and the Fury in Concert: Messiaen, Ligeti, Xenakis & Birtwistle The Sound and the Fury in Concert: Messiaen, Ligeti, Xenakis & Birtwistle

First Broadcast: 2013 26 mins

Performances of works by Messiaen, Ligeti, Xenakis and Birtwistle recorded in 2012.

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