Soul Music

Soul Music

The stories behind pieces of music with a powerful emotional impact.

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Recent episodes (10)

  • Soul Music: Something Inside So Strong

    Tue, 15 Apr 14

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Labi Siffre wrote Something Inside So Strong in 1984. Widely believed to have been inspired by seeing film footage from South Africa, of young blacks being shot at by white policeman, he now reveals that the lyrics were also informed by the oppression he had experienced as a homosexual. Producer: Lucy Lunt

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  • SoulMusic:08 Apr 14: Crazy by Patsy Cline

    Tue, 8 Apr 14

    Duration:
    28 mins

    The pop country classic made famous by Patsy Cline is the source of many memories and emotions for people of all ages

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  • Soul Music: Rhapsody in Blue

    Tue, 1 Apr 14

    Duration:
    28 mins

    "I'm convinced it's the best thing ever written and recorded in the history of things written and recorded" – Moby. Rhapsody in Blue was first heard exactly 90 years ago when it premiered on February 12, 1924, in New York's Aeolian Hall. Through its use at the opening of Woody Allen's 'Manhattan' it has become synonymous with the city that inspired its creation. But for people around the world, George Gershwin's "experiment in modern music" has become imbued with the most personal of memories.

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  • Soul Music: Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas

    Tue, 24 Dec 13

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Soul Music tells the story of the song, Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas, and talks to people for whom it has special meaning. It's clear that the song's enduring power lies in a beautiful melody with a melancholic feel that sums up our emotional ambivalence to the Christmas season. We hear from those who have a special connection to the song. Producer Lucy Lunt

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  • Soul Music: Brahms German Requiem

    Tue, 17 Dec 13

    Duration:
    28 mins

    How Brahms' German Requiem, written as a tribute to his mother and designed to comfort the grieving, has touched and changed peoples lives. Producer: Melvin Rickarby

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  • Soul Music: Can't Take My Eyes Off You

    Thu, 12 Dec 13

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Frankie Valli shares his memories of the song 'Can't Take My Eyes off You' alongside others whose lives have been touched by this music. Producer: Nicola Humphries

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  • Gymnopodie No.1

    Tue, 3 Dec 13

    Duration:
    28 mins

    In this weeks Soul Music, Pascal Rogé, one of the world's greatest interpreters of French piano music, leads us through a personal and musical journey of Erik Satie's Gymnopédies.

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  • SoulMusic:Strange Fruit 26 Nov 13

    Tue, 26 Nov 13

    Duration:
    28 mins

    The haunting tale of brutality and racism, Strange Fruit, made famous by Billie Holiday and written as an attack on America's lynchmobs.

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  • Elgar's Dream of Gerontius

    Fri, 2 Aug 13

    Duration:
    28 mins

    How the choral work The Dream of Gerontius, by Elgar, has touched and changed people's lives. We hear from Terry Waite for whom it was the first piece of music he heard as a hostage in the Lebanon, after four years in solitary confinement. Music writer and broadcaster Stephen Johnson describes how Elgar's own fragile emotional state is written into the music. Singer Catherine Wyn-Rogers explains how Elgar's music helped her come to terms with the loss of her parents. Martin Firth recalls a life-enhancing performance of the piece in Bristol cathedral. Jude Kelly, artistic director of the South Bank Centre, explains how she experienced the choir in this piece as a 'spiritual army' when she performed it at university. Martyn Marsh describes how the music brought him to a realisation about how he would like to end his days. And Robin Self recalls a life-changing performance of this piece, which enabled him to grieve for his son. Producer: Melvin Rickarby

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  • Soul Music: Don't Leave Me This Way

    Thu, 25 Jul 13

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Medium The soul classic Don't Leave Me This Way is this week's choice. First performed by Harold Melvin and the Blue Notes, it's a disco anthem of pain and loss. Producer: Maggie Ayre

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