Soul Music

Soul Music

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

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Recent episodes (10)

  • La Boheme

    Tue, 9 Dec 14

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Opera Director John Copley CBE reflects on his 40 years of bringing this tale of friendship, love and loss to the stage of the Royal Opera House alongside stories from people whose lives have been touched by - and often reflect - the essence of this most popular of operas.

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  • Soul Music: There Is A Light That Never Goes Out

    Tue, 2 Dec 14

    Duration:
    28 mins

    The Smith's 1986 classic, 'There Is A Light That Never Goes Out' was on 'The Queen Is Dead' albumn. Writer Mark Gatiss and others talk about what the song means to them.

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  • SoulMusic:25Nov14 Gracias A La Vida

    Tue, 25 Nov 14

    Duration:
    28 mins

    The Latin American anthem explored through stories of survival from around the world

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  • Plaisir d'Amour/Can't Help Falling in Love

    Wed, 19 Nov 14

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Marianne Faithful recalls the little french song that went on to inspire an Elvis Classic.

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  • 11 Nov 14 A Shropshire Lad

    Wed, 12 Nov 14

    Duration:
    28 mins

    George Butterworth's adaption of AE Housman's poem A Shropshire Lad is examined through stories of loss and landscape around the time of the Great War.

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  • Albinoni's Adagio

    Tue, 29 Apr 14

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Albinoni's Adagio in G Minor was not written by Albinoni, as academic, Andrew Gant, explains. For Virginia McKenna and her late husband Bill Travers, it was their signature piece.

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  • Myfanwy

    Tue, 22 Apr 14

    Duration:
    28 mins

    The hauntingly beautiful Welsh song Myfanwy is the choice of this week's Soul Music contributors who range from a Welsh woman living in Sicily for whom the song represents 'hiraeth', a longing or homesickness for Wales to singer Cerys Matthews and members of the Ynysowen choir started in Aberfan after the mining disaster. An ex soldier recalls digging through the rubble for survivors with lines from the song playing in his head "Give me your hand, my sweet Myfanwy", and a man remembers his brother who was tragically killed in India. Producer: Maggie Ayre

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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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