1/5 Donald Macleod follows Puccini's path to fame and fortune on the operatic stage.
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5/5 Coates flirts with politics and royalty, and starts his film career at age 68.
4/5 As war is declared, Coates's stirring marches came into their own.
3/5 As he moves into several houses in and around London, Coates falls in love with the city.
2/5 Donald Macleod explores Coates's By the Sleepy Lagoon, used today in Desert Island Discs.
1/5 Coates's student years proved to be startlingly memorable.
Donald Macleod explores 1891 which, for Tchaikovsky, saw the premiere of Sleeping Beauty.
Donald Macleod considers how the 1880s began for Tchaikovsky, with his 1812 Overture.
Donald Macleod explores 1878, which was a happier year for Tchaikovsky.
Donald Macleod explores 1877, the year of Tchaikovsky's disastrous marriage.
Donald Macleod looks at Tchaikovsky's music written and performed in 1876.
5/5 Donald Macleod reflects on Webern's intense love of his homeland Austria.
4/5. The inter-war years and a new muse, the poet Hidegard Jone.
3/5 Donald Macleod looks at Webern's encounter with his mentor Arnold Schoenberg.
2/5 Donald Macleod reveals how tragedy blighted Webern's early career.
1/5 Donald Macleod explores some myths about the spirit behind Webern's music.
5/5 Mozart's friends came in all guises. Donald Macleod investigates.
4/5. Donald Macleod investigates the influence of freemasonry on Mozart's music. (R)
4/5. Donald Macleod investigates the influence of freemasonry on Mozart's music.
3/5. Donald Macleod explores Mozart's relationships with Salieri and Da Ponte.
2/5 Donald Macleod explores Mozart's unrequited passion for the soprano Aloysia Weber.
1/5 Donald Macleod discovers the friends, family and fellow musicians who inspired Mozart.