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The Essay, Maths and Music Episode guide

  1. Composing with Numbers

    4/4 Schoenberg's rectangles, Xenakis' cubes, Messiaen's Mongean shuffle and the music in maths

    First broadcast: 01 Nov 2007

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  2. Theme and Variations

    3/4 Exposing the symmetry in Bach's Goldberg Variations and the maths behind bell-ringing.

    First broadcast: 31 Oct 2007

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  3. The Music of the Spheres

    2/4 Pythagoras' theories about the harmonious world, and why many cultures use a 12-note scale

    First broadcast: 30 Oct 2007

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  4. Counter-culture

    1/4 The rhythmic complexities in Steve Reich, Ghanaian Ewe music and a 1000-year-long piece.

    First broadcast: 29 Oct 2007

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