Stephen Evans examines the links between Cuba's music and the 1959 revolution
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James Naughtie re-evaluates the reputation of the composer Giacomo Puccini.
The French composer Olivier Messiaen's fascination for using birdsong in his music.
Trevor Nelson tells the story of the influential band Soul II Soul.
The story of the hosiery manufacturer who introduced Beethoven to England.
Sarfraz Manzoor interviews the influential rock and roll musician Little Richard.
Huw Williams traces the history of the tambourine, from Stravinsky to the Sugababes.
Ben Elton explores the lyrical side of PG Wodehouse, who wrote for many musical comedies.
A celebration of a virtually extinct aspect of the music industry, the B-side of a record.
Peter Paphides charts the history and roots of Rembetika, the Greek blues.
The story of a lost TV interview with the Beatles that was recorded in April 1964.
A story of truth and reconciliation in post-Apartheid South Africa.
Rainer Hersch explores the musical significance of unusual instruments.
Jeremy Summerly takes a look at the history of boy choristers.
Alyn Shipton traces the career of master crooner Bing Crosby
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Martha Reeves investigates how the attitude of black America to the Vietnam war changed
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