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Sue Perkins and Tom Service unravel everything you ever wanted to know about the symphony, but were too afraid to ask...

What relevance do symphonies have today? In Episode 5 of the series, the pair ask if the social and cultural ideas that gave birth to the symphony are still relevant today - and who's still composing symphonies at the dawn of the 21st century. Can you be considered a truly great composer if - like Chopin, Verdi and Delius - you haven't written one?

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Fri 25 Nov 2011 20:10

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