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Key Matters, Series 3 Episode 5 of 5

14 minutes
First broadcast:
Friday 18 May 2012

In "Key Matters", Ivan Hewett explores the way in which different musical keys appear to have unique characteristics of their own. In this last programme Ivan is joined by pianist Peter Donohoe, to explore the key of C minor. They start with one of the most famous C minor pieces of all, Beethoven's 5th Symphony. They explore pieces which start in one key and work their way towards C minor,such as the opening of Rachmaninov's 2nd Piano Concerto. Ivan and Peter conclude by looking at pieces which start in C minor but travel triumphantly towards C major at their end ; Beethoven's 5th Symphony, being the ultimate example. This brings this last Key Matters series full circle as Ivan began this series back in 2008 by looking at the key of C major.

Producer - Rosie Boulton.


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