Sorry, this episode is not currently available on BBC iPlayer Radio

The Swing Era

Composer of the Week, Big Band Episode 2 of 5

Donald Macleod is joined by Guy Barker to look at the swing era, when predominantly white bandleaders like Benny Goodman, Tommy Dorsey and Artie Shaw took big band jazz to a mass audience. Swing was king, and its popularity came to a head during the Second World War, when the music became the sound of America. They explore the work of the superstars of the day, as well as that of less well-known arrangers and bandleaders who were to have a huge influence on the future sound of big bands.

Release date:

1 hour

Last on

Tue 18 Nov 2014 18:30

Composer Help Page

diversity_composite_v2

Find resources and contacts for composers from within the classical music industry.

Take a tour of Ravel's house

At Ravel's house at Montfort l'Amaury

Sara Mohr-Pietsch reveals Ravel's character in his exquisitely-decorated house near Paris

The absurdly talented Herr Mendelssohn

MS.M.D.Mendelssohn_D11

Donald Macleod reveals Mendelssohn's gift for sketching and watercolours.

Composers A to Z

composers-promo.jpg

Visit the extensive audio archive of Radio 3 programmes about Composers and their works.