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Alexander Zemlinsky was a contemporary of Mahler and Richard Strauss in turn-of-the-century Vienna. A close friend of Arnold Schoenberg, in fact he taught Schoenberg counterpoint and later became his brother-in-law, as a young composer Zemlinsky was championed by Brahms. Successful in his own lifetime, since his death in 1942, Zemlinsky's legacy has been overshadowed by the increasing popularity of his contemporaries. Even so his music has continued to attract loyal support, if not widespread recognition, and in today's programme Aled Jones explores Zemlinsky's rich contribution to choral music.

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1 hour, 30 minutes

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Sun 13 Jan 2013 17:00

Choir and Organ Reads

Birmingham town hall

Features on all things choir and organ from fantastic fugues to "bonkers" choral works.