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As the century went on, the quest for pleasure began to be replaced by a tougher, noisier, harder-working attitude as Britain embarked on what was to become the Industrial Revolution.

Music also began to take on a different hue - more than just the sonic background to an age of roaring excess, it began to acquire a higher moral purpose. Communal singing, whether in amateur choirs or Handel oratorios, became a means of finding a kind of perfection amid the brutal reality of daily life. Romanticism began to blossom in the search for the sublime. The British folk music that travelled with emigrants to America, the songs of abolitionists that flew in the face of the British slave trade - all were an attempt to use music as a route to more perfect world.

Suzy concludes the series by looking at the crowning achievement of 18th-century music, Haydn's Creation.

1 hour

Last on

Fri 7 Nov 2014 20:00

Credits

Role Contributor
PresenterSuzy Klein
ProducerMarc Edwards
DirectorMarc Edwards
Executive ProducerPaul Bullock

18th Century Season

About the Season

Meet the Georgians who forged modern Britain, across BBC Two, BBC Four and BBC Radio 3.

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