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Christoph Willibald Gluck (1714-1787)
Wednesday 26 September 2007 12:00-13:00 (Radio 3)
Repeated: Wednesday 26 September 2007 20:45-21:45 (Radio 3)
Repeated: Wednesday 30 July 2008 12:00-13:00 (Radio 3)
In his lifetime, Gluck's achievements were overshadowed by a fiery debate on the relationship between words and music in opera. Gluck's manifesto, laid out in the preface to his opera Alceste, was to 'restrict music to its true function of serving poetry'. Donald Macleod investigates.
Sinfonia, Marche (Alessandro)