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Sounds of the Century
Composers, Musicians and singers who should be remembered for their contribution to revolutionising music in the twentieth century.
Lina lalandi The Rite of Spring
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Lina Lalandi knew the Russian-born composer Igor Stravinsky towards the end of his long life, and remembers him composing and conducting right up until his death in 1971. Stravinsky's work had a revolutionary impact on classical music. In 1913 the 'Rite of Spring' performed in Paris marked the start of modernism. Lina gives us a very intimate portrait of one of the great composers of the twentieth century.
Elvin Jones

Drumming at Birdland
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Elvin Jones has been a jazz drummer for as long as he can remember. Born in 1927 he was inspired by listening to early jazz records. He came to New York in the early 1950s to join the Benny Goodman orchestra. He's played with most of the jazz greats of the century - principally John Coltrane, but also with many others including Miles Davis and Thelonious Monk.

Guiseppe di Stefano

I Sang with Callas
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Giuseppe di Stefano is an Italian tenor who knew Maria Callas very well, and sang with her throughout her brilliant career. He remembers her fiery temperament, her ability to move audiences to tears, and also her failures - like the time she sang her first Tosca in Rio - and Guiseppe says that in those days the part was not right for her.

Pat Delaney The Beatles and the Cavern Club
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Pat Delaney was a doorman in a small, seedy, sweaty club in Liverpool in the 1960s called the Cavern club. One night four young men turned up - Pat calls them 'four scruffs' - he almost refused them entry until they said they were the musicians playing in the club that night, and they called themselves the Beatles. Pat watched and heard the band's meteoric rise - to become one of the most famous bands of this century.
D. A. Pennebaker Watching Bob Dylan
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D.A. Pennebaker pioneered the art form of rock documentary - watching and filming Bob Dylan on tour in Britain in 1965. The resulting film, called Don't Look Back, is a visual record of a turning point in Dylan's career - the point at which the young folk singer metamorphosed into the voice of a new generation of rebellious youth. D. A. Pennebaker remembers the brilliant, shock-headed Dylan of those early days.
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