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Samuel Barber/Emerson Quartet/West Side Story

Tom Service marks the centenary of American composer Samuel Barber, visits the Emerson string quartet in rehearsal, discovers the Fluid Piano and speaks to the author of a new book about West Side Story.

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45 minutes

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Sat 20 Mar 2010 12:15

Knock on wood – six stunning wooden concert halls around the world

TSCH Mike Gutteridge rs

Steel and concrete can't beat good old wood to produce the best sounds for music.

The evolution of video game music

Man playing video games with headphones

Tom Service traces the rise of an exciting new genre, from bleeps to responsive scores.

Why music can literally make us lose track of time

Woman listening to music with big headphones

Try our psychoacoustic experiment to see how tempo can affect your timekeeping abilities.