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How Music Makes Us Feel

People often turn to music when words are not enough. Alan Yentob talks to musicians including Emeli Sande and Laurie Anderson about the emotional power of music.

Many people turn to music when words are not enough, at funerals and weddings, at times of heartbreak and euphoria. It seems to hold more emotion and go deeper than words.

Musicians as varied as Emeli Sande, who enthralled the world when she sang at the Olympics, opera diva Jessye Norman, dubstep artist Mala and modern classical composer George Benjamin explain how music makes them feel. Alan Yentob also talks to a vicar, a psychologist, a Hollywood composer, an adman and even the people who choose the music played in shopping malls. He sees babies dance to a rhythm, and old people brought forth out of silence by the power of music.

1 hour, 5 minutes

Last on

Tue 27 Nov 2012 23:05


Role Contributor
Series Editor Alan Yentob
Director Jill Nicholls
Presenter Alan Yentob
Producer Jill Nicholls
Participant Emeli Sande
Participant Jessye Norman
Participant George Benjamin
Participant Laurie Anderson
Participant Marcel Zentner
Participant Michael Spitzer


  • Tue 27 Nov 2012 22:35
  • Tue 27 Nov 2012 23:05