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Building Bridges - The Art of the Middle 8

4 Extra Debut. Midge Ure explores the art and craft of the bridge, or middle 8, in popular song from Mozart to McCartney. From 2013.

Midge Ure explores the art and the craft of the bridge, or middle 8, in popular song.

Think of A Day In The Life, Good Vibrations, We Can Work It Out, I'm Not In Love and Born To Run. Each of them features a clever middle section which builds musical tension.

It's not always in the middle and it's not always 8 bars in length, but its job is always to introduce a new element into the song, a new chord sequence or melody, a change in the arrangement or an instrumental solo.

Jazz pianist Neil Cowley traces its origins back to Mozart, musicologist Helen Caddick and journalist David Hepworth discuss the drama a good bridge can create, and songwriters Justin Currie and Boo Hewerdine demonstrate some of the most memorable examples and how they were composed.

Boo even composes a new middle 8 for a famous Bee Gees song which doesn't have one.

Produced by Trevor Dann
A TDC production for BBC Radio 4 first broadcast in 2013.

30 minutes

Last on

Wed 12 Jun 2019 01:30


Music Played

  • Smokey Robinson & The Miracles

    The Tracks Of My Tears

  • Pet Shop Boys

    It's A Sin

  • The Beatles

    Eleanor Rigby

  • Pulp

    Common People

  • Burt Bacharach

    Do You Know The Way To San Jose?

    Performer: Dionne Warwick.
  • The Police

    Every Breath You Take

  • Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band

    Born To Run

  • Emeli Sandé


  • Mozart

    Piano Sonata in C major

    Performer: Neil Cowley.
  • Boo Hewerdine

    Whispering Grass

  • Justin Currie

    Always The Last To Know

  • Justin Currie

    If I Ever Loved You

  • Boo Hewerdine

    I Started A Joke

  • Coldplay

    Fix You

  • Boo Hewerdine

    Patience of Angels

  • The Beatles

    A Day In The Life

  • Elvis Costello

    Oliver's Army