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Tuesday - Sarah Walker with Maggie Aderin-Pocock

With Sarah Walker. Including My Favourite Scherzos; Musical challenge; Music in Time: lutenist and singer Maddalena Casulana; Rebecca Clarke: Viola Sonata.

My favourite... scherzos. The title 'scherzo' derives from the Italian for 'joke', and many composers have found it suited to a particularly light hearted style of writing. Through the week Sarah chooses a handful of her favourites ranging from the capricious to the virtuosic, with examples by composers including Antonin Dvorak, Frederic Chopin, Madeleine Dring and Antonio Bazzini.

Take part in our daily musical challenge: can you work out which two composers are associated with a particular piece?

Sarah's guest is the space scientist Dr Maggie Aderin-Pocock. Maggie specialises in satellite technology and has worked on projects including the Gemini Observatory, the James Webb space telescope and the European satellite ADM-Aeolus. She is also a public speaker, broadcaster and presenter of programmes including The Sky at Night, and is committed to inspiring the next generation of scientists. Maggie will be talking about her career, and her life-long obsession with space, and sharing a selection of her favourite classical music, every day at 10am.

Sarah places Music in Time. It's the turn of the Renaissance period and Maddalena Casulana, an Italian lutenist and singer who, in 1568, became the first woman to have her music printed and published.

On International Women's Day, Sarah introduces the Viola Sonata of Rebecca Clarke, a piece that reflects the prejudices that women composers fought against in the early 20th century.

Viola Sonata
Philip Dukes (viola)
Sophia Rahman (piano).

3 hours

Music Played

  • Jeanne-Renee de Bombelles

    Pauvre Jacques

    Performer: 平井千絵. Singer: Mayuko Karasawa.
    • FONTEC.

    • Madeleine Dring

      Festival Scherzo

      Performer: Martin Roscoe. Ensemble: Guildhall String Ensemble. Conductor: Robert Salter.
      • HYPERION.
  • Comtessa de Diá

    A chantar

    Singer: Meredith Hall. Ensemble: Toronto Consort.
    • MARQUIS.
  • Élisabeth Jacquet de La Guerre

    Violin Sonata no.3 in F major

    Ensemble: La Rêveuse. Director: Benjamin Perrot.
    • MIRARE.
  • Cécile Louise Chaminade

    Capriccio, Op 18

    Performer: Nils‐Erik Sparf. Performer: Bengt Forsberg.
    • DG.
  • Roxanna Panufnik

    The Call

    Performer: Lucy Wakeford. Choir: BBC Singers. Conductor: David Hill.
  • Clara Schumann

    Konzertsatz in F minor

    Performer: Lucy Parham. Orchestra: BBC Concert Orchestra. Conductor: Barry Wordsworth.
  • Lili Boulanger

    Pie Jesu

    Performer: Francis Pierre. Performer: Eric Lebrun. Performer: Olivier Charlier. Performer: Aude Perin Dureau. Performer: Magali Demesse. Performer: Raphaelle Semezis. Singer: Isabelle Sabrie. Conductor: Emile Naoumoff.

    • Dame Ethel Mary Smyth

      Kyrie (Mass in D major)

      Choir: Stuttgart Philharmonia Choir. Orchestra: Württembergische Philharmonie Reutlingen. Conductor: Helmut Wolf.
      • AUDITE.

    • Judith Weir

      Stars, Night, Music and Light

      Choir: BBC Symphony Chorus. Orchestra: BBC Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Jiří Bělohlávek.
  • Gabriela Montero

    Improvisation on Vivaldi's Winter

    Performer: Gabriela Montero.
    • EMI.
  • Music in Time: Renaissance

    • Maddalena Casulana

      Ridon or per le piagge; Amor per qual cagión; Io d'odorate fronde

      Ensemble: The Toronto Consort.
      • MARQUIS.
  • Anna Disley-Simpson


    Orchestra: BBC Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Rumon Gamba.
  • Fanny Hensel

    Songs Op.1, no.1; Schwanenlied

    Performer: Anna Tilbrook. Singer: Kitty Whately.
  • Fanny Hensel

    Songs Op.1, no.3; Warum sind die Rosen so blass

    Performer: Pavel Kolesnikov. Singer: Benjamin Appl.
  • Fanny Hensel

    5 Songs Op.10, no.1; Nach Suden

    Performer: Anna Tilbrook. Singer: Kitty Whately.
  • Rebecca Clarke

    Sonata for viola and piano

    Performer: Philip Dukes. Performer: Sophia Rahman.
    • NAXOS.
  • Louise Farrenc

    Symphony No 3 in G minor, Op 36

    Orchestra: NDR Radio Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Johannes Goritzki.
    • CPO.

By Association

Answer: Lili and Nadia Boulanger

The music played:

Lili Boulanger
Pie Jesu
Isabelle Sabrié (soprano)
Francis Pierre (harp)
Eric LeBrun (organ)
Olivier Charlier & Aude Perin Dureau (violins)
Magali Demesse (viola)
Raphaëlle Semezis (cello)
Emile Naoumoff (conductor)


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