What makes the extraordinary music of Czech composer Leoš Janáček instantly recognisable?
Tom Service explores cartoon music, from manic Mickey Mouse to moody Batman.
How does harmony work its magic?
Tom Service explores the viola's secret influence in music.
How was the humdrum study transformed by great composers into miniature masterpieces?
What gives away a composer's personal style? How can we spot their musical signatures?
Tom Service explores musical collaborations.
In between the gaps left by the big names lurks many a forgotten great composer...
Tom Service laments and consoles with some of the great 'what ifs' of music history.
Tom Service investigates what happens when musical rhythm is loosened by swing or rubato.
How did Beethoven compose one the most famous works in classical music?
Tom Service explores the music of Sibelius as a force of nature.
Tom Service on the fascination of out-of-the-ordinary rhythms.
How did the Tango escape its lowly origins to become a world-wide phenomenon?
Tom Service on the majesty of the organ
Toms Service explores the way composers engineer musical crescendos and climaxes.
Is classical music in fashion? Who's listening and what are they actually listening to?
Historically informed performance practice, or HIPP: what is it and why?
The classical music canon - who decides what's in and what's out? And can it change?
Tom Service unlocks mysteries of Bach's towering keyboard work The Goldberg Variations.
Tom Service on what happens when our music goes slow.
How is the rhythm and physicality of our breathing reflected in music?
Tom Service scopes the musical world of one of his favourite composers, Maurice Ravel.
Tom Service explores classical music’s ultimate binge-listening box set - The Ring.
What makes English music sound English?
Tom Service explores talking in music - from 'sprechgesang' to rap.
Tom Service explores the music of Franz Liszt, with help from pianist Mariam Batsashvili.
Tom Service explores the world of Close Harmony and Barbershop singing.
Tom Service takes a journey through the music of the Finnish-born, Paris-based composer.
Why are there so many ways to perform the same piece of music? What is interpretation?