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I Got Rhythm

Tom Service asks what is rhythm, how we feel a beat and whether we need it to enjoy music. Music includes Bach's courtly dances, Steve Reich's Clapping Music and James Brown.

Ever gone out dancing? Or found your fingers and toes tapping along to your favourite tune? We find rhythm irresistible as humans.

But what is rhythm? How do we feel that beat - and do we need it to enjoy music? Tom Service explores rhythm in music from Bach's courtly dances to Steve Reich's clapping hands, finds out what puts the rhythm in RnB and discovers music that has no rhythm at all.

Meanwhile musical neuroscientist Dr Jessica Grahn is on hand to show us how rhythm affects our brains and together they find out the beat really does go on throughout our human lives.

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29 minutes

Last on

Fri 6 Sep 2019 16:30

Music Played

  • Ludwig van Beethoven

    Symphony No 7 in A Major, Op 92 (4th mvt)

    Orchestra: Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Manfred Honeck.
    • Beethoven 5 & 7.
    • Reference Recordings.
    • 8.
  • Antonio Vivaldi

    Violin Concerto in G minor, RV 315, 'Summer' (3rd mvt)

    Performer: Nicola Benedetti. Conductor: Christian Curnyn. Orchestra: Scottish Chamber Orchestra.
    • Decca.
  • Iggy Pop

    Lust For Life

    • Lust for Life.
    • RCA.
  • John Adams

    Short Ride in a Fast Machine

    Orchestra: City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Sir Simon Rattle.
    • Adams: Harmonielehre etc: City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra/Rattle.
    • EMI Classics.
    • 6.
  • Igor Stravinsky

    The Rite of Spring (Augurs of Spring)

    Orchestra: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Sir Simon Rattle.
    • Stravinsky: The Rite of Spring: Rattle / Berliner Philarmoniker.
    • EMI.
    • 3-5.
  • Johnny Cash and The Tennessee Two

    Get Rhythm

    • Get Rhythm.
    • Sun.
  • Steve Reich

    Clapping Music

    Performer: Steve Reich. Performer: David Cossin.
  • Anna Meredith

    HandsFree

    Performer: Anna Meredith.
  • Traditional Russian

    Song of the Volga Boatmen

    Singer: Arthur Eizen. Choir: Soviet Army Chorus. Ensemble: Soviet Army Band. Conductor: Col. Boris Alexander.
    • EMI.
  • Antonio Vivaldi

    Mandolin Concerto in C major, RV.425

    Performer: Avi Avital. Orchestra: Venice Baroque Orchestra.
    • Avi Avital Vivaldi.
    • DG.
    • 7.
  • Faithless

    Insomnia

    • Insomnia.
    • Cheeky Records.
  • Adzido

    Warrior

    • Traditional Songs and Dances from Africa.
    • ARC.
  • Lincoln Lewis

    Wabouga

    • The Rough Guide to Central America.
    • World Music Network.
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Symphony No 41 in C major, K 551, 'Jupiter' (4th mvt)

    Orchestra: Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Sir Roger Norrington.
    • Mozart: Essential Symphonies Vol. I: Norrington.
    • Hanssler Classics.
  • Joseph Haydn

    Symphony No 99 in E flat major (1st mvt)

    Orchestra: Les Musiciens du Louvre-Grenobles. Conductor: Marc Minkowski.
    • Haydn, 12 London Symphonies: Marc Minkowski, Les Musiciens du Louvre-Grenobles.
    • Naive.
    • 1.
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Symphony No 41 in C major, K 551, 'Jupiter' (1st mvt)

    Conductor: Colin Davis. Orchestra: Staatskapelle Dresden.
    • Mozart: Symphonies Nos. 39 & 41: Sir Colin Davis.
    • Philips.
    • 5.
  • Gustav Mahler

    Symphony no.6 - 1st mvt

    Performer: Budapest FO. Performer: Iván Fischer.
    • Channel.
  • Johann Sebastian Bach

    Orchestral Suite No 2 in B minor, BWV 1067 (Badinérie)

    Orchestra: Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra. Conductor: Ton Koopman.
    • J.S. Bach, Orchestral Suites, Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra / Ton Koopman.
    • RCA.
    • 7.
  • Johann Sebastian Bach

    Orchestral Suite No 3 in D major, BWV 1068 (Air)

    Orchestra: Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra. Conductor: Ton Koopman.
    • J.S. Bach, Orchestral Suites, Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra / Ton Koopman.
    • RCA.
    • 2.
  • Joseph Haydn

    Symphony No 94 in G major, 'Surprise' (3rd mvt)

    Orchestra: Les Musiciens du Louvre-Grenobles. Conductor: Marc Minkowski.
    • Haydn, 12 London Symphonies: Marc Minkowski, Les Musiciens du Louvre-Grenobles.
    • Naive.
    • 3.
  • Ludwig van Beethoven

    Symphony No 2 in D major, Op 36 (3rd mvt)

    Orchestra: Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique. Conductor: Sir John Eliot Gardiner.
    • Beethoven: The Symphonies, John Eliot Gardiner.
    • Archiv Produktion.
    • 7.
  • Hector Berlioz

    Symphonie fantastique (2nd mvt, The Ball)

    Orchestra: West–Eastern Divan Orchestra. Conductor: Daniel Barenboim.
    • Berlioz: Symphonie Fantastique.
    • Decca.
    • 2.
  • Gustav Mahler

    Symphony No 6 in A minor (2nd mvt; 3rd mvt)

    Orchestra: Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Daniel Harding.
    • BR KLASSIK.
  • Igor Stravinsky

    The Rite of Spring (Part 2: Sacrifical Dance)

    Orchestra: Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Gustavo Dudamel.
    • Igor Stravinsky, The Rite of Spring: Simon Bolivar Youth Orchestra of Venezuela.
    • Deutsche Grammaphon.
    • 14.
  • Little Richard

    Tutti Frutti

    • Tutti Frutti.
    • Magic.
  • Gloria Gaynor

    I Will Survive

    • I Will Survive.
    • Polydor.
  • James Brown

    (Get Up I Feel Like Being A) Sex Machine

    • Get Up I Feel Like Being A Sex Machine.
    • Mercury.
  • Skepta

    Shutdown

    • Konnichiwa.
    • Boy Better Know.
  • Muddy Waters

    Hoochie Coochie Man

    • Honey Bee.
    • Wolf.
  • Johannes Brahms

    Symphony no.2 - 4th mvt

    Performer: Gewandhaus Orchestra. Performer: Ricardo Chailly.
    • Decca.
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Don Giovanni - Act 2 scene 20

    Performer: René Jacobs.
    • Don Giovanni.
    • harmonia Mundi.
  • Conlon Nancarrow

    Study no.7

    Performer: Conlon Nancarrow.
    • Wergo.
  • György Ligeti

    Piano Etude no.1 Desordre

    Performer: Jeremy Denk.
    • Nonesuch.
  • Aka Pygmies

    Yangissa

    • African Rhythms.
    • Teldec.
  • György Ligeti

    Atmosphères

    Orchestra: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Jonathan Nott.
    • WARNER.
  • Pauline Oliveros

    In Memoriam Mr. Whitney

    Performer: Pauline Oliveros. Choir: American Voices.
    • Oliveros: St. George and the Dragon; In Memoriam Mr. Whitney.
    • MODE.
    • 1.
  • Anton Bruckner

    Symphony no.8 - 3rd mvt

    Performer: Staatskapelle Dresden. Performer: Christian Thielemann.
    • Profil.
  • Massive Attack

    Teardrop

    • Mezzanine.
    • Virgin.
  • Buddy Rich

    The Beat Goes On

    • Big Swing Face.
    • Fontana.

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