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The Final, 2017

Episode 13 of 13

Paul Gambaccini chairs the 2017 final of the general knowledge music quiz, with competitors vying for the 31st Counterpoint title.

The most varied music quiz of them all reaches its climax for 2017, with the three competitors who have come through heats and semi-finals now facing the final challenge. Paul Gambaccini asks the questions that will determine who takes the 31st BBC Counterpoint title.

Would you know the name of the quirky Scottish folk group who performed at Woodstock, but were omitted from the film of the festival? Which British singer-songwriter who died earlier this year was once in a short-lived super-group called Oasis? And who is credited with inventing the name of Tchaikovsky's sixth symphony, the 'Pathetique'?

The answers to these and many other questions lie within today's grand Final - and there are plenty of musical extracts to jog your memory and perhaps lead you down new musical avenues.

Producer: Paul Bajoria.

28 minutes

Last on

Sat 30 Sep 2017 23:00

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Music Played

  • The Final

  • Johann Sebastian Bach

    Partita in E Major

    Performer: Jacques Loussier.
    • MCCD-113.
  • Richard Strauss

    Piano Sonata, Op 5

    Performer: Glenn Gould.
    • CBS Masterworks.
    • CD 38659.
  • Peter Skellern

    You're A Lady

    • PWKS-554.
  • Ferdinand Hérold

    Overture - Zampa

    Conductor: Arthur Fiedler. Performer: Boston Pops Orchestra.
    • RCA.
    • LSC-2470.
  • The Incredible String Band

    The Minotaur's Song

    • WEA.
    • 75596083522.
  • Scott Joplin

    Aunt Dinah Has Blowed The Horn

    Performer: Houston Grand Opera Chorus.
    • 435-709-2.
  • Anton Bruckner

    Symphony No.7 in E major (2nd mvt - Adagio) (excerpt)

    Performer: Amsterdam Concertgebouw conducted by Haitink.
    • Philips.
    • 446-580-2.
  • Anton Bruckner


    Conductor: Herbert Blomstedt. Performer: Gewandhausorchester Leipzig.
    • MDR Querstand.
    • VKJK 0708.
  • A Date With The Devil

  • Franz Liszt

    A Faust Symphony - 3rd Movement 'Mephistopheles'

    Conductor: Leonard Bernstein. Performer: Boston Symphony Orchestra.
    • Deutsche Grammophon.
    • 431 470-2.
  • The Charlie Daniels Band

    The Devil Went Down To Georgia

    • RRTCD-79.
  • Jerry Goldsmith

    Ave Satani

    Performer: National Philharmonic Orchestra and Chorus.
    • VSD-6288.
  • National Revolutions & Music

  • Eugene Pottier-Pierre Degeyter


    Conductor: Arturo Toscanini. Performer: NBC Symphony Orchestra. Performer: Westminster Choir.
    • RCA Victor.
    • GD60299.
  • Trad.


    Conductor: Elgar Howarth. Performer: Philip Jones Brass Ensemble.
    • Classic FM.
    • CFMCD 9.
  • Original London Cast

    Do You Hear The People Sing?

    • CAST-CD 104.
  • 50 Years of Radio 1, 2, 3 & 4

  • The Move

    Flowers In The Rain

    • MCCD = 345.
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Conversation Piece

    Music Arranger: Fritz Spiegl.
    • BBC Radio Collection.
    • ZBBC 1814.
  • Brian Fahey

    At The Sign Of The Swinging Cymbal

    • CD-336535-2.

The 2017 Finalists

MARK GRANT, an accountant from Bromley in Kent

STEVE LODGE,  a stock-taker from Bridgwater in Somerset

RICHARD SEARLE, a software developer from London.


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