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Truck Driver Modulation

Tom Service on the art of the sudden key change - whether it's Bruckner, Bon Jovi, Mahler or Michael Jackson. Today we ramp up the emotional impact with a blatant change of key.

Today on The Listening Service Tom gets into gear for the truck driver modulation - crunching from one key to another, and not worrying overly about the musical synchromesh.

There's not too much attention paid to the proper rules of harmony in today's programme, which celebrates the emotional and dramatic impact of the well-placed sudden key change. From Bruckner to Bon Jovi, Mahler to Michael Jackson, and less alliteratively, from Schubert to Bill Withers via Barry Manilow, we may love to hate this technique, but join Tom as he stands up for the key change (like Westlife).

With Dr. Dai Griffiths, Senior Lecturer in Music at Oxford Brookes University, and novelist Elizabeth Day.

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30 minutes

Music Played

  • Maurice Ravel

    Bolero for orchestra

    Conductor: Pierre Boulez. Performer: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra.
    • DEUTSCHE GRAMMOPHON.
    • 439-859-2.
  • Dolly Parton

    I WILL ALWAYS LOVE YOU

    Performer: Whitney Houston.
    • ARTISTA.
    • 74321-12065-2.
  • Michael Jackson

    MAN IN THE MIRROR

    Performer: Michael Jackson.
    • EPIC.
    • 5044-232.
  • The Temptations

    My Girl

    • MOTOWN.
    • 530-5622.
  • Westlife

    Shadows

    • RCA.
    • 0-0.
  • Mel Brooks

    HABEN SIE GEHORT DAS DEUTSCHE BAND? (THE PRODUCERS)

    Performer: Brad Oscar.
    • SONY CLASSICAL.
    • SK-89646.
  • Ludwig van Beethoven

    Symphony no. 8 in F major Op.93

    Conductor: Charles Mackerras. Performer: Scottish Chamber Orchestra.
    • HYPERION.
    • CDS 443015.
  • Richard Wagner

    Das Rheingold [Part 1 of 'Der Ring des Nibelungen']

    Conductor: Reginald Goodall. Performer: English National Opera Orchestra.
    • CHANDOS.
    • CHAN-3143.
  • Richard Wagner

    Gotterdammerung [Part 4 of 'Der Ring des Nibelungen']

    Conductor: Bernard Haitink. Performer: Bavarian S O.
    • 10.
    • 2283772.
  • Gustav Mahler

    Symphony no. 5 in C sharp minor

    Conductor: Herbert von Karajan. Performer: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra.
    • DG.
    • DG 439 429-2.
  • Gustav Mahler

    Symphony no. 9

    Conductor: Sir Simon Rattle. Performer: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra.
    • EMI.
    • 586501 2.
  • Stevie Wonder

    I JUST CALLED TO SAY I LOVE YOU

    Performer: Stevie Wonder.
    • MOTOWN.
    • WD-72609.
  • C Arnold

    Can't Smile Without You

    Composer: D Martin. Performer: Barry Manilow. Performer: Barry Manilow Band. Performer: Ron Walters. Performer: BBC Concert Orchestra.
  • The Beach Boys

    God Only Knows

    • Capitol.
    • 7243-57134521.
  • Bernard Cribbins

    RIGHT SAID FRED

    • EMI GOLD.
    • 578-6582.
  • Bill Withers

    Harlem

    Performer: Bill Withers.
    • Columbia.
    • 82876845522.
  • Jean Sibelius

    Symphony no. 3 in C major Op.52

    Conductor: Sir Mark Elder. Performer: Hallé.
    • Halle.
    • CDHLL7514.
  • Steve Reich

    MUSIC FOR 18 MUSICIANS (final sections)

    Performer: Ensemble Signal.
    • Harmonia Mundi.
    • HMU907608.
  • Anton Bruckner

    Symphony no. 8 in C minor

    Conductor: Mariss Jansons. Performer: Bavarian S O.
    • BR-Klassik.
    • 900165.
  • Franz Schubert

    Sonata in A major D.959 for piano

    Performer: Paul Lewis.
    • HARMONIA MUNDI.
    • HMC 902165/66.
  • Nellie McKay

    David

    Performer: Nellie McKay.
    • Columbia.
    • 21670.
  • D Child

    Livin On A Prayer

    Composer: Jon Bon Jovi. Composer: Richie Sambora. Performer: BON JOVI.
    • Universal Music TV.
    • 545-3012.

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