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Minoo Dinshaw on Mendelssohn

Author Minoo Dinshaw is drawn to Mendelssohn’s ‘Scottish’ Third Symphony. Tuning in to its emotional landscape, he questions the piece’s – and his own – identity.

Annie Proulx wrote, in The Shipping News: "You know, one of the tragedies of real life is that there is no background music". In this series of Radio 3's The Essay authors meditate on a piece of music that has formed the back-drop to their craft. In five intimate radio essays they explore how pieces inspire creativity through mood, narrative or structure, inviting us to step into the music – and the author’s – inner world.

Biographer Minoo Dinshaw is drawn to Mendelssohn’s ‘Scottish’ Third Symphony. Tuning in to its emotional landscape and atmosphere, he questions the piece’s – and his own – identity.

Producer, Miranda Hinkley.
Executive Producer, Peggy Sutton.
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