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The Music of the Night

From nocturnes and nightmares to dreams and dances, music loves the night. Tom is joined by experts to help him discover the music and sounds found after the sun sets.

From nocturnes and nightmares to dreams and dances - music loves the night. Tom discovers the music and sounds found after the sun sets, from Wagner and Mozart to Faithless and Aerosmith via the songs of nightingales and crickets.

He explores the nocturnal sounds of the natural world with sound recordist Ellie Williams and sees how composers like Bartok have tried to incorporate those sounds in their music.

Music is full of dreamscapes as well as nightmares, so science writer Alice Robb is on hand to explain why we dream and how we might be at our most creative when we close our eyes to dream.

Hannah Thorne (producer)

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29 minutes

Music Played

  • Ben E. King

    Stand By Me

    Performer: Ben E. King.
    • WARENR ESP.
    • 7567-80595-9.
  • Alfred Schnittke

    Seid nuchtern und wachet (Faust cantata) for soloists, chorus and orchestra

    Conductor: James DePreist. Performer: Inger Blom. Performer: Malmö SymfoniOrkester. Performer: Malmö Symfonikör.
    • BIS.
    • 437.
  • Bee Gees

    Saturday night Fever

    • RSO / Chappell.
    • 800-0702B.
  • B Bryant

    All I Have To Do Is Dream

    Performer: The Everly Brothers.
    • EMI.
    • CD EMTVD-55.
  • Max Richter

    Sleep for soprano, string quintet and keyboards

    Performer: American Contemporary Music Ensemble.
    • DG.
    • 4795257.
  • Claude Debussy

    Nocturnes for orchestra

    Conductor: Pierre Boulez. Performer: Cleveland Chorus. Performer: Cleveland Orchestra.
    • DG RECORDS.
    • DG-4398962.
  • Johannes Brahms

    Brahms Lullaby

    Performer: Tom's Music Box.
    • Sweet pie records.
    • 192914639947.
  • C+C Music Factory

    Gonna Make You Sweat

    • BULLETPROOF.
    • RCD-10820.
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Serenade in G major K.525 (Eine Kleine Nachtmusik)

    Performer: Gidon Kremer. Performer: Kremerata Baltica.
    • Nonesuch.
    • 7559796332.
  • Earth, Wind & Fire

    Boogie Wonderland

    • Sony.
    • SONYTV38CD.
  • David Guetta

    When Love Takes Over

    Composer: Kelly Rowland. Performer: Kelly Rowland.
    • Minstry of Sound.
    • HEDK-095.
  • Ólafur Arnalds

    Unfold

    Performer: Ólafur Arnalds.
    • Mercury KX.
    • 00602567660057.
  • Béla Bartók

    Out of doors - suite Sz.81 for piano

    Performer: Cédric Tiberghien.
    • Hyperion.
    • CDA 68123.
  • Béla Bartók

    Music for strings, percussion and celesta Sz.106

    Conductor: Iván Fischer. Performer: Budapest Festival Orchestra.
    • Philips.
    • 4168362.
  • John Field

    Nocturne no. 12 in G major H.58D for piano

    Performer: Joanna Leach.
    • Athene.
    • ATHCD12.
  • Frédéric Chopin

    2 Nocturnes Op.62 for piano

    Performer: Nelson Goerner.
    • Alpha.
    • 359.
  • Franz Liszt

    Liebestraume - 3 notturnos S.541 for piano

    Performer: Valentina Lisitsa.
    • decca.
    • 4784572.
  • Eurythmics

    Sweet Dreams

    • RCA.
    • ND-71471.
  • Pink

    A Million Dreams

    • Atlantic.
    • 1.
  • Steven Tyler

    DREAM ON

    Performer: Aerosmith.
    • CBS.
    • 460-703 2.
  • Jason Donovan

    Any Dream Will Do

    • POLYDOR.
    • 523 860-2.
  • Fabian André

    DREAM A LITTLE DREAM OF ME

    Composer: Gus Kahn. Composer: Wilbur Schwandt. Performer: Cass Elliot.
    • Old Gold.
    • OG-3726.
  • Brian Eno

    Music for Airports

    Performer: Brian Eno.
    • VIRGIN.
    • EEGCD-17.
  • The Beatles

    Yesterday

    Music Arranger: G.Martin.
    • PARLOPHONE.
    • CDP-746439 2.
  • Igor Stravinsky

    Octet

    Conductor: Esa‐Pekka Salonen. Performer: London Sinfonietta.
    • Sony.
    • S 45 797.
  • Giuseppe Tartini

    Sonata in G minor (Devil's trill), arr. Zandonai for violin and orchestra

    Conductor: Christian Curnyn. Performer: Catherine Rimer. Performer: Nicola Benedetti. Performer: Thomas Dunford.
    • DECCA.
    • 476 4342.
  • Arnold Schoenberg

    Erwartung - monodrama Op.17

    Conductor: Pierre Boulez. Performer: Janis Martin. Performer: BBC Symphony Orchestra.
    • SONY.
    • SMK-48466.
  • Richard Wagner

    Tristan und Isolde - opera in 3 acts

    Conductor: Karl Bohm. Performer: Birgit Nilsson. Performer: Wolfgang Windgassen. Performer: Orchester der Bayreuther Festspiele.
    • DG.
    • 449 772-2.
  • Faithless

    Insomnia

    • Now.
    • 7243 8-54708 2 0.
  • R.E.M.

    Nightswimming

    • Warner Bros.
    • 9362-45055--2.

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