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Talking in music

Tom Service explores talking in music - from Gilbert and Sullivan's patter songs to high-art 'sprechgesang' by Schoenberg, from Mozart's recitative to the rap of present-day LA.

Tom Service explores talking in music - from Gilbert and Sullivan's patter songs to high-art ‘sprechgesang’ by Schoenberg, from Mozart's recitative to the rap of present-day LA. Anyway, who's to say what is talking and what is singing? Archive recordings of WB Yeats reveal him intoning his poetry melodically, while Ken Nordine devised what he called ‘Word Jazz’.

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29 minutes

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Sun 3 May 2020 17:00

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  • Sun 3 May 2020 17:00

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Why do we call it 'classical' music?

Tom Service poses a very simple question (with a not-so-simple answer).

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Six of the world's most extreme voices

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How Schoenberg opened a new cosmos for composers and listeners to explore.

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Watch the animations

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We like to think we can separate “noise” from “music”, but is it that simple?

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