Intro and Orchestral Films

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Trailblazers: Grażyna Bacewicz

Overture

Naomi Wilkinson explores Morse code motifs in Grażyna Bacewicz’s triumphant Overture, teaching us how her hope for victory got her through a time of fear and terror during WWII.
Watch the orchestral performance of Bacewicz’s piece Overture by the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Roderick Cox.

Trailblazers: Johannes Brahms

Hungarian Dance No. 5 in G minor

Radzi Chinyanganya introduces Hungarian Dance No. 5, one of Johannes Brahms’ most popular pieces. Inspired by the Hungarian folk dance Czárdás, it’s lively and full of energy.
Watch the full performance of Brahm’s piece by the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Roderick Cox.

Trailblazers: Delia Derbyshire

Doctor Who Theme (original theme by Ron Grainer)

Segun Akinola introduces the Doctor Who theme. Segun became the composer for the show in 2018. We learn how he was inspired by the original work of Delia Derbyshire & Ron Grainer.
Listen to the opening credits of the Doctor Who Theme arranged by Delia Derbyshire.

Trailblazers: George Gershwin

Rhapsody in Blue (excerpt)

George Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue is full of the sounds and energy of 1920s New York. Radzi Chinyanganya introduces the piece and tells us about Gershwin’s love of Jazz and Blues.
Pianist Lauren Zhang joins the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra to perform Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue.

Trailblazers: Florence Price

Symphony No. 1 in E minor (3rd mvt)

Naomi Wilkinson explores the West African rhythms of Florence Price’s Symphony No. 1. Price combines these rhythms with the sound of spirituals and traditional classical music.
Watch the full performance of Price’s piece by the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Roderick Cox.

Trailblazers: Steve Reich

Music for 18 Musicians (excerpt)

Naomi Wilkinson introduces Steve Reich’s Music for 18 Musicians, a minimalist masterpiece. We explore the short motifs and repeating patterns that make Reich’s music so exciting.
Watch the performance of Reich’s Music for 18 Musicians (excerpt) by members of the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra alongside students from The National Youth Orchestra of Scotland and The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.

Trailblazers: Ravi Shankar

Symphony – finale (excerpt)

Explore Ravi Shankar’s Symphony – Finale. Learn about Hindustani music, the raga (melody) and tala (rhythm) that shapes the piece, and also the Banjara people who inspired it.
Sitar player Guarav Mazumdar joins the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra to perform an excerpt from the finale of Ravi Shankar’s Symphony, conducted by Roderick Cox.

Trailblazers: Heitor Villa-Lobos

Bachianas brasileiras No. 2, The Little Train of the Caipira (finale)

Naomi Wilkinson explores The Little Train of the Caipira by Heitor Villa Lobos. This piece is packed full of the bustling sounds of Brazil – it’s folk music and local instruments.
Watch the orchestral performance of Villa-Lobos’s piece performed by the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Roderick Cox.

Trailblazers: Antonio Vivaldi

‘Winter’ from ‘The Four Seasons’, Allegro non molto (1st mvt)

Stephanie Childress introduces trailblazer Antonio Vivaldi with one of his most famous pieces – Winter from The Fours Seasons. Stephanie also plays violin alongside the orchestra.
Violinist Stephanie Childress directs the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra to play 'Winter' from Antonio Vivaldi's The Four Seasons.

Trailblazers: Hans Zimmer

Earth

Naomi Wilkinson introduces this piece Earth, written especially for Ten Pieces by the world-famous trailblazer Hans Zimmer. Hans talks all about what has inspired him to write this piece.
The BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and the Royal Scottish National Orchestra Junior Chorus perform Earth by Hans Zimmer.

John Adams

Short Ride in a Fast Machine

Khalil Madovi introduces John Adams's Short Ride in a Fast Machine Lively animation makes this an exciting introduction to minimalist music.
Watch a full orchestral performance of John Adams's Short Ride In A Fast Machine by the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, conducted by Thomas Søndergård.

Kerry Andrew

No Place Like

Lemn Sissay explores Kerry Andrew's song using facts and insight, beautiful animation and footage from the heart of the Ten Pieces Children's Choir.
Watch the full performance of Kerry Andrew's song by the Ten Pieces Children's Choir, conducted by Grace Rossiter.

Johann Sebastian Bach

Toccata and Fugue in D minor

James May explores the incredible details of Bach's piece, with organist Wayne Marshall.
The BBC Philharmonic Orchestra perform Toccata and Fugue in D minor, BWV 565, arranged by Stokowski. They are conducted by Alpesh Chauhan.

Mason Bates

Anthology of Fantastic Zoology – Sprite; A Bao A Qu

Lemn Sissay explores two movements from Mason Bates' Anthology of Fantastic Zoology using facts and insight, animation and footage from the heart of the BBC Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Rafael Payare.
Watch the full performance of Mason Bates' piece by the BBC Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Rafael Payare.

Ludwig Van Beethoven

Symphony No. 5 (1st movement)

This witty clip gives a fascinating insight into one of the most famous classical tunes.
Watch a full orchestral performance of Beethoven's Symphony No. 5 (1st movement) by the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, conducted by Thomas Søndergård.

Leonard Bernstein

'Mambo' from Symphonic Dances from 'West Side Story'

Pixie Lott explores romance and revenge in Bernstein's lively piece.
The BBC Philharmonic Orchestra perform Bernstein's 'Mambo' from Symphonic Dances from 'West Side Story', conducted by Alpesh Chauhan.

Georges Bizet

‘Habanera’ and ‘Toreador Song’ from ‘Carmen Suite No. 2’

Bizet's 'Carmen' is re-imagined as a nightclub scene, as Bobby and Naomi look on.
The BBC Philharmonic Orchestra perform 'Habanera' from 'Carmen Suite No. 2', conducted by Alpesh Chauhan.

Joseph Bologne

Chevalier de Saint-Georges Symphony No. 1 in G major – Allegro (1st mvt

Naomi Wilkinson explores the music of Saint-Georges and his incredible story using facts insight, animation and footage from the heart of the BBC Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Rafael Payare.
Watch the full performance of Joseph Bologne, Chevalier de Saint-Georges' piece by the BBC Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Rafael Payare.

Benjamin Britten

‘Storm’ Interlude from ‘Peter Grimes’

Benjamin Britten's depiction of a storm at sea is brought to life in this dramatic clip.
Watch a full orchestral performance of 'Storm' Interlude from Britten's 'Peter Grimes' by the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, conducted by Thomas Søndergård.

Anna Clyne

Night Ferry (extract)

Doc Brown plunges into the darkest depths of the ocean with Anna Clyne's Night Ferry.
The BBC Philharmonic Orchestra perform Night Ferry (extract), conducted by Alpesh Chauhan.

Aaron Copland

Hoe-Down

Lemn Sissay explores the Hoe-Down from Copland's ballet Rodeo using facts and insight, lively animation and footage from the heart of the BBC Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Rafael Payare.
Watch the full performance of Copland's piece by the BBC Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Rafael Payare.

Antonín Dvořák

Symphony No. 9 in E minor, 'From the New World’ – Largo (2nd mvt)

Naomi Wilkinson explores Antonín Dvořák's music using facts and insight, beautiful animation and footage from the heart of the BBC Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Rafael Payare.
Watch the full performance of Antonín Dvořák's piece by the BBC Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Rafael Payare.

Edward Elgar

‘Enigma’ Variations – Theme (‘Enigma’), variations 11, 6 & 7

Naomi Wilkinson explores Elgar's musical portraits using facts and insight, fun animation and footage from the heart of the BBC Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Rafael Payare.
Watch the full performance of Elgar's music by the BBC Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Rafael Payare.

Edvard Grieg

In the Hall of the Mountain King from 'Peer Gynt'

Grieg's music is brought to life with a mysterious animated introduction
Watch a full orchestral performance of Grieg's In the Hall of the Mountain King from 'Peer Gynt' by the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, conducted by Thomas Søndergård.

George Frideric Handel

Zadok the Priest

The history behind this familiar piece is explained by singer Laura Mvula.
Watch a full orchestral performance of Handel's Zadok The Priest by the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, conducted by Thomas Søndergård.

Joseph Haydn

Trumpet Concerto (3rd movement)

Dion Dublin heads to the football pitch to explore the details of Haydn's clever concerto.
The BBC Philharmonic Orchestra and trumpet soloist Alison Balsom perform Trumpet Concerto (3rd movement), conducted by Alpesh Chauhan.

Gustav Holst

'Mars' from 'The Planets'

Dick and Dom explore Holst's piece about war from the cockpit of a spaceship.
Watch a full orchestral performance of 'Mars' from Holst's 'The Planets' by the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, conducted by Thomas Søndergård.

Anna Meredith

Connect It

Anna Meredith composed Connect It specially for BBC Ten Pieces.
Watch the full body percussion performance of Anna Meredith's Connect It, which features in the Ten Pieces I film.

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Horn Concerto No. 4 (3rd movement)

A chase through a maze makes an accessible introduction to this recognisable piece.
Watch a full orchestral performance of Mozart's Horn Concerto No. 4 (3rd movement) by the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, conducted by Thomas Søndergård.

Modest Mussorgsky

A Night on the Bare Mountain

With cackling witches and animation, this clip brings 'Night on a Bare Mountain' to life!
Watch a full orchestral performance of Mussorgsky's A Night On The Bare Mountain by the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, conducted by Thomas Søndergård.

Carl Orff

Carmina Burana - 'O fortuna'

As fortune spins her wheel, Naomi Wilkinson takes a chance to explore Carl Orff's most popular piece 'O fortuna', using facts and insight, beautiful animation and footage from the heart of the BBC Symphony Orchestra and Ten Pieces Children's Choir.
Watch the full performance of Carl Orff's 'O fortuna' by the BBC Symphony Orchestra and the Ten Pieces Children's Choir, conducted by Rafael Payare.

Gabriel Prokofiev

Concerto for Turntables and Orchestra (5th movement)

Clara and Gabriel take a ride through Gabriel's mind to see how he composed his concerto.
The BBC Philharmonic Orchestra perform with DJ Mr Switch, conducted by Alpesh Chauhan.

Henry Purcell

Abdelazer – Rondeau

Lemn Sissay explores Purcell's piece using facts and insight, spooky animation and footage from the heart of the BBC Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Rafael Payare.
Watch the full performance of Henry Purcell's piece by the BBC Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Rafael Payare.

Dmitri Shostakovich

Symphony No. 10 (2nd movement)

Lemn Sissay investigates what it was like writing music under Stalin's oppressive regime.
A performance of Symphony No. 10 (2nd movement) by the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Alpesh Chauhan.

Jean Sibelius

Finlandia

Naomi Wilkinson explores Sibelius's music using facts and insight, atmospheric animation and footage from the heart of the BBC Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Rafael Payare.
Watch the full performance of Sibelius's piece by the BBC Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Rafael Payare.

Igor Stravinsky

The Firebird — suite (1911) (Finale)

Learn the story behind Stravinsky's Firebird in this beautiful clip with animation.
Watch a full orchestral performance of Stravinsky's The Firebird by the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, conducted by Thomas Søndergård.

Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

The Nutcracker – Russian Dance

Lemn Sissay explores two extracts from Tchaikovsky's The Nutcracker using facts and insight, beautiful animation and footage from the heart of the BBC Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Rafael Payare.
Watch the full performance of Tchaikovsky's piece by the BBC Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Rafael Payare.

Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

The Nutcracker – Waltz of the Flowers

Lemn Sissay explores two extracts from Tchaikovsky's The Nutcracker using facts and insight, beautiful animation and footage from the heart of the BBC Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Rafael Payare.
Watch the full performance of Tchaikovsky's piece by the BBC Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Rafael Payare.

Giuseppe Verdi

‘Dies Irae’ and ‘Tuba Mirum’ from ‘Requiem’

Vikki Stone travels to the end of the world with Verdi's dramatic music.
A performance of Verdi's 'Dies Irae' and 'Tuba Mirum' by the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Alpesh Chauhan.

Richard Wagner

‘Ride of the Valkyries’ from ‘Die Walküre’

Christopher Eccleston goes head-to-head with the grim reaper's cavalry in Wagner's piece.
A performance of Wagner's 'Ride of the Valkyries' from 'Die Walküre' by the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Alpesh Chauhan.

Vaughan Williams

The Lark Ascending

Molly explores this piece - from peaceful fields to the horror of the World War One trenches.
A performance of The Lark Ascending by the BBC Philharmonic with violin soloist Nicola Benedetti, conducted by Alpesh Chauhan.