GRAHAM'S MUSIC

Classical Music Demystified

Graham Abbott writes about classical music and shares its inside stories. Many of these stories will be based on scripts broadcast in "Keys To Music" on ABC Classic between 2003 and 2017. Many thanks to the ABC for permission to use this material.

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Mozart's Sopranos

The distance of time which separates us from a lot of the music we love can make us forget that the people who wrote and performed it...

Schumann's Carnaval

One of the most complex and individual geniuses of the early Romantic period was Robert Schumann. Schumann was born in 1810 and died at...

On the Fringe: Martinů

Another “fringe” composer today as we look at the life and work of Bohuslav Martinů. From time to time you’ll hear works by Martinů in...

Music for San Marco

In this post we’re going to focus on music spanning several centuries which has one thing in common: it was all intended to be heard in...

Handel's Borrowings: From Himself

Today’s post is the second of two in which we’re looking at an aspect of Handel’s music which has caused consternation in the minds of...

Handel's Borrowings: From Others

I hope that you’ll allow me in this post and the next to share with you one of my abiding passions, related to the music of the composer...

On the Fringe: Respighi

We have another composer focus in today’s post, a composer who is very much “on the fringe” in the general musical firmament, but one who...

Beethoven's Contemporaries

Being overshadowed by greatness is something that's a part of life in many fields, and music is no exception. In a way, this article is...

Mozart's Contemporaries

I don't need to tell you that in the world of classical music there is an enormous amount of music by an enormous number of composers...

Bach's Contemporaries

Looking back in 2020: When I made this program in 2006 I was starting to develop an obsession which remains with me to this day. This...

American Composers Part Three

In the third and final instalment in our series surveying American composers, we have a very mixed bunch to look at. Like most art in the...

American Composers Part Two

This is the second in our series of three posts in which we’re looking at American composers. In the first we covered nine composers from...

American Composers Part One

We live in a time when American culture is the dominant force in the western world; there’s even a McDonald’s in Venice. But it struck me...

High Fives: Music in Quintuple Meter

In this post we’re going to look at a phenomenon which, although it’s been part of music for centuries, is still regarded as unusual. If...

On the Fringe: Schütz

Today’s post contains some of the most beautiful and moving music I know. It’s the product of the life of a remarkable musician, someone...

The Life and Work of Francis Poulenc

Today we focus on a single composer, “a monk and a rogue”. The composer in question is Francis Poulenc. Let’s start by dealing with the...

Sullivan Without Gilbert

Sir Arthur Sullivan is best-known in musical parlance these days as the “S” in “G and S”. His collaborations with WS Gilbert in creating...

The Russian Five

I don’t know if your dad was like my dad, but my dad wanted his kids to be sensible about their professional aspirations. My dad took a...

 

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