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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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Bach's Christmas Cantatas

The writing and performing of church cantatas was central to so much of Johann Sebastian Bach's professional life. There is much we don't...

Tomás Luis de Victoria

When I was starting out in this business, as a schoolboy trying to fathom the wonders of music, I found myself lumping composers together...

Four Hands at One Piano

I am always fascinated by the human need for music. Walk down most streets these days, or take any form of public transport, and chances...

Carl Maria von Weber

This music was written by a man who inspired many other composers; indeed one writer calls him the most influential composer of the 19th...

Tchaikovsky's Operas

When I was working at the ABC, one of my colleagues asked me if I could name any opera by Camille Saint-Saëns other than Samson and...

Magnificat

In this post we're going to explore an enormous span of European music history, looking at how composers have set one particular text to...

Malibran and Viardot

Our story today starts in Seville, both the real one and the theatrical one. It starts with the Spanish tenor Manuel García, who created...

The Brothers Lawes

It will come as no surprise to you that I'm obsessed with the history of music. In terms of my general historical knowledge though my...

Hildegard of Bingen

We live in an insanely busy world, with an over-supply of information, entertainment, advertising, news and pseudo-news, with more music...

Baroque Women

Let's start by listening to this. [listen] Over the fifteen years I spent making Keys To Music for the ABC I received many suggestions...

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