The Story of Music, from Babylon to the Beatles

In this 6-part series from the BBC, renowned composer Howard Goodall tells the story of how man developed music. Beginning in pre-historic times, he walks us through the major "Ages" of music so that we can hear and understand how music evolved to what we listen to today. Each part also includes a link to a Spotify playlist so that you can enjoy all the music of an age that you like! There also is a companion book avalable.

The Story of Music 3: The Age of Elegance and Sentiment

In the third episode of the series, Howard Goodall looks at the age of Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert, Mendelssohn, Schumann, and Chopin. This was an era - from 1750 to 1850 - in which composers went from being the paid, liveried servants of princes and archbishops to working as freelancers, who, most of all, needed to appeal to a new, middle-class audience - or starve.

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