Howard Goodall's 20th Century Greats: Cole Porter

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Cole Porter was the most gifted of a richly talented generation of composers who transformed popular music in the 1920s and 30s. It had started the century, for the most part, bland, patronising and trite, the gauche, poor relation of classical music. Cole Porter, more than anyone, made it musically, and lyrically sophisticated, emotionally satisfying and subtle.

Howard Goodall is a well-known composer in his own right. But where he shines is when he explains music to us so that we can hear what he hears. In this piece, which is one of a four-part series for the BBC, Howard Goodall’s 20th-Century Greats, he argues that 20th century classic musicians had forgotten that music was to be enjoyed, and it was some exceptional popular music composers who created "the new classics."

If your idea of "music appreciation" was a boring class, prepare to be amazed and delighted by Howard Goodall's explanation of Bernard Herrman as one of the 20th-Century Greats!

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