This new collaboration between BBC4 and the Music Department tells the story of modernism in the 20th Century. It airs on Tuesday 12 February at 9pm with the first of three one-hour documentaries (“Wrecking Ball”).
The series features a number of newly-recorded interviews with composers – including Boulez, Birtwistle, Maxwell Davies, Pärt, Reich, Glass, Adams, Benjamin, and Tavener – and also discusses music by Schoenberg, Webern, Stravinsky, Shostakovich, Varèse, Messiaen, Stockhausen, Nono, Xenakis, Ligeti, Cage, and Feldman (among others). Commentators include Erik Levi, Marina Frolova-Walker, Michael Tilson Thomas, and Tom Service.
It’s well worth a look, and more details can be found here….