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Revolution and Romance: Musical Masters of the 19th Century

Revolution and Romance: Musical Masters of the 19th Century is a three-part BBC documentary series hosted by Suzy Klein, exploring the transformation of music in the 19th century. In an age of political and industrial revolution, Suzy Klein tells how music became the leading art form.

As the aristocracy weakened following the French Revolution, the industrial revolution created new wealth and the middle classes flourished, Suzy shows how it was possible for composers and performers to become the superstars of their age, no longer the servants of kings and princes.

In the 19th century, music wasn't just a backdrop to life, easing pain and enhancing pleasure. It became a revolutionary force that could - and did - change the world.

Music was both transformed and transformative in the 19th century. It burst out of court, church and tavern into the world and became a universal soundscape, transcending language and borders. This revolution was made possible by economic and social change and by a technological revolution.

Episode 1 - We Can Be Heroes
Suzy Klein tells the story of a creative outpouring unrivalled before or since - the 19th century witnessed the emergence of composers such as Beethoven, Schubert, Berlioz, Chopin, Wagner, Verdi and Liszt, just to name a few of the stellar array whose genius we venerate to this day.

Episode 2 - Talkin' 'Bout a Revolution
In the 19th century, music wasn't just a backdrop to life, easing pain and enhancing pleasure. It became a revolutionary force that could - and did - change the world.

Episode 3 - Party Like It's 1899
Music was both transformed and transformative in the 19th century. It burst out of court, church and tavern into the world and became a universal soundscape, transcending language and borders. This revolution was made possible by economic and social change and by a technological revolution.


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