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Behind The Classics

Hosted by Zerlina Vulliamy

Sundays 11:00 - 12:00

There’s music you know and music you love, music you think you know and music you’ve never heard before. Tune in to Behind the Classics every Sunday at 11am to hear some of your favourite pieces and discover some of the stories behind them! Each week we explore a musical theme across all genres from classical, jazz, hip-hop, opera, funk, rock and find out what connects music across history. If you like music, there is something for you in this show.

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Episode showcase:

episode 10 - interview with solo pianist joanna macgregor, obe

In the 10th episode of Behind the Classics, Zerlina interviews internationally renowned pianist Joanna MacGregor OBE about her career, musical influences and the state of the arts in the present day. “Joanna MacGregor is one of the world’s most innovative musicians, appearing as a concert pianist, curator, and collaborator” (www.soundcircus.com)

SEASON 4

episode 27 - making an opera part ii

Episode 27 features the second part of the new ‘Making an Opera’ segment, where Zerlina talks about the upcoming production of Gavin Bryars’ opera Marilyn Forever, which is being performed by the Oxford Contemporary Opera Society in May.

episode 26 - nostalgia

Episode 26 is all about nostalgia and its manifestation in music. Whether this be nostalgia from a lost relationship, nostalgia for a better time or simply nostalgia for past music, tune in for ideas about all three as well as some discussion on how nostalgia and music affect the human brain.

EPISODE 25 - representation of femininity

This episode is about representation of femininity in music, from archaic historic representations to gender performativity and modern representation in the zeitgeist.

Thanks to everyone who tuned in to Episode 25 which made No.6 on the Mixcloud charts!

Thanks to everyone who tuned in to Episode 25 which made No.6 on the Mixcloud charts!

episode 24 - mysteries in music

Tune in for a slightly spooky episode, all about the unsolved mysteries in music from Haydn’s two heads to the subjects of break up songs.

episode 23 - film music

Lights, camera, action! This episode is all about the greatest film music of all time - from Spaghetti Westerns, fantasy films, action films, drama and comedy. Listen for some great soundtracks, snippets of film history and a bit of discussion on the diegetic/non-diegetic nature of film music.

EPISODE 22 - SAMPLING

Welcome back to Behind the Classics! To start 2019, this episode is all about sampling and borrowing in music whether it be subtle borrowing in classical music or complex sampling in hip hop.

SEASON 3

episode 21 - winter

The finale of season 3 features music to get you in that winter mood!

episode 20 - making an opera part 1

This episode of Behind the Classics is slightly different. In partnership with the Oxford Contemporary Opera Society, Zerlina talks about the experience of making an opera, as well as taking you through some operas written more recently. This is the first of 3 segments called ‘Making An Opera’ which concludes in Trinity term, coinciding with the production of ‘Marilyn Forever’ by Gavin Bryars, a 21st century opera about Marilyn Monroe directed by Zerlina Vulliamy.

episode 19 - 100th anniversary of the armistice

To celebrate and commemorate the centenary of the ending of the First World War, Zerlina takes you through some music written during the war, remembering musicians who were sadly lost on the battlefield.

episode 18 - music of protest

This episode features the many ways music has been used as a method of protest throughout history.

episode 17 - major 7th chord

What is that sweet chord you might ask? Episode 17 takes you through the use of the major 7th chord.

EPISODE 16 - BASSLINES

Episode 16 takes you through some fantastic basslines from highly complex funk to the trope of the descending bass that crops up across music history.

episode 15 - dance music

Get your skates on and boogie to episode 15, which charts the music people have been dancing to across history.

SEASON 2

episode 14 - latin music

Enjoy this end of season 2 episode which features some of the best Latin music!

episode 13 - the last tracks

This episode is all about the last music that some of the greatest musicians ever wrote before their deaths.

episode 12 - night music

Music inspired by the ever illusive night time is the subject for episode 12.

episode 11 - water

Episode 11 features some of the most beautiful music, all inspired by water.

episode 10 - interview with pianist joanna macgregor, obe

In the 10th episode of Behind the Classics, Zerlina interviews internationally renowned pianist Joanna MacGregor OBE about her career, musical influences and the state of the arts in the present day. “Joanna MacGregor is one of the world’s most innovative musicians, appearing as a concert pianist, curator, and collaborator” (www.soundcircus.com)

EPISODE - 7

Episode 7 was recorded live and is all about overtures in music to welcome you back to Season 2. Thank you to all audience members for music recommendations!

SEASON 1

episode 6 - international women’s day

To celebrate international women's day, the final episode of season 1 takes you through an amazing variety of female musicians throughout history to the present.

episode 5 - space

Episode 5 is all about music inspired by space.

episode 4 - opera

Ever wondered what is so popular about opera? Or an aficionado who wants to revisit the classics? Listen to episode 4 for your opera fix!

episode 3 - love songs

In this episode, in time for Valentine’s Day, Zerlina takes you through the greatest love songs ever written.

episode 2 - melodies

Episode 2 is all about the greatest melodies ever composed.

episode 1 - intros

Ever wondered about the greatest way to start a piece of music or a song? Listen to the very first episode of Behind the Classics to find out!