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: The Unfinished Symphony

To celebrate the dawn of a new millennium Radio 3 goes on a final tour through 2,000 years of western music from before plainchant right up to the year 2000. The Unfinished Symphony traces the musical connections between one generation and another, between one piece and another, over the last 2,000 years. The programme unfolds according to a formula which allows 45 minutes for the first 500 years, increasing by five minutes a century, and reaching a total of one hour and 35 minutes for our own century.
Roderick Swanston, Geoffrey Smith and Georgina Born host 18 hours of music and discussion unfolding throughout the day, live from Broadcasting House in London.
1: A New Song
Meditating on the origins of music both sacred and profane, with the Rev Alan Walker.


Presenter: Roderick Swanston
Presenter: Geoffrey Smith
Presenter: Georgina Born
Presenter: Rev. Alan Walker

: AD 100-500

2: Golden Mouth, Tinkling Cymbal
Exploring the earliest surviving pieces and traditions from Egypt, Milan and Gaul, and tracing their musical influences and legacy. With Ian Stewart ,
Jeremy Summerly , Mary Berry , Donald Greig and Valentine Cunningham.


Unknown: Ian Stewart
Unknown: Jeremy Summerly
Unknown: Mary Berry
Unknown: Donald Greig
Unknown: Valentine Cunningham.

: 500-1000

3: A Trope on the Daughter of Memory Questioning the theory of music as a branch of mathematics and recalling the practice of handing down the musical elements of the Mass by oral communication - from Gregorian chant to early polyphony in the Winchester Troper. Including Mozarabic and Old Roman chants forthe Eucharist. With
David Wulstan , Jonathan Thorpe and Adrian Jack.
7.30 Seventh Century
8.30 Eighth Century
8.35 Ninth Century
9.15 Tenth Century


Unknown: David Wulstan
Unknown: Jonathan Thorpe
Unknown: Adrian Jack.

: 1000-150

4: Divine Proportion in Imperfect Measure Looking at the development of musical notation that made it possible to construct vast and highly detailed edifices in sound - from Hildegard of Bingen and Perotin of Paris to Ockeghem, Treasurer of of St. Martin ofTours, and measuring the inevitable consequences of writing music down. Including the songs of pilgrims to Rome, Compostela and Jerusalem, and music based on the popular L 'Homme
Arme. Tours. With Christopher Cook , Mary Remnant , Daniel Leech-Wilkinson , Dermot Clinch , Margaret Bent , Bayan Northcott , John Butt and Julian Anderson.
10.50 12th Century
11.45 13th Century
12.45 PM 14th Century
1.50 15th Century


Unknown: Christopher Cook
Unknown: Mary Remnant
Unknown: Daniel Leech-Wilkinson
Unknown: Dermot Clinch
Unknown: Margaret Bent
Unknown: Bayan Northcott
Unknown: John Butt
Unknown: Julian Anderson.

: 1500-1800

5: Divisions above a Ground
Chronicling the legend of Orpheus and his lute on the operatic stage in music from the old world of Josquin des Prez, via
Palestrina, Monteverdi, Vivaldi and JS Bach to the turbulence oftwentysomething Beethoven. Including examples of the instrumental In Nomine from
John Taverner 's model to the fantasias of Henry Purcell. With Michael Burden and Cyril Ehrlich.
4.1517th Century
5.3518th Century


Unknown: John Taverner
Unknown: Henry Purcell.
Unknown: Michael Burden
Unknown: Cyril Ehrlich.

: 1800

6: A Cycle of Fifths
Reflecting on the enjoyment of performance -from a swansong by Schubert to symphonies by Beethoven, Berlioz, Brahms and Bruckner, and the revolutionary music-drama of Wagner.
Also including fugues and variations on the chromatic theme B.A.C.H. With
John Thornley , Anthony Payne and Lewis Foreman.


Unknown: John Thornley
Unknown: Anthony Payne
Unknown: Lewis Foreman.

: A Stitch in Time

"What then, is time? If no one asks me, know what it is. If I wish to explain it to him who asks me, do not know." (
St Augustine , fifth century). Like St Augustine we all intuitively comprehend time - but can we define it? Following the threads of philopsophy, theology, physics, language and everyday experience, John Drinkwater unravels the fabric of this invisible dimension.


Unknown: St Augustine
Unknown: John Drinkwater

: 1900

7: And All Kinds of Music
Unscrambling the network of musical cross-references that characterise the Twentieth Centuryfrom Russian
Stravinsky to American Stravinsky and beyond to the nineties. Including pieces influenced by plainchant such as the mediaeval sequence Dies Irae. With Julie Brown.


Unknown: Julie Brown.

: Hear and Now

Georgina Born , Geoffrey Smith and Roderick Swanston considerthe story of music so far and where it might be heading. They also discuss
Robert Saxton 's work in progress - a radio opera, The Legend of the Wandering Jew, commissioned by Radio 3, with excerpts specially recorded fortonight's programme by the BBC Singers under
Stephen Cleobury. The complete work is scheduled forfuture broadcast on Radio 3.


Unknown: Georgina Born
Unknown: Geoffrey Smith
Unknown: Roderick Swanston
Unknown: Robert Saxton
Unknown: Stephen Cleobury.

: The Future of Music: Credo

The title of a lecture by John Cage first delivered in 1937 and published in 1958 is the inspiration for this radio montage.
Music itself has the final word on its own past and present as echoes of the sounds heard throughout the day culminate in the midnight chimes of


Unknown: John Cage

: 2000: 8: Fade to Black

Following the news, the machine takes over with the beginning of an interactive musical experiment. A computer programme written by Jonathan Finn offers up-to-the-moment instantaneous composition.
For details of the music and talks write to The Unfinished Symphony, BBC Radio 3, [address removed] E-MAIL: [email address removed] WEB SITE: [web address removed]


Written By: Jonathan Finn
Producer: Antony Pitts.

Blog post that mentions this programme:

Ring in the New 31 December 2015

: Through the Night

With Susan Sharpe.
12.05am Mahler Ruckert Lieder
12.30 Reutter Ecce Quomodo Moritur
Justus 12.50 Satie, orch Milhaud Jack-in -the-Box Pantomime
1.00 Weber, reconstr Mahler Die Drei Pintos
Don Gomez deFreiros Scott Weir (tenor)
German SymphonyOrchestra, Berlin Radio Chorus, conductor Mario Bernardi
2.30 Fasch Sonata in D minor2.55 Paul
Siefert Benedicam Dominum 3.10
Brahms Piano Trio in C, Op 873.40 Mlelck Finnish Suite, Op 103.55 Dohnanyi
Variations on a Hungarian Folk Song 4.05 Kresimir Baranovic Gingerbread Heart4.25 Cavalli Combattimento di Ninfe e Satiri (La Calisto) 4.35 Wieniawski Violin Concerto No 2 in D minor 5.00 Weber Overture: Der
Freischutz 5.15 Hindemith Symphonic
Metamorphosis on Themes by Carl Maria von Weber5.40 Ravel Daphnis and Chloe: Suite No 2


Unknown: Susan Sharpe.
Unknown: Milhaud Jack-In
Unknown: Don Gomez
Tenor: Scott Weir
Conductor: Mario Bernardi
Unknown: Siefert Benedicam Dominum
Song: Kresimir Baranovic Gingerbread
Unknown: Carl Maria
Don Gastos de Viratos: Gunnar Gudgjornsson (tenor)
Ambrosio: Thomas Mohr (bass)
Wirt: Soren Jackel
Inez: Janet Williams (soprano)
Don Pinto de Fonseca: Andreas Kohn (bass)
Don Pantaleone: Friedrich Molsberger (bass)
Clarissa: Michaela Kaune (soprano)
Laura: Gabriele Sima (soprano)

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