Spotlight On

DW Transtel | 68 4884
52 min / ep
Episode 1 – 4

Pieces of music that remain etched on the memory have been written throughout time. Even though the concept of “hits” did not yet exist in the Baroque, Classical or Romantic era when they were composed. And often, they are just as popular today – if not more popular. What is it about these works that has made them so famous? What makes them so fascinating? When, where and how were they created? Who composed them? What motivated the composer to write this particular piece? How difficult or easy are they to sing or play? Where were they usually played in the past, and where are you most likely to hear them today?
We shine a Spotlight on incomparable pieces of music. As well as playing excerpts of the music in question, we visit key locations in the creation process and provide an insight into the life and work of the composer.

01 Ludwig van Beethoven’s “Für Elise”
02 Edward Elgar’s “Land of Hope and Glory”
03 Sergei Prokofiev’s “Peter and the Wolf”
04 Gustav Mahler’s Symphony No. 2

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