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Saturday, December 15, 2012

The Birth of British Music - Part 4 - Mendelssohn, The Prophet

In the final program, Charles Hazlewood looks at Mendelssohn, whose music embodies the sound of the Victorian age. Mendelssohn's overture to A Midsummer Night's Dream captured the Victorians' fondness for fairy stories, and he pioneered the use of a new conductor's tool - the baton. Hazlewood's journey includes a trip to Birmingham Town Hall, where a massed choir performs extracts from Mendelssohn's iconic work Elijah.

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