World of Music

BBC Music Magazine Quiz: the Antarctic and the Arctic

BBC Music Magazine Quiz: the Antarctic and the Arctic

Do you know your Penguinski from your Stravinsky? Test your classical music knowledge with our themed quiz. You'll find answers at the foot of the page.

Louisa May Alcott in classical music

Louisa May Alcott in classical music

The American author appears in Charles Ives’s Concord Sonata

How many symphonies did Beethoven write?

How many symphonies did Beethoven write?

An introduction to the 19th-century composer's great orchestral works

Inspector Morse: five of the best musical moments

Inspector Morse: five of the best musical moments

How the Oxford detective plied his grisly trade to the sound of classical music

What's the music on the BBC's Wimbledon TV coverage?

What's the music on the BBC's Wimbledon TV coverage?

We're a week into Wimbledon 2019 and if - like us - you're enjoying matches on the TV, you might be curious as to what tunes the BBC uses...

Six of the best: works to hear on Independence Day

Six of the best: works to hear on Independence Day

It’s Independence Day today, so here’s a brief musical nod to the good old US of A…

Who is Omer Meir Wellber?

Who is Omer Meir Wellber?

Meet the BBC Philharmonic's new chief conductor ahead of his BBC Proms debut

A guide to Ligeti's style

A guide to Ligeti's style

One of the most distinctive and original voices of Modernism, György Ligeti's music was complex, clever and challenging, yet surprisingly down to earth. Here's a guide to his style...

The best recordings of Elgar's Symphony No. 1

The best recordings of Elgar's Symphony No. 1

Acknowledged as a masterpiece, Elgar’s First remains arguably the finest symphony ever written by a British composer. We seek out the best recording of the many available...

Playing for laughs: How comedians use classical music

Playing for laughs: How comedians use classical music

When music takes itself too seriously, there’s a comedian waiting in the wings to bring it back down to earth. One such exponent, Rainer Hersch, looks back at how his predecessors have raised their laughs by sending-up classical music

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