Chord of the Week

Chord of the Week returned for its sixth series in the summer of 2018 as part of BBC 2 Television’s PromsExtra.


Here are a few samples from previous years.

The onomatopoeia of ‘Oh what a beautiful yawning.’, all seven notes of the scale at once, in Beethoven 9. Followed by Holst, spelling his own name, the dance songs of Frank Sinatra, Britten on the beach at Aldeburgh, Tchaikovsky running in the wrong direction, and Schubert grappling with technology.

Here’s the full list:
Season One
Stravinsky, Rite of Spring
Beethoven 7, Allegretto
Beethoven 5, Finale
Bach, Easter Oratorio
Tchaikovsky, Romeo & Juliet
Wagner, Tristan

Season Two
Elgar, The Kingdom
Mozart K.488, opening
Mahler 5, Adagietto
Tavener, Requiem Fragments
Sibelius 5, ending
Elgar Cello Concerto, opening
Beethoven Missa Solemnis

Season 3
Beethoven 9, schrecklich chord
Holst Planets, Uranus
Britten Peter Grimes, Sea Interludes
Sinatra Dance Songs
Bach Chaconne
Tchaikovsky 4, second movement
Schubert 9, first movement

Season 4
Fauré Requiem, In Paradisum
Vaughan Williams The Lark Ascending, opening
Stravinsky Petrushka, THE chord
Strauss, Also sprach Zarathustra
Strauss, Rosenkavalier, Rose chords
Grieg Piano Concerto, Finale
Wagner Mesirersinger, 6/4 chord

Season 5
Elgar 2, slow movement
Walton Façade, Popular Song
Beethoven 9, Finale full D major chord
Rogers Oklahoma, Oh what a beautiful morning
Rachmaninoff 2, slow movement
Bach St John Passion, chorale
Stravinsky Violin Concerto, passport chord

Season 6
Holst Planets, Saturn
Parry 5, ending
Rachmaninoff Symphonic Dances, not whole-tone
Musgrave, Phoenix Rising
Ravel Piano Concerto for the left hand, piano entry
Mozart Clarinet Concerto, slow movement
Bernstein 2, twelve-note chord

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