Chord of the Week

Chord of the Week has returned for a fifth series this summer as part of BBC 2 Television’s PromsExtra.

Here’s the first one – Elgar’s Second Symphony, at about 24’30.
Here’s Walton’s Popular Song at about 19′.
And here’s Beethoven 9 once again, about 10′ in.
‘Oh what a beautiful yawning.’

My contributions last year ranged from the necessary paradox of the Bach Chaconne to the unconscious minds of Irving Berlin & Jerome Kern. I started with a chord – 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.

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