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Howard Goodall's Big Bangs
Programme 1: The Invention of Notation
Programme 2: The Birth of Opera
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Programme 3: The Discovery of Equal Temperament
Programme 4: The History of the Piano
Programme 5: The Development of Recorded Sound
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Programme Aims

The key aims of this programme are to:

  • introduce the viewer to the history of opera
  • explore what makes opera different as an art form to all the others
  • explore how opera has always been the ideal art form for dealing with issues
  • show that opera has not been superseded by the musical