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Howard Goodall's Great Dates (A Level / Scottish Level NQs)
Programme 1: 1874 – Wagner and the Ring Cycle
Programme 2: 1564 – Palestrina and the Rise of the Violin
Programme 3: 1791 – Mozart and the Magic Flute
Programme 4: 1937 – Shostakovich, Stalin and Hitler
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This four-part series, presented by composer Howard Goodall, shows that great pieces of music are not freak accidents of genius but the direct products of their time, place, culture and politics.