Alex James's Date Night - Saturday 14 November 2015, 7pm

Alex turns the spotlight on all the classical music anniversaries for the week ahead.

This week Alex celebrates the birth of Fanny Mendelssohn. She composed more than 460 pieces of music, but a number of her songs were originally published under her brother Felix's name, and she was always in his shadow.


Alex also finds out why Beethoven’s brother’s will enraged the composer, and how Paganini got into a spot of bother when he received a court order to pay damages to a woman’s father. 


This is also the week when Bernstein and Copland met for the first time at the latter’s birthday party, and when Holst’s The Planets and Mendelssohn’s incidental music for A Midsummer Night’s Dream were performed for the first time.

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