Alex James's Date Night - Saturday 8 August 2015, 7pm

Join Alex James as he takes another time travelling journey through the week ahead in classical music history.

On tonight's show, Alex discovers how Paganini, pictured, was the 19th century equivalent of a rock star, why Robert Schumann's father-in-law finally gave up his attempts to prevent him marrying his daughter, and why Copland's own personal rodeo ended up with a damaged car and a dead cow.

Alex also finds out why Johann Strauss felt like popping champagne corks, and marks the anniversary of late American composer James Horner’s birthday with one of his most popular scores.

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