Everything You Ever Wanted to Know about Classical Music - Sunday 23 August 2015, 9pm

Catherine Bott explores music for the indoors and outdoors.

Tonight Catherine Bott explores musical works and the original settings - whether indoors or out - where they were first performed. 

Things kick off with a rousing gallop from Hans Christian Lumbye written for the Tivoli Gardens in Copenhagen (pictured), while Lully’s Alceste was first performed in the Marble Courtyard at Versailles. 

Going indoors Catherine has one of the earliest and most successful examples of tafelmusik – music for feasts and banquets –  from Johann Hermann Schein. 

And there’s a wonderful moment from the Coffee Cantata, essentially a mini comic opera, composed by J.S. Bach for the Café Zimmerman. 

And the echoing halls of the Sistine Chapel provide the setting for Allegri’s haunting Miserere.

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