Saturdays, 9pm. Last year, David Mellor presented a series of programmes which shone the spotlight on a much-maligned – but much-enjoyed – genre of music: Light Music. Hundreds of Classic FM listeners got in touch to ask for more, so David now begins a brand new series of his Light Music Masters. Let him know your thoughts via the form below or tweet @ClassicFM.
Originating in the 19th century, Light Music is a hugely popular genre. Usually short – always melodic – orchestral pieces composed to appeal to a wide audience, many have become timeless favourites through film, radio and TV.
Light Music is well worth discovering, which is why David Mellor is presenting this new six-part series for the summer on Classic FM.
The clocks went back by an hour last night so this evening, David features music related to time.
Haydn’s ‘Clock’ Symphony, which gained its nickname because of the ticking rhythm throughout the second movement, inevitably features, as does Leroy Anderson’s The Syncopated Clock.
We’ll also hear Ponchielli’s Dance of the Hours, which used to be one of the most frequently performed and best-known ballets, and has since become even more widely known after its inclusion in Disney’s animated film Fantasia. And as the clock ticks slowly towards midnight, David plays music from Cinderella.