Read all about it: the complete Centurion set
- Published: Wednesday, 30 November -0001 00:00
In the spirit of The Rest Is Noise, Alex Ross's incredible book that inspired Southbank Centre's year-long festival of 20th-century music, we too have been delving into the stories behind the music of the 20th century, in a series of newspapers.
Throughout 2013 we've enjoyed taking a wider look at the events and individuals that shaped the music of one of the most dynamic periods in history and have had a lot of fun exploring some perhaps lesser-known facts about some of the 20th-century's most influential composers, whose work we have been performing throughout the year.
Riots at the ballet, operas full of sex and violence and punch-ups at premieres. New music at the turn of the 20th century causes a stir.
Featuring: Richard Strauss, Arnold Schoenberg and Igor Stravinsky.
Songs of subversion and submission spread across Europe as music becomes a political tool in the lead-up to the Second World War. Jazz and cabaret make their mark on the world and American classical music comes into its own.
Featuring: Kurt Weill, Carl Orff and George Gerswhin.
The world reels after the Second World War. New ideas and new beliefs give rise to new sounds and the avant-garde movements of the 1950s and '60s.
Featuring: Benjamin Britten, Olivier Messiaen and Alfred Schnittke.
A look at the music that soundtracks our modern lives, and ‘classical’ music’s role in contemporary culture.
Featuring: John Adams, Arvo Pärt and Mark-Anthony Turnage.