The History of Western Music in Sixteen Hours

Graham Abbott produces a show for the ABC Classic FM (Australia) titled Keys to Music. Last weekend, Abbott began a series of eight two-hour shows in which he plans to distill the entire history of music into sixteen hours. (That’s less time than Ken Burns devoted to Jazz, but there you have it.)

I don’t listen to Abbott’s programs much, preferring the sacred music program For the God Who Sings, but if you’re a musical dabbler, it will probably be worth the time if your interest is there. I did hear Abbott and the South Australian Symphony dissect Copland’s Appalachian Spring some months ago, and it was very cool: way informative and the only way it could have been better was if I had the orchestral score in my hands.

Note: As I listened to the show this morning (7 June) it was only 55 minutes long, so it appears Mr Abbott is giving his history of music in less than eight hours. Worth checking out, especially if you’re a church music buff. The past month’s worth of programs are posted, so if you miss a week or two, you can probably catch up.


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Todd lives in the Pacific Northwest, serving a Catholic parish as a lay minister.
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