Sounding Brass!

Today’s pro­gramme focus­es on brass instru­ments, with gen­res that range from Roman times to con­tem­po­rary pieces.

Thus the music today ranges from ancient and ear­ly music, through Baroque and clas­si­cal, to Vic­to­ri­an and mil­i­tary brass bands, to rag­time, trad jazz, a touch of big band, right up to mod­ern works includ­ing a mar­vel­lous suite of pieces for wind band inspired by the works of Shake­speare. Patri­ot­ic songs next to New Orleans brass bands.

There are also some aston­ish­ing pieces that use brass instru­men­ta­tion in a dif­fer­ent and extreme­ly mov­ing way — such as the col­liery brass band arrange­ments on Kate Rus­by’s My Young Man and Under­neath the Stars and on Peter Skellern’s You’re a Lady (which not only fea­tures a brass band arrange­ment — it has almost every­thing else you can imag­ine). All these gems are in today’s playlist.

Then join us at 11am or 7pm Pacif­ic / 19:00 or 03:00 GMT for the lat­est clas­sic inter­view from the 1970s. This week it’s Jimi Hen­drix (see sep­a­rate entry).

Today’s pro­gramme is pre­sent­ed by Elrik Mer­lin. You can lis­ten to the pro­gramme in-world now at, or sim­ply click here to start your play­er, if your brows­er is con­fig­ured to do so. Lis­ten­ers in the Unit­ed States are encour­aged to tune in using this link:

 Image: Pho­tographed by and copy­right of © David Cor­by (User:Miskatonic, uploader) 2006, via Wiki­me­dia Com­mons

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