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Music

The power and perils of reconstructing the music of Napoleon's time.

Though originally set to music, we almost always encounter the Ancient Greek epics as mute texts. But now their songs can be heard again.

Historians set great store by what people heard in the past, but what about those things they misheard? 

The inventor of the saxotromba, saxhorn, saxtuba and saxophone was born on 6 November 1814.

Despite popular misconceptions and its aristocratic origins, for part of its history opera was inextricably linked with popular culture – no more so than in the 1920s. 

The songwriter was born on June 9th, 1891.

The 'father of the symphony' came to London on January 1st, 1791.

Wagner's opera was first performed in Munich on June 10th, 1865.

Understanding aboriginal history through rare and largely unheard music.

The recently opened Sam Wanamaker Theatre marks an intriguing step forward in the revival of baroque opera, says Mark Ronan.