How much richer would our listening experience be if we could join the dots between classical music traditions around the world?

Thai-American cellist, composer and transcultural researcher Jon Silpayamanant continues to trace shifting global trends across different musical cultures.

In this second programme of the series, we listen to the impact of patronage, empire and colonialism in the early modern period. How did political power blocs shape the way classical musics were created and performed? Silpayamanant explores court music from Italy, Thailand and Japan as well as a suite written by the Khan of Crimea, before reflecting on the role of enslaved peoples in the emergence of Baroque music in Latin America.

Produced by Chris Elcombe
A Reduced Listening production for BBC Radio 3.