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.
The series ends in the 18th and 19th centuries, as music around the globe moved from courts and sites of worship into concert halls and onto the streets, different classical traditions cross-pollinating more than ever as colonialism and global trade surged. While Mozart and Debussy drew inspiration from Janissary bands and gamelan, the rise of nationalism saw traditions from the Balkans to Zanzibar developing new ensembles and musical forms of their own.
Produced by Chris Elcombe
A Reduced Listening production for BBC Radio 3.