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Revolution & Romance: Musical Masters of the 19th Century

Starts Tuesday 31st May 9pm on BBC Four

In the first programme, Suzy Klein tells the story of a creative outpouring unrivalled before or since - the 19th century witnessed the emergence of composers such as Beethoven, Schubert, Berlioz, Chopin, Wagner, Verdi and Liszt, just to name a few of the stellar array whose genius we venerate to this day.

In the second episode of the series, Suzy shows how music came to express not only revolutionary fervour, but also the growing force of nationalism that was sweeping Europe. It became a revolutionary force that could - and did - change the world.

Music was both transformed and transformative in the 19th century. It burst out of court, church and tavern into the world and became a universal soundscape, transcending language and borders. This revolution was made possible by economic and social change and, as Suzy Klein explains in the final programme, by a technological revolution.