From Warsaw to Saint Petersburg, from Vienna to Paris, from Milan to Venice, in this ten-part series you’ll be taken on a journey of discovery as musicians and historians trace the lives and music of some of the world’s greatest composers.
Discover more about the lives of these master musicians with intimate portraits that tell the stories of the men behind the talent.
Beethoven is arguably most famous for going deaf at the height of his creative powers ... but he also had a penchant for dressing as a tramp and wandering the streets. Chopin died penniless ... yet over 3,000 mourners turned up at his funeral, following which his heart was removed from his body and buried in a separate country!
Explore magnificent venues and landmarks. Travel through some of Europe’s finest cities and visit places that are off-limits for tourists – backstage at theatres, opera rehearsals, private homes and more. Join us on a journey from Beethoven’s birthplace in Bonn to Chopin’s beloved Poland and even the St Petersburg Conservatory, the oldest music academy in Russia.
Expert guides: Hosted by historians, musicians, conductors, academics and even family members.
Rare historical documents: From personal letters to family films and photos, diaries and marked-up manuscripts.
Musical performances: Folk musicians, orchestras, modern-day musicians and renowned conductors.
The stories and glorious compositions of the most renowned composers of all time are brought to life In the Footsteps of Famous Composers. The streets they walked, the concert halls their works were first performed in, the manuscripts they wrote – complete with scribbled corrections and critiques, and even the scenery they gazed upon in their everyday lives. Secrets are revealed and incredible stories of their lives, loves and brilliance are uncovered.
Follow in the footsteps of: CHOPIN • TCHAIKOVSKY • VERDI • BEETHOVEN • VIVALDI • BIZET • PUCCINI • BERLIOZ • MAHLER • OFFENBACH
3 DVDS • TOTAL APPROX. RUNNING TIME 520 MINS • RATED E