One of the most popular features ever aired on The Sunday Edition, is a series called 20 Pieces of Music That Changed The World.

Robert Harris

Musicologist and broadcaster Robert Harris

Our music guru, Robert Harris takes us on a cultural journey through music. In conversation with Michael Enright, Robert explains why each piece (idiosyncratically chosen by Robert himself) made such an impact on the hearts and minds of listeners. These 20 pieces of music resonated so strongly, that they have entered the cultural firmament and stayed with us through the decades -- indeed, through the centuries.

Although the series has been unavailable for some time, we continue to receive requests for it. So we are delighted to be able to offer it to listeners again. Enjoy!
 

Episode 1: Elvis Presley's That's Alright Mama (September 21, 2008)

Episode 2: Giovanni Battista Pergolesi‚Äč's La Serva Padrona (October 26, 2008)

Episode 3: We Shall Overcome (November 16, 2008)

Episode 4: The first million-seller (January 4, 2009)

Episode 5: Dylan goes electric (January 25, 2009)

Episode 6: Ludwig van Beethoven's Eroica (February 8, 2009)

Episode 7: Louis Armstrong's West End Blues (March 1, 2009)

Episode 8: Reggae (March 15/09)

Episode 9: Public Enemy's Fight The Power (March 22, 2009)

Episode 10: Brother, Can You Spare a Dime? (March 29, 2009)

Episode 11: Gloria Gaynor's I Will Survive (May 3, 2009)

Episode 12: Richard Wagner's The Prelude from Tristan und Isolde (May 10, 2009)

Episode 13: Gregorian Chants (June 28, 2009) 

Episode 14: The Beatles's Please, Please Me (September 13, 2009) 

Episode 15: Igor Stravinsky's The Rite of Spring (September 27, 2009)

Episode 16: The Carter Family, Will The Circle Be Unbroken (October 11, 2009)

Episode 17: From the Broadway musical Show Boat, Old Man River (November 1, 2009)

Episode 18: The French national anthem La Marseillaise (November 15, 2009)

Episode 19: Charlie Parker's Ornithology (December 6, 2009)

Episode 20: Camille Saint Saens's Danse Macabre (December 13, 2009) 


CHRISTMAS SPECIAL: The true history of Christmas music (December 20, 2009)

GEORGE GERSHWIN: The 75th anniversary of of George Gershwin's Porgy & Bess (December 20, 2009)
 

AMY WINEHOUSE: (September 18, 2011)

Robert's picks for the best and worst Christmas music (December 2014)

The Great American Songbook April, 2015

ABOUT ROBERT: Robert is a long-time music journalist, writer, teacher and broadcaster.  From 2000-2008, he was the host and producer of "I Hear Music", a weekly show presented on CBC Radio 2. He is the author of two books, What To Listen For in Mozart, and What To Listen For in Beethoven.

Please note: Due to copyright restrictions on the music, we are unable to offer any of Robert's material in podcast format, and we cannot make it available online to listeners outside of Canada.