The second part - rhythm has just finished. Howard Goodall and the production team did a great job: factually, musically and visually. Explaining the roots and cross-pollination of the various characteristics of rhythm, over a timespan from baroque to now.
Due deference is given to BRAHMS, Fats Waller, Philip Glass, mother Africa and the Cuban melting pot. For once, Stevie Wonder is provided the über-superstar status he deserves (how it riles me when he's left out of all-time top twenty songwriter lists, and such).
To me, the most interesting part was concerning a favourite piece of music Igor Stravinsky's The Rite of SpringPetrushka/The Rite of Spring. Since my teens, I've always made comparisons between this and jazz, but while Howard was explaining cross-rhythms and polyrhythms he made a quantum-leap to juxtapose Stravinsky's riot with the complex, usually voice driven, rhythms in hip-hop - and yes, when I listen to it, I can hear that now!
I'm going to set my alarm to remind me for the remaining two parts.
A number of other musicians assisted on the program, including Drum Jam, who reminded me of my friend Smiley from Gambia. Drum Jam
Some of the other music included was: Tennon Ryu (arranged by Mark Alcock), Don't You Worry 'Bout a Thing, Tera Haasa (arranged by Harjit Singh), Hope (feat. Faith Evans, composed by Terrel Carl Mitchell / C Morton / Jerome Frederik Taylor), Cao Cao Mani Picao (composed by Jose Carbo), Kizuna composed, Siegfried Idyll (performed by Northern Sinfornia), Romantic Piece No. 4 (performed by Steven Isserlis and Ana-Maria Vera), Steafan Hannigan - Bodhran drumming rhythms, The Seagull (performed by Shona Mooney), Zadok The Priest, Blue Danube Waltz (performed by Howard Goodall), Akhnaten Prelude, Drum Jam - Improvised African rhythms, Invention Number 6 (performed by Howard Goodall), Romany Czardas, Pineapple Rag (performed by Howard Goodall), T'Aint Nobody's Bizness If I Do (on a piano roll) (composed by Fats Waller / Harry Brooks / Andy Razaf), Ain't Misbehavin (composed by Waller / Brooks / Razaf), Honeysuckle Rose (composed by Waller & Razaf), O Duo - Improvised percussion rhythms, St Anthony Variations (performed by Howard Goodall & Raffaella Smith), The Message (composed by Edward Fletcher / Melvin Glover / Nathaniel Clifton Chase / Sylvia Robinson), Get It on (composed by Marc Bolan), En Guantanamo, Killing Me Softly With His Song (composed by Charles Fox / Norman Gimbel), Superstition, He's Misstra Know It All, brandenburg concerto no 5 (performed by Howard Goodall).