I really enjoyed Howard Goodall’s Story of Music documentary series when it was on last year. I discovered a few weeks ago that at the same time Radio 3 had run an accompanying series looking Goodall’s choice of 50 of the most influential pieces of music in musical history.
This series is still available as a podcast and I’ve just finished working through the episodes, but more importantly listening to each of the 50 pieces themselves. Listening to the pieces chosen in order is a fascinating journey and does give you a sense of how music has changed and developed.
The podcast is available here: Radio 3 Story of Music in Fifty Pieces
A playlist with (most of) the 50 pieces is available here on Spotify.