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'It’s like a stroll through the Louvre:' PBS' 'Soundbreaking' shows the magic of music-making

'It’s like a stroll through the Louvre:' PBS' 'Soundbreaking' shows the magic of music-making

Whether the rush of harmonies in “Wouldn’t It Be Nice,” the thrilling beat of Little Richard’s “Keep a Knockin’” or the delicate lyricism of Joni Mitchell’s “California,” music’s ability to carry us into the sublime often suggests that its creation is somehow divinely inspired. 

But as the new eight-part PBS documentary “Soundbreaking” shows, the evolution of recorded music is the result of human sweat, tinkering, innovation and experimentation. The series, which will make its U.S. broadcast debut on Nov. 14 on PBS, was the final creative project of George Martin, whose...

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