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The American Musical Theater
Guests discuss in general the state of the American musical and in particular the book Ten Great Musicals of the American Theater.
Animals Expressed in Music
Walter Damrosch talks about animal sounds in music.
Arts and Older Folks
Individuals over sixty remember their past and discuss their present activity in the arts. Includes interviews with Rudy Vallee, Avon Long, and Artur Rubinstein.
A Broadway Melody
Interviews with writers, producers, and actors who talk about what it takes to succeed on the Broadway stage. Actor Jerry Orbach, actress Lauren Bacall, and playwright Ernest Thomson are some of the individuals who contribute.
Discusses Morris Blackburn's "Canadian Forest," an evocation of life in the northern woods.
The Trio Concertante discusses and demonstrates the changing roles and increasing interdependence of instruments in chamber music.
Traces the formal development of the dance from the earliest written music to the modern symphonic repertoire.
Classics for Fun
Light music by classical composers. Includes selections from Mozart's Adagio for the glass harmonica, Ibert's Concertina for saxophone, Strauss's "Tales from the Vienna Woods," Rachmaninoff's "Clown Music" for piano, and Gounod's "Funeral March of the Marionettes."
Composers' Musical Jokes
Excerpts from Strauss's "Perpetual Motion Polka" and "Thunder and Lightning" show how composers regain audience attention through surprise.
The Cosmic Music of the Harmonic Choir
Music based on a form of Tibetan overtone chanting. Commentary and interview by the Harmonic Choir director, composer David Hykes, and a noted musicologist with musical excerpts from choir's performances.
Developing the Innate Musical Creativity of Children
Arthur Fiedler and Stan Kenton play selections from jazz and the classics. Examples include classical music works by Beethoven, Tchaikovsky, Verdi, Mascagni, and Dvořáak performed by the Boston Pops Orchestra along with a variety of jazz pieces by Benny Goodman, Count Basey, Duke Ellington, and other jazz musicians representing the newest styles in this genre.
Emotions in Music
Discusses compositional techniques used to convey moods and emotions through music.
Enjoying Opera with Dale Harris
The Exotic Sounds of India
Ravi Shankar, who introduced the sitar to rock musicians, explains and performs the intricate music of his country.
Fairy Tales in Music
Discusses the compatibility of fairy tales and music.
Recital featuring Schubert's Impromptu in A-flat major and Schumann's Fantasy in C major.
A dramatization with songs from the 1930's musical by George and Ira Gershwin. Some of the songs included are "I Got Rhythm," "Bidin' My Time," and "Embraceable You."
From Jumpstreet: A Story of Black Music
Haydn and Handel: Masterpieces of Chamber Music
Eastman School of Music students perform Michael Haydn's Quintet for strings in C major and Handel's Passacaglia, arranged for violin and viola by Johan Halvorsen.
How Music Expresses Joy and Sorrow
Explains how composers convey their feelings through music by
operating directly on the listener's emotions.
How to Understand and Listen to Great Music
Robert Greenberg lectures on understanding and listening to great music.
Incidental Music to Shakespeare
Four musical interpretations of works by Shakespeare.
Introduction to the Orchestra
Introduction to music listening by Walter Damrosch. Examples include the march from Wagner's Tannhäuser and "The Hall of the Mountain King" from Grieg's Peer Gynt Suite.
Laughing with the Classics
Tomfoolery with music featuring Donald Swann, Gerard Hoffnung, and P.D.Q. Bach.
Leonard Bernstein Discusses...
Beethoven's Fifth Symphony and "Eroica Symphony," Bach's St.
Matthew Passion, and the music of Charles Ives. Discussion and excerpts from these works.
Leonard Bernstein Discusses Humor in Music
Wit and humor in music is discussed. "Till Eulenspiegel's Merry Pranks" by Richard Strauss is played.
Music of romance is featured by master composers. Franz Liszt's "Liebestraum" is among the selected works.
Motion Expressed in Music
Demonstrates the expression of motion in music from ancient times to the present.
Commentary on and performance of this music for string quartet and two horns.
The Music of Haydn
Describes the finer points of Haydn's music as seen in his Symphony no. 94 and his Concerto for trumpet and orchestra.
Music from the Heavens
Discusses the phenomenon of youth's attraction to Bach and his music's uplifting spirit. His mastery of counterpoint is demonstrated in the musical selections.
Music of Latin America
Discussion of Latin music and its origins. Musical illustrations include "The Four Churches" by Brazilian composer Francisco Mignone and "Preludio" by Chilean composer Rene Amengual.
Music about Toys
Examples include Victor Herbert's "March of the Toy Soldiers" from Babes in Toyland and Tchaikovsky's "Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy" from The Nutcracker.
Musical Ideas of Art Pepper
The artist discusses how he puts a jazz piece together. Starting with a promising tune, he works out rhythmic and melodic outlines, then allows emotions to take over with individual solos.
My Love Is like a Red, Red Rose
Biography of Robert Burns, the Scottish poet who wrote the words to "Auld Lang Syne."
Myths in Music
Analyzes mythical themes in the music of Handel, Vivaldi, Gluck, and Wagner. Includes two selections from a famous work in this genre, Wagner's Ring.
The Nature of Music
New World Choristers
Choral music by American and Chilean composers.
Relates the story of The Nutcracker, as set to music by Tchaikovsky.
Operetta in America is reviewed. "Waltz of the Merry Widow" is among the musical selections.
Passion in Pink
Discussion and Henri Renie's musical interpretations of five paintings: da Vinci's Mona Lisa, Picasso's Girl before a Mirror, Duchamp's Nude Descending a Staircase, Dali's Persistence of Memory, and Toulouse-Lautrec's At the Moulin Rouge.
Peter and Ravel
A quintet plays the contrasting works of Johann Peter, eighteenth-century American composer, and Maurice Ravel, twentieth-century French composer.
Pictures at an Exhibition
Mussorgsky's impressions, set to music, of ten paintings by Victor Hartman, a Russian artist.
Pioneers of Czech Music
Erich Leinsdorf conducts selections from The Bartered Brideby Friedrick Smetana, Second Symphony in D minor by Antonín Dvořák, Concerto for violin and orchestra by Bohuslav Martinu, and Schwanda the Bagpiper by Jaromir Weinberger.
The Poet and the Musician
Prokofiev and Purcell
Under the direction of Howard Hanson, Eastman School of Music advanced students play two pieces written almost three centuries apart, Prokofiev's Quintet op. 39 and Purcell's Pavanne and Chaconne for three violins and bass.
Prometheus at the Piano
Lecture and performance by Gilbert Highet.
Introduction to Wagner's masterpiece, showing how Wagner represented characters, situations, and ideas through his system of leitmotifs.
Rock and Roll
A composer and a disc jockey discuss rock and roll from musical, psychological, and social points of view.
Lecture and performance by Karl Haas.
Roy Harris and Gregor Piatigorsky
Outlines the history of Russian music from Glinka to Shostakovich. Includes selections from their works as well as those of Mussorgsky, Tchaikovsky, and Stravinsky.
Schubert and Mozart
Millard Taylor and Jose Ichanitch perform Schubert's Sonatina in D major and Mozart's Sonata no. 15 in B-flat major.
Singing in the African American Tradition
Song and Dance
Lecture and performance by Karl Haas.
The Story of the Bells
Lecture and performance by Karl Haas.
Stretching the Scale
Scott Huston points out that "good music develops in spite of the insatiable demand for popular music."
The Eastman School of Music Chamber Ensemble plays Brahms Quintet for Strings in G major op. 111.
Symphonies of Beethoven
Robert Greenberg lectures about Beethoven's symphonies.
The Tales of Beatrix Potter: Music from the Motion Picture
The Royal Opera House Orchestra is featured under the direction of John Lanchbery who also composed the ballet score. Excerpt, "The Tale of Jeremy Fisher," is heard. A biography of Beatrix Potter is included.
Understanding the Language of Music
Using examples from classical and popular music, Daniel Abrams discusses modes, scales, chords, and the instruments of the orchestra. Includes a brief history of music, with analysis of styles and forms. For the person who would like to acquire a rudimentary knowledge of music history and theory.
What Is Jazz?
Discusses jazz and includes musical examples performed by Buck Clayton, Bessie Smith, Miles Davis, Teo Macero, Louis Armstrong, and Buster Bailey. Narrated by Leonard Bernstein.
Words about Music
Composer-writer R. Murray Schafer states his views on current music education methods, composition, and noise pollution.
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Posted on 2010-08-25