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The American Musical Theater
CBM 1507
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
CBM 249
Walter Damrosch talks about animal sounds in music.

Arts and Older Folks
CBM 731
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
CBM 718
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.

Canadian Music
CBM 669
Discusses Morris Blackburn's "Canadian Forest," an evocation of life in the northern woods.

Chamber Music
CBM 258
The Trio Concertante discusses and demonstrates the changing roles and increasing interdependence of instruments in chamber music.

Classical Dances
CBM 181
Traces the formal development of the dance from the earliest written music to the modern symphonic repertoire.

Classics for Fun
CBM 232
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
CBM 257
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
CBM 779
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
CBM 1529

Digging Music
CBM 190
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
CBM 283
Discusses compositional techniques used to convey moods and emotions through music.

Enjoying Opera with Dale Harris
CBM 1547

The Exotic Sounds of India
CBM 300
Ravi Shankar, who introduced the sitar to rock musicians, explains and performs the intricate music of his country.

Fairy Tales in Music
CBM 266
Discusses the compatibility of fairy tales and music.

Rudolf Firkusny
CBM 151
Recital featuring Schubert's Impromptu in A-flat major and Schumann's Fantasy in C major.

Girl Crazy
CBM 282
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
CBM 715

Haydn and Handel: Masterpieces of Chamber Music
CBM 302
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
CBM 220
Explains how composers convey their feelings through music by
operating directly on the listener's emotions.

How to Understand and Listen to Great Music
CBM 1532-1537
Robert Greenberg lectures on understanding and listening to great music.

Part I: Sources; the Ancient World through the Early Baroque
Lecture 1, Music as a mirror.
Lecture 2, Sources: The ancient world and the early Church.
Lecture 3, The Middle Ages: Darkness, change and diversity.
Lecture 4, Introduction to the Renaissance.
Lecture 5, The Renaissance Mass: Josquin des Prez, Palestrina and the Counter Reformation.
Lecture 6, Secular music in the late Renaissance and the search for expression; the madrigal.
Lecture 7, Introduction to the baroque.
Lecture 8, Style features of baroque music and a brief tutorial on pitch, motive, melody and texture.
Part II: High Baroque
Lecture 9, The rise of Italian and German nationalism in music.
Lecture 10, Fugue.
Lecture 11-12, Baroque opera.
Lecture 13, Baroque sacred music, part 1: The oratorio.
Lecture 14, Baroque sacred music part 2: The Lutheran Church cantata (Bach course).
Lecture 15, Baroque instrumental forms, part 1: Passacaglia.
Lecture 16, Baroque instrumental forms, part 2: Ritornello form and the baroque concerto.
Part III: The Classical Era I
Lecture 17, The Enlightenment and an introduction to the classical era.
Lecture 18, The Viennese classical style, homophony and cadence.
Lecture 19, Classical era form: theme and variations.
Lecture 20, Classical era form: Minuet and trio I-baroque antecedents.
Lecture 21, Classical era form: Minuet and trio II.
Lecture 22, Classical era form: Rondo.
Lecture 23-24, Classical era form: Sonata; Allegro form I.
Part IV: The Classical Era II and the Age of Revolution-Beethoven
Lecture 25, Classical era form: sonata form II.
Lecture 26, Classical era orchestral genres: the symphony-music for every person.
Lecture 27, Classical era orchestra genres: the solo concerto.
Lecture 28, Classical era opera: the development of opera buffa.
lecture 29, classical era opera: mozart and the operatic ensemble.
Lecture 30, The French Revolution and an introduction to Beethoven.
Lecture 31-32, Beethoven Symphony no. 5 in C minor, Op. 67.
Part V, Nineteenth Century Romanticism
Lecture 33, Introduction to Romanticism.
Lecture 34, Formal challenges and solutions in early romantic music: miniatures, Lieder and Chopin.
Lecture 35-36, Formal challenges and solutions in early romantic music: the program symphony, Berlioz Symphonie Fantastique.
Lecture 37, Nineteenth century Italian opera: bel canto opera.
Lecture 38, Nineteenth century Italian opera: Giuseppe Verdi.
Lecture 39, Nineteenth century German opera: nationalism and experimentation.
Lecture 40, Nineteenth century German opera: Richard Wagner.
Part VI, From Romanticism to Modernism, 1848-1913
Lecture 41-42, The concert overture.
Lecture 43, Romantic nationalism: post 1848 musical nationalism.
Lecture 44, Russian nationalism.
Lecture 45, The early twentieth century and the modernist movement: an introduction.
Lecture 46, Early twentieth century modernism: the search for a new musical language-Debussy.
Lecture 47, Early twentieth century modernism: the search for a new musical language-Stravinsky.
Lecture 48, Early twentieth century modernism: the search for a new musical language (Schoenberg).

Incidental Music to Shakespeare
CBM 469
Four musical interpretations of works by Shakespeare.

Introduction to the Orchestra
CBM 68
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
CBM 990
Tomfoolery with music featuring Donald Swann, Gerard Hoffnung, and P.D.Q. Bach.

Leonard Bernstein Discusses...
CBM 705
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
CBM 694
Wit and humor in music is discussed. "Till Eulenspiegel's Merry Pranks" by Richard Strauss is played.

The Masters
CBM 999
Music of romance is featured by master composers. Franz Liszt's "Liebestraum" is among the selected works.

Motion Expressed in Music
CBM 238
Demonstrates the expression of motion in music from ancient times to the present.

CBM 634
Commentary on and performance of this music for string quartet and two horns.

The Music of Haydn
CBM 165
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
CBM 916
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
CBM 226
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
CBM 259
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
CBM 18
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
CBM 1194
Biography of Robert Burns, the Scottish poet who wrote the words to "Auld Lang Syne."

Myths in Music
CBM 411
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
CBM 1530

New World Choristers
CBM 158
Choral music by American and Chilean composers.

Nutcracker Ballet
CBM 81
Relates the story of The Nutcracker, as set to music by Tchaikovsky.

Operetta Memories
CBM 1000
Operetta in America is reviewed. "Waltz of the Merry Widow" is among the musical selections.

Passion in Pink
CBM 15
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
CBM 228
A quintet plays the contrasting works of Johann Peter, eighteenth-century American composer, and Maurice Ravel, twentieth-century French composer.

Pictures at an Exhibition
CBM 635
Mussorgsky's impressions, set to music, of ten paintings by Victor Hartman, a Russian artist.

Pioneers of Czech Music
CBM 34
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
CBM 1508

Prokofiev and Purcell
CBM 471
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
CBM 1531
Lecture and performance by Gilbert Highet.

The Ring
CBM 78-79
Introduction to Wagner's masterpiece, showing how Wagner represented characters, situations, and ideas through his system of leitmotifs.

Rock and Roll
CBM 251
A composer and a disc jockey discuss rock and roll from musical, psychological, and social points of view.

Romantic Piano
CBM 1556
Lecture and performance by Karl Haas.

Roy Harris and Gregor Piatigorsky
CBM 1515

Russian Music
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
CBM 219
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
CBM 1528

Song and Dance
CBM 1557
Lecture and performance by Karl Haas.

The Story of the Bells
CBM 1555
Lecture and performance by Karl Haas.

Stretching the Scale
CBM 222
Scott Huston points out that "good music develops in spite of the insatiable demand for popular music."

String Quintet
CBM 306
The Eastman School of Music Chamber Ensemble plays Brahms Quintet for Strings in G major op. 111.

Symphonies of Beethoven
CBM 1612-1615
Robert Greenberg lectures about Beethoven's symphonies.

Part 1:
Lecture 1, Beethoven and the heroic style, part I.
Lecture 2, Beethoven and the heroic style, part II.
Lecture 3, Beethoven and the heroic style, part III.
Lecture 4, Beethoven and the heroic style, part IV.
Lecture 5, Symphony no. 1,Beethoven as classicist-tradition and innovation, part I.
Lecture 6, Symphony no. 1, Beethoven as classicist-tradition and innovation, part II.
Lecture 7, Symphony no. 2, Beethoven at the edge, part I.
Lecture 8, Symphony no. 2, Beethoven at the edge,part II.
Part 2:
Lecture 9, Symphony no. 3, the "new path": heroism and self-expression, part I.
Lecture 10, Symphony no. 3, the "new path": heroism and self-expression, part II.
Lecture 11, Symphony no. 3, the "new path": heroism and self-expression, part III.
Lecture 12, Symphony no. 3, the "new path": heroism and self-expression, part IV.
Lecture 13, Symphony no. 4, consolidation of the new aesthetic, part I.
Lecture 14, Symphony no. 4, consolidation of the new aesthetic, part II.
Lecture 15, Symphony no. 4, consolidation of the new aesthetic, part III.
Lecture 16, Symphony no. 4, consolidation of the new aesthetic, part IV.
Part 3:
Lecture 17, Symphony no. 5, the expressive idea fully formed, part I.
Lecture 18, Symphony no. 5, the expressive idea fully formed, part II.
Lecture 19, Symphony no. 5, the expressive idea fully formed, part III.
Lecture 20, Symphony no. 6, the symphony as program, part I.
Lecture 21, Symphony no. 6, the symphony as program, part II.
Lecture 22, Symphony no. 6, the symphony as program, part III.
Lecture 23, Symphony no. 7, the symphony as dance, part I.
Lecture 24, Symphony no. 7, the symphony as dance, part II.
Part 4:
Lecture 25, Symphony no. 8, homage to classicism, part I.
Lecture 26, Symphony no. 8, homage to classicism, part II.
Lecture 27, Symphony no. 8, homage to classicism, part III.
Lecture 28, Symphony no. 9, the symphony as the world, part I.
Lecture 29, Symphony no. 9, the symphony as the world, part II.
Lecture 30, Symphony no. 9, the symphony as the world, part III.
Lecture 31, Symphony no. 9, the symphony as the world, part IV.
Lecture 32, Symphony no. 9: the symphony as the world, part V.

The Tales of Beatrix Potter: Music from the Motion Picture
CBM 996
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
CBM 1304
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?
CBM 704
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
CBM 71
Composer-writer R. Murray Schafer states his views on current music education methods, composition, and noise pollution.

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Posted on 2013-06-28