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Medieval and Renaissance
Approaches to Popular Music
Part of the series The History of Music in the Western World, 1100-1980.
Background to Music
This BBC series features short lectures about various composers and music styles throughout history.
CBM 181 Traces the formal development of the dance from the earliest written music to the modern symphonic repertoire.
The Dance in Music
Traces the history of the dance. Includes a minuet by Mozart, Weber's "Invitation to the Dance," Brahms's Hungarian Dance in G minor, and Strauss's waltz "Artist's Life."
The Evolution of Modern Music
In a conversation with Carolyn Watt, Scott Huston traces the history of music through the development of scales. Musical illustrations represent wide range of styles and genres from the Gregorian Chant to the popular music.
An anthropologist examines the evolution of music and musical instruments. The discussion ranges from Bach to Moog synthesizers and Muzak.
How to Understand and Listen to Great Music
See entry under Music Appreciation
The Origins of Orchestration
Discusses orchestration in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. Includes musical examples from Gossec, von Gluck, Beethoven, Wagner, and Rimsky-Korsakov.
Pioneers of Czech Music
Erich Leinsdorf conducts selections from The Bartered Bride by 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.
Discussion concerning the importance of the Psalms in the history of Western music. Examples played include choral music by Palestrina, Handel, Gluck, Franck, and Liszt.
Outlines the history of Russian music from Glinka to Shostakovich. Includes selections from their works as well as those of Mussorgsky, Tchaikovsky, and Stravinsky.
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.
Augsburg: Composers Patronized by the House of Fugger
Works of composers supported by the Fuggers, an influential Augsburg banking family of the sixteenth century. Includes a madrigal by Andrea and Giovanni Gabrieli, canzonettes by Hans Leo Hassler, lute pieces by Jean-Baptiste Besard, and Protestant church pieces by Adam Gumpelzhaimer.
Lecture on Heinrich Schutz, stressing Schutz's importance in applying Italian polychoral style and dramatic monody to German church music; motets from Schutz's Symphoniae Sacrae.
Leipzig: Collegia Musica and the Thomas Cantorate in the
Discussion of the importance of the Collegia Musica to the musical life of seventeenth-century Leipzig, with selections from the works of the composers who preceded Johann Sebastian Bach as cantors of Thomaskirche.
Munich: Bavarian Court and Chapel under Orlando DiLasso
Includes details of Orlando DiLasso's life and examples of his music, such as the echo songs. (This tape contains material on side one only.)
Music in the Middle Ages
Musicologist Sidney Wilck reviews musical developments of the Middle Ages, beginning with the plainsong of Pope Gregory I and concluding with the estampie, a fourteenth-century dance.
Music in the Renaissance
Musicologist Sidney Wilck reviews music history between 1450 and 1600. With musical examples.
Anthony Rooley discusses music of the Renaissance, 1480-1600.
New Arts for Old
Christopher Page discusses Medieval music, 1100-1480.
Bach and Ornamentation
Concert artist and Bach specialist Rosalyn Tureck explains how Bach's ornamentation is "written right into the music."
Bach and Twentieth-Century Composers
CBM 277, CBM 378
Part 1: Rosalyn Tureck performs a composition by Bach based on a twelve-tone motive, the B Minor Fugue; Lukas Foss analyzes other works by the baroque composer; and Arthur Berger discusses the powerful influence of the Bachian signature.
Part 2: Rosalyn Tureck and composers Benjamin Lees, Eric Salzman, Lukas Foss, and Arthur Berger discuss Bach's influence on contemporary composers.
Hamburg: Music in the City under the Direction of George
Works by composer Georg Philipp Telemann, who served as musical director of five principal churches in Hamburg from 1721 until his death in 1767. Includes his secular cantata Die Landlust.
Lübeck, the Abendmusiken Concerts Established by Dietrich
Discussion of Buxtehude's fame as an organist, influence as a composer, and role in establishing the Abendmusiken, a series of concerts held on the five Sundays preceding Christmas. Includes a performance of Buxtehude's sacred solo cantata, Laudate Dominum.
The Music of Bach
Works illustrating Bach's genius as a composer such as Brandenburg Concerto no. 1, Concerto for harpsichord and strings in D minor, and Organ Concerto in A minor.
Nuremberg: The Brass Makers and Composers of the Seventeenth
CBM 383, CBM 385
Discussion of Nuremberg's role as the center for production of fine brass instruments; sacred and secular works by Nuremberg composers Johann Staden and Johann Erasmus Kindermann, Johann Pachelbel, Georg Kaspar Wecker, and Johann Krieger.
History of the oratorio, from its beginnings in the sixteenth century to its present-day form. Includes musical examples from Jephte by Carissimi, Judas Maccabaeus by Handel, and Haydn's oratorio Creation.
A Pearl Distorted
Christopher Hogwood discusses the baroque period: 1600-1750.
The Classical Era in Music
Sidney Wilck characterizes the classical period as one of refinement and standardization.
Dr. Robert Greenberg examines eighteenth and nineteenth century music through the examples of works by Mozart and Beethoven.
Dr. Robert Greenberg examines nineteenth century music through the examples of works by Beethoven and Brahms.
Music of Williamsburg
Williamsburg was founded in the 1700s to be the capital of Virginia. Included in this lecture is music by American and European composers that may have been heard in Williamsburg.
Sonata and the Creative Ideal
Alan Hacker discusses the classical period: 1750-1830.
Dr. Robert Greenberg examines nineteenth-century music through the examples of works by Antonín Dvořák and Richard Strauss.
Dr. Robert Greenberg examines nineteenth-century music through the examples of works by Felix Mendelssohn and Franz Liszt.
Expression and Extravagance
Norman Del Mar discusses the romantic period: 1830-1900.
Musical Pioneers of Italy
Discusses mid-nineteenth-century Italian composers of the symphony. Includes selections from Locatelli, Sgambati, Respighi, and Casella.
Pioneers of Impressionism
The Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Fabians Sevitsky, plays selected works by Debussy, Delius, Griffes, and Ravel.
The Arrival of Atonal Music
Scott Huston discusses the roles of Anton Webern, Arnold Schoenberg, and Alban Berg in the development of atonality.
The Avant-Garde Today, Parts 1-2
Scott Huston looks at the work of the "anti-music" composers and at musical composition, past and future. He predicts that traditional composition will soon become a dead art form.
The Concert Overture
Independent orchestral compositions for the concert hall. Examples offered are Berlioz's "Corsaire," Dvořák's "Carnival Overture," and Van Vactor's "Overture to a Comedy no. 2."
Narrated by Hugh Wood.
Elements of Jazz
Bill Messenger gives an overview of jazz, its elements, and the times from which it was born. Lecture 1: Plantation beginnings. Lecture 2: The rise and fall of ragtime. Lecture 3: The jazz age. Lecture 4: Blues. Lecture 5: The swing era. Lecture 6: Boogie, big band blues, and bop. Lecture 7: Modern jazz. Lecture 8: The ABC's of jazz improvisation.
Elliott Carter and Leon Kirchner
Using excerpts from their compositions, Elliott Carter and Leon Kirchner show how contemporary music has developed from older forms.
Evergreens from Bud
Reminiscences by Bud Green, lyricist of the hit "Sentimental Journey" along with discussion about Sibelius's "Finlandia" and Sousa's "Stars and Stripes Forever," two pieces sealed in a time capsule at the New York World's Fair of 1939.
Frankie and Johnny
This lecture explores the origins of the Frankie and Johnny story and song which began with the murder of Allen Brit by Frankie Baker in 1901. It traces the development of the song through Mae West, Guy Lombardo, and Johnny Cash.
George Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue
The story behind writing this composition and performing it with Paul Whiteman in New York. Gershwin cut the piano roll used for this performance.
Description of life and musical style of Gershwin, accompanied by several excerpts of his major works and numerous popular songs.
Islands in the Sun
Felix Cross discusses the story of reggae and calypso music.
Jazz Joins the Classics
Dave Brubeck explains how composer Darius Milhaud used jazz for the first time in classical compositions.
Discussion by Clifton Fadiman, critic; Goddard Lieberson, music record executive; Henry Pleasants, music writer; and Jacques Barzun, historian.
Pioneers of Twentieth-Century Music
Howard Hanson conducts his "Cherubic Hymn," Daniel Gregory Mason's "Festival Overture," Roy Harris's Symphony no. 3, Samuel Barber's Adagio for Strings, and Louis Mennini's Allegro Energico.
Ravel and Sibelius
Identifies the folk influences in Maurice Ravel's "Bolero" and Jean Sibelius's "Swan of Tuonela."
Reaction and Revolution
Wilfrid Howard Mellers discusses the modern period: 1900-1945.
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Posted on 2010-08-25