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Traces the development of the fugue from its forerunner, the ricercare, through the baroque and classical forms of this genre.
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.
What Is a Canon?
Describes the origin and development of the canon, the simplest musical form.
What Is a Fugue?
Studies the fugue, using numerous examples from different styles, including Bach's Fugue in C major and Fugue in F minor.
Places the cantata in historical perspective and explains how a composer uses poetry.
Edward Burlingame Hill
Discusses Hill's Sextet for flute, oboe, clarinet, horn, bassoon, and piano, a work commissioned by Elizabeth Sprague Coolidge and first performed at the Coolidge Festival in 1934.
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.
History of String Quartets
The Julliard String Quartet demonstrates the evolution of the string quartet from Gibbons to Bart¢k.
The Music of the String Quartets
The Julliard String Quartet demonstrates the technical and expressive potential of stringed instruments. Illustrated with numerous examples from quartet music by Haydn, Schumann, Schubert, Debussy, Beethoven, Ravel, Mozart, Smetana, and Bartók.
Introduction to chamber music through Schubert's String Quartet in A minor op. 29, and commentary on Prokofiev's String Quartet no. 2, an important example of contemporary chamber music.
CBM 95, 97, 98
Examples of the concerto, a basic musical form.
Tape 1: Movements from a concerto grosso by Vivaldi, Sinfonia Concertante for violin and viola by Mozart, and Beethoven's Piano Concerto no. 4.
Tape 2: Contrast of the Concerto for clarinet by Weber, written in 1811, and the Concerto for piano by Shostakovich, written more than one hundred years later.
Tape 3: Movements from two modern concerti-Bloch's Concerto Grosso and Poulenc's Concert Champetre for harpsichord.
Evolution of the Concerto
Antal Dorati conducts the Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra in Cimarosa's Overture to the Secret Marriage and selections from Handel's Concerti Grossi.
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."
Modern Symphonic Dances
Surveys this symphonic form. Includes works by Debussy, Rachmaninoff, and Paul Creston.
Discusses different treatments of the waltz by several composers.
Experiments in Electronics
Composer-conductor Pierre Boulez discusses his search for a new musical language.
The art of improvisation is explored in various art forms including playwriting, acting, film making, and jazz and classical music.
Insights into the development of the mass as a musical form.
Motet and Madrigal
Introduction to these genres of vocal ensemble music and their history. Includes musical examples ranging from the thirteenth century to contemporary vocal music.
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.
Famous Dramatic Overtures
Compares four highly divergent types of dramatic overtures by Mozart, Wagner, Wolf-Ferrari, and Massenet, performed by the NBC Symphony Orchestra.
Focus on the Overture
History of the overture, from its emergence to the present day.
Describes the development of the overture, beginning with the French form, a slow then fast prelude to an opera or theatrical work established by Jean-Baptiste Lully. Includes the overtures to Lully's Thésèe, Mozart's Idomeneo, Gretry's L'Epreuve Villageoise, Beethoven's Coriolanus, and Glinka's Ruslan and Ludmila.
Traces the development of the rhapsody from its origins in ancient Greece to its modern form. Features selections of works from Liszt to Ralph Vaughan Williams.
Defines the rondo as a form characterized by repetition and contrast. Examples include a Bach gavotte, Mozart's Turkish March, and the Andante from Brahms's Third Symphony.
Examples illustrate various kinds of scherzos.
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.
Contrasts compositional techniques in Ravel's Mother Goose Suite and Carpenter's Adventures in a Perambulator, two pieces inspired by children's literature.
The Modern Suite
Discusses the origins of the suite.
Traces the development of the suite. Includes musical examples, showing the use of the same musical form for entirely different styles of music.
What Is a Suite?
Walter Damrosch defines a suite as a progression of musical numbers. The suite from Iphig‚nie en Aulide by Gluck is used as an example.
Development of the Symphony
Reginald Stewart and the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra trace the development of the symphony from Johann Stamitz to Franz Liszt.
Musical Pioneers of Italy
Discusses mid-nineteenth-century Italian composers of the symphony. Includes selections from Locatelli, Sgambati, Respighi, and Casella.
The Symphonic Poem
CBM 58, 372, 59
Discussion of how the symphonic poem expresses poetic imagery and performance of well-known examples-Liszt's Les Preludes and Saint- Saens's Danse Macabre.
Tape 1: Describes the development of the symphony between 1770 and 1815, using examples from the different symphonies by Johann Christian Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, and Schubert.
Tape 2: Relates the symphony to our musical heritage, comparing early symphonies by Locatelli, classical by Haydn, and contemporary by Prokofiev.
Tape 3: Employs Ernst Bacon's Symphony no. 2, composed in 1937, as an example of a modern symphony based on classical design.
Exploring Theme and Variation
Walter Damrosch introduces the audience to the variation form, using examples from the Beethoven's 5th Symphony and Rustic Symphony by Carl Goldmark.
Several musical forms represented in selections from Bizet's Carmen, Grieg's Peer Gynt Suite, Beethoven's Symphony no. 2, and Tchaikovsky's Symphony no. 4.
Theme and Variation
Tape 1: Analysis of a traditional form with historical perspective from the Elizabethan style represented by Hugh Aston to the classical Haydn's variations, and more recent interpretation of the form by Tchaikovsky. Tape 2: Andante movement from Beethoven's Fifth Symphony and the Istar Variations by d'Indy used to show the continuous development of the variations as a musical form.
Variations on Form and Style
The Hartford Symphony Orchestra, pianist Walter Deckelmann, and harpist Cynthia Otis play works by Dohnanyi, Debussy, and Barber.
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Posted on 2013-06-28