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Vibrations and Pagan Rites [electronic resource]

Universal Pictures (Firm)
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James Galway takes us backward through time to demonstrate how ageless and universal the human impulse is to make music. Working chronologically backward from Ligeti to Gregorian chant, Galway outlines the development of Western music. The impishness in his smile and tone are quickly submerged in the depth of his commitment to music and his enthusiastic conviction that knowledge of musical history is a prerequisite to understanding and that understanding precedes appreciation. Contents include excerpts from: Ligeti's Melodien, Messiaen's Messe de la Pentecôte, Britten's War Requiem, Gershwin's An American in Paris, Stravinsky's Rite of Spring, Mahler's Symphony No. 10, Schoenberg's Verklärte Nacht, Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 6, back through Wagner, Chopin, Schubert, Beethoven, Mozart, Haydn, Bach, past Monteverdi and Dufay, and to Anonymous. Most of these extracts appear in fuller form in subsequent units.
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60 min.
6 & up
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  • Encoded with permission for digital streaming by Films media Group on May 02, 2012.
Related Title
Music in time (Television program)
Music in Time
Music in time
  • Music is More Than a Job (1:42)
  • Music of the 20th Century (5:06)
  • Music of the 19th Century (3:31)
  • Music of the 18th Century (3:21)
  • Music of the 17th Century (1:48)
  • Music of the 16th and 15th Centuries (2:36)
  • Music of the 12th Century and Earlier (1:27)
  • Music is Something Unique (2:12)
  • Ancient Musical Sounds (4:13)
  • Early Songs of Man (2:32)
  • Nature Provides Man's First Instruments (4:47)
  • Descendants of Early Instruments (2:34)
  • Folk Groups Keep Traditions Alive (1:52)
  • Music Answers a Need (2:59)
  • Music From a Western Perspective (4:11)
  • Modern Artists Perform Classical Pieces (4:20)
  • Modern Artists Perform Classical Pieces: Part II (4:03)
  • Man, the Incarnation of Music (5:25)
  • Credits: Vibrations and Pagan Rites (1:19)
New York, N.Y. : Films Media Group, [2012], c1982.
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  • 714s Films Media Group
  • 715 Films Media Group
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