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Leonard Bernstein's Young People's Concerts: With the New York Philharmonic

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Leonard Bernstein earned glory as a composer, conductor, and pianist (classical and jazz), but nothing gave him more pleasure than the joy of teaching. He presented the unique blend of spoken words and music. He is an intensely interactive teacher, getting his audience to sing, springing a quiz full of trick questions. He can take the most abstruse subject and present them to a young audience with clarity, without condescension, and with a clear sense of the material's value. His subject-matter is enormously varied.
DVD
2004; 1958
Clemons (Stacks)
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Making Masterpieces [electronic resource]: Art of Crafting Violins

Though the violins of Antonio Stradivarius and Guarneri del Gesu remain the gold standard for concert musicians, their prices-often in the millions-and their scarcity place them beyond the use of all but a handful of soloists. This NewsHour program looks at Samuel Zygmuntowicz, the master violin-maker whose replicas and original designs fetch
Online
2006; 2001
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Playing the Keyboard [electronic resource]

This program features Matt Clifford, a brilliant keyboard artist who has toured with The Rolling Stones and Yes. After a detailed overview of synthesizers and their capabilities, he gives instruction on choosing a keyboard; notes and intervals; bending notes and vibrato; keeping time; scales; bass lines, left- and right-hand chords, melody lines, and rhythms; MIDI technology and sampling; using orchestral, classic rock, and synthesized sounds; building multitrack sequences; and how to improvise simple songs. The program concludes with a performance by Clifford.
Online
2005; 1991
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Playing the Guitar [electronic resource]

In this program, John James, one of Britain's top fingerstyle guitarists, shows viewers the basics of playing the six-string acoustic guitar. Subjects include types of guitars; the parts of the guitar; replacing strings; how to hold acoustic and electric guitars; tuning; strumming and fretting; left- and right-hand fingering; notes and intervals; bending notes and vibrato; chord diagrams, tablature, and keeping time; scales; the C, G7, D7, G Major, and C7 chords; triad arpeggios; how to improvise simple songs; and playing the blues. The program concludes with a performance by James.
Online
2005; 1991
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Playing the Drums [electronic resource]

In this program, Geoff Nicholls, co-presenter of BBC TV's classic Rock School series, introduces students to the drum set with instruction on the components of the drum set and their parts; choosing sticks, drums, and cymbals; replacing drum heads; how to hold the sticks using orthodox and matched grips; tuning; hand and foot strokes; drum notation and keeping time; quarter, eighth, and sixteenth notes and their associated triplets; varying rhythms with rests; varying tempo and volume; accents; fills; and how to improvise both simple and complex rhythms. The program concludes with a performance by Nicholls.
Online
2005; 1991
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Percussion Instruments [electronic resource]

This program presents the wide range of instruments found in the percussion section of an orchestra-timpani, side drum, bass drum, cymbal, tam-tam, tubular bells, and xylophone-in performance. Works by composers from Mozart to Stravinsky illustrate the special effects achieved by using the various instruments.
Online
2007; 1997
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Plucked Instruments [electronic resource]

The roots and foreign branches of the guitar-family tree. The program looks at the more important of the many relatives of this instrument.
Online
2008; 1976
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Ravel [electronic resource]: Pavane Pour Une Infante Défunte

This program illustrates how melody is used to move musical pieces along in one continuous flow. Beginning with a long, slow strain, we see and hear Ravel's melody progress through a series of changes and variations created by the addition of different instruments. The result is a musical piece replete with obvious shade and tone.
Online
2008; 1996
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Reed Instruments [electronic resource]

The development of reeds from those played loudly by the Saracens to frighten the Crusaders' horses, to the seventeenth-century forerunners of today's orchestral reed instruments.
Online
2008; 1986
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The Arts, Audio Visual Technology & Communications [electronic resource]

Here's a place where your students can turn their creativity into a career. This program looks at opportunities to design, produce, exhibit, perform, write, or publish in a variety of media, including theater, film, textiles, newspapers, radio, and television. Real-world insights into this cluster are provided through interviews with a cable TV broadcast engineer, newspaper reporter, professional actor, commercial artist, and a TV director/producer. Correlates to the National Standards for Life Work.
Online
2005; 2004
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Scales, Synthesizers, and Samplers [electronic resource]

This program covers such problems as the production of varying degrees of loudness on harpsichords and spinets, the mechanical engineering of the modern piano, the origin of scales, and the inability of keyboard instruments to produce scales in all keys exactly in tune. Synthesizers demonstrate both the problem and its solution. The progression is from electronic organs to analogue synthesizers, from purely electronic oscillations to the addition, subtraction, multiplication, mixing, and performance of additional functions that comprise the complex sounds of music. The program also looks at digital sound and musique concrete, using the BBC Radiophonic Workshop to answer some of the questions about the partnership between science and music.
Online
2007; 1989
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Philippe Herreweghe [electronic resource]: And the Word Became Song

Flemish conductor Philippe Herreweghe is credited with restoring the freshness and purity of Baroque choral music. His ensembles, which embrace a wide variety of musical periods, have included Collegium Vocale Ghent, La Chapelle Royale, the Orchestre des Champs Elysees, the Jeune Orchestre Atlantique, and RIAS Kammerchor, and his artistry is a model for choral music worldwide. But above all he is the man who, thanks to his incredible energy, kindles a sacred flame that warms audiences and performers alike. This program attempts to capture the many facets of the esteemed maestro through interviews, concert clips, and rehearsal footage. The music of J. S. Bach, Beethoven, Mozart, Schoenberg, and Pascal Dusapin is featured.
Online
2006; 2000
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Science, Strings, and Symphonies [electronic resource]

Two groups of instruments use strings as the primary source of sound: those in which plucking sets the strings in vibration, and the bowed strings. This program shows how the demand for more powerful sounds was met, and examines the instruments of Stradivari to determine what science can and cannot reveal about their magic. It also examines the ways in which scientific methods complement the skill of craftsmen in making instruments.
Online
2007; 1989
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Taming a 100-Headed Dragon [electronic resource]

The opening program is concerned with the development of the Middle-European tradition of conducting, from the origin of the conductor's job as time-keeper to the (though it now seems absurd) startling concept that the conductor should seek to convey the composer's intentions. With silent footage of the father of modern conducting, Arthur Nikisch-the only visual record of Nikisch in action; Bernstein, rehearsing Shostakovich Symphony No. 5; Barbirolli, rehearsing the Bruckner Seventh; Beecham, in conversation and conducting the Faust ballet music; Richard Strauss, conducting Till Eulenspiegel ; Weingartner, who succeeded Mahler at the Vienna Opera, conducting the Freischutz overture; and Bruno Walter, interviewed, conducting the Mozart 40th, and rehearsing the Brahms Second.
Online
2008; 1992
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Technology, Trumpets, and Tunes [electronic resource]

Despite its title, this program actually covers all the wind instruments, including the pipe organ. It considers the way in which the technology of making instruments has affected the course of musical development, particularly the development of valves for trumpets and Boehm's system of woodwind keys. The program examines the subject of vibrations in tubes, the role of finger holes, and the components of tone quality. It concludes by putting a camera inside a large church organ to show what happens inside this marvelous combination of thousands of pipes, hundreds of yards of pneumatic tubing or electric cables, and countless valves or relays in response to the movements of the organist's hands and feet.
Online
2007; 1989
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The Abduction From the Seraglio [electronic resource]: Mozart in Turkey

This captivating program combines key scenes from Mozart's singspiel The Abduction from the Seraglio as performed at the spectacular Topkapi Palace with a documentary about the intricate process of rehearsing the production. A winner of the International Broadcasting Convention's Golden Rembrandt, the program also provides fresh insights into the personal life of Mozart, the history of the Enlightenment, and life in the harem through commentary by opera director Elijah Moshinsky and Alev Lytle Croutier, author of Harem: The World Behind the Veil. Paul Groves, Yelda Kodalli, Desiree Rancatore, Lynton Atkinson, Peter Rose, and Oliver Tobias star.
Online
2006; 1999
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Bach to the Future [electronic resource]: Interactive Music Experience

J. S. Bach's Brandenburg Concerto No. 4 takes on new life in this Emmy-nominated Discovery Concert(tm) Conductor George Marriner Maull and the Philharmonic Orchestra of New Jersey create an interactive experience through which spectators become intimate with the concerto's third movement and the structure of a fugue. Engaging the live audience in spirited conversation, Maull cajoles them into listening carefully to excerpts played by the orchestra and offering candid responses. A listening guide accompanies the program-providing a visual means with which to follow the music-as well as a study guide with helpful exercises and a vocabulary list for teachers. Both guides are available online.
Online
2005; 2002
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Bill Moyers Journal [electronic resource]: Choreographer Bill T. Jones and the Reimagining of Abraham Lincoln

At the close of Abraham Lincoln's bicentennial year, this edition of the Journal takes a different look at America's 16th president-through the eyes of critically acclaimed dance artist Bill T. Jones. In a groundbreaking work of choreography called Fondly Do We Hope...Fervently Do We Pray, Jones reimagines the iconic Lincoln. Bill Moyers speaks with Jones about his creative process, his insights into Lincoln, and how dance can offer a fresh perspective on the man who is arguably the most-studied president in U.S. history.
Online
2009
19.

Flexibility or Precision [electronic resource]

This program focuses on the conducting force and personality of Otto Klemperer, Wilhelm Furtwangler, and Arturo Toscanini, with analyses of their styles by instrumentalists, other conductors, and musicologists, and with footage of Klemperer rehearsing the Egmont Overture and performing Beethoven's Ninth; Furtwangler conducting the Meistersinger Overture and rehearsing the Schubert Eighth and Brahms Fourth; comparison of Furtwangler's Beethoven's Ninth with that of the conductor whom he called a "bloody time beater"-Toscanini; and Toscanini conducting Beethoven's Fifth.
Online
1994
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The New American Orchestras [electronic resource]

Opening with Toscanini's performance of the Forza del Destino overture, this program observes how destiny, as it were, drove many of the great European conductors to America, where they built extraordinary new orchestras in their own image: the NBC Symphony, the Philadelphia, the Boston. The program contains footage of Toscanini rehearsing the "Coro di Zingarelle" from Traviata (including one of his famous tantrums) and performing Respighi's "Pines of Rome"; Stokowski in conversation and performing his transcription of Dido's Lament from Dido and Aeneas and the Bach Toccata and Fugue in D minor, as well as Tchaikovsky's Fifth; and Koussevitzky at Tanglewood conducting Beethoven's Egmont Overture.
Online
1994