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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.
2008; 1996

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.
2008; 1986

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.
2005; 2004

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.
2007; 1989

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.
2006; 2000

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.
2007; 1989

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.
2008; 1992

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.
2007; 1989

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.
2006; 1999

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.
2005; 2002

Techniques of Conducting [electronic resource]

This program opens with Fritz Reiner conducting the New York Philharmonic in Tchaikovsky's Violin Concerto, with Jascha Heifetz as soloist; Reiner, whom Isaac Stern characterizes as a brilliant stick technician, is also seen conducting the Chicago Symphony in Beethoven's Seventh. The program also presents Szell in conversation and rehearsing the Cleveland in Brahms' Academic Festival Overture, von Karajan in conversation and performing Debussy's "La Mer," and Bernstein rehearsing Shostakovich's Fifth and performing the Mahler Fourth Symphony.

Playing the Violin [electronic resource]

In this program, renowned folk-rock fiddler Ric Sanders helps beginners get started playing the violin. Topics include the parts of the violin and bow, choosing a violin and bow, using peg paste and bow rosin, how to hold the violin and bow, tuning, bowing, plucking, fingering, notes and intervals, vibrato, the rudiments of reading music and keeping time, the D major and G major scales, the Doric mode, and how to improvise simple songs. The program concludes with a performance by Sanders.

Playing the Flute [electronic resource]

This program features one of the world's finest jazz flute players: Eddie Parker. He addresses the parts of the flute and how to assemble them, posture and breathing, embouchure, holding and blowing into the flute, tuning, fingering, notes and intervals, tonguing, the rudiments of reading music and keeping time, the Pentatonic scale, how to improvise simple songs, and disassembly, cleaning, and storage of the flute. The program concludes with a performance by Parker, followed by a series of drone notes for students to practice against.

Playing the Clarinet [electronic resource]

This program spotlights David Bitelli, a multitalented musician who has worked with Elton John, Terence Trent D'Arby, and Joan Armatrading. He acquaints students with the parts of the Boehm-system B-flat clarinet and how to assemble them, selecting the best mouthpiece, fitting the reed, posture and breathing, embouchure, holding and blowing into the clarinet, tuning, fingering, notes and intervals, tonguing, the rudiments of reading music and keeping time, scales, how to improvise simple songs, and types of clarinets. The program concludes with a performance by Bitelli.

Playing the Saxophone [electronic resource]

Pete Thomas has toured with Joe Jackson and Fats Domino and has recorded with Elton John. In this program, he introduces beginners to the alto saxophone: the parts of the saxophone and how to assemble them, fitting the reed, posture and breathing, embouchure, holding and blowing into the saxophone, tuning, fingering, notes and intervals, tonguing and slurring, bending notes and vibrato, the rudiments of reading music and keeping time, scales, triad arpeggios, how to improvise simple songs, and playing the blues. The program concludes with a performance by Thomas.

Playing the Bass Guitar [electronic resource]

Henry Thomas has collaborated with Van Morrison, Herbie Hancock, Chris de Burgh, Billy Ocean, and Randy Crawford. In this program, he familiarizes beginners with the bass guitar: the parts of the bass; choosing a bass; amplifiers and speakers; replacing strings; how to hold the bass with classical and rock grips; tuning; plucking and fretting; left- and right-hand fingering; notes and intervals; bending notes and vibrato; chord diagrams and keeping time; scales; triad arpeggios; movable shapes; how to improvise simple bass lines and rhythms; and playing the blues. The program concludes with a performance by Thomas.

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.

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.

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.

Vienna [electronic resource]

This program covers Mozart in Salzburg; Mozart in Vienna; Mozart's operas examined by Sir Peter Hall; the great Mozart symphonies and the Requiem Mass; and Schubert, his piano works, chamber music, and Lieder. Performers include James Galway, the Vienna Boys' Choir, Jorg Demus, and the Amadeus Quartet. Contents include excerpts from: Mozart's Dies Irae and Lachrymosa from the Requiem, Andante in C Major, Piano Concerto K414, Haffner Serenade, Piano Concerto in F, Don Giovanni, Symphony No. 38 in D ('Prague'), Cosi Fan Tutte (Finale, Act I); Schubert's Seeligkeit, Fruhlingslaube, German Dances, Impromptus and First Waltzes, Quartet in C Minor, and An die Musik.