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The Synthesizer [electronic resource]

This program discusses the history and evolution of electronic music. The synthesizer's roots are traced from the 1920s to the invention of the "Trautonium"-a prototype of the modern synthesizer. Its acceptance in European music circles is discussed. Performances that include the synthesizer show how the development of the modern Moog synthesizer in the 1970s revolutionized contemporary music both in America and abroad.
2007; 1997

The Trumpet [electronic resource]

The story of the trumpet begins with the trumpeters' guilds of the Renaissance. We see how improvements in its construction led to its use in the Baroque period, and how Vivaldi began to use a more refined version in his compositions. Later flexibility made it popular with dance bands and jazz musicians. Combining computer graphics with music, a trumpeter demonstrates how the sound of the instrument developed over time, and how new playing techniques were introduced.
2007; 1997

The Violin [electronic resource]

This program traces the history of four violins made at the workshop of master craftsman Andrea Amati-an original Amati made in 1566; a violin made by Nicolo Amati, an instructor to Stradivarius; and two 18th-century violins. We visit the Venice workshops of other violin master craftsmen, and see how the craft spread from there to Switzerland, where a workshop established in the 17th century still thrives today.
2007; 1997

Bloomsday Cabaret [electronic resource]: Celebration of James Joyce

To understand the lyricism and rhythmic quality of James Joyce's work, take a stroll through the music-filled streets of Dublin-made possible by this charming and informative program. Set on "Bloomsday 2004," the 100th anniversary of Leopold Bloom's fictional excursion, the video immerses viewers in turn-of-the-century Dublin, popular Irish tunes of the era, and the various ways in which Joyce incorporated them into Ulysses, "The Dead," and other works. Exquisite reenactments and interviews with literary scholars illuminate the complex relationship between Joycean prose and the author's profound sensitivity to the joys and heartaches in a good song.
2006; 2004

Spotlight on Careers in the Arts [electronic resource]

How do three talented individuals translate their unique artistic sensibilities into action? This program explains. Section one focuses attention on Jacques d'Amboise, one of the world's finest classical dancers and founder of the National Dance Institute, which exposes thousands of inner-city school children to the magic and discipline of dance. Section two introduces viewers to Andre Andreev and Dan Covert, lead designers for many of MTV's premiere award shows and the founding duo of high-profile graphic design shop Dresscode.

Inside a Recording Studio [electronic resource]

Singers and band members get all the attention, but the technicians and producers who work inside a recording studio are just as important to the creation of a great song. This program introduces viewers to the experts and equipment at the heart of a sound studio. Topics include acoustics, soundproofing, pitch and frequency, microphones, the mixing console, multi-track recording, and the overall significance of the control room. Interviews with professional sound recordists, mixers, and musicians include material on ProTools and other sound design software, the transition from valve to solid state circuits, and other subjects familiar to industry insiders. Correlates to all National CTE Organizational Standards (including the provisions of the Perkins Act)
2009; 2008

Notations [electronic resource]: Composer's Response to Crisis

In 1802, Beethoven faced the prospect of becoming deaf. But instead of causing defeat, that crisis triggered a season of transcendent creativity that changed the course of music history. In this program, pianist Mia Chung explores the innovations of Beethoven's genius in the face of enormous obstacles as she performs, deconstructs, and discusses two of Beethoven's most significant solo piano works: Piano Sonata no. 21 in C Major, op. 53 ("Waldstein"), composed in 1803-04, and Sonata no. 31 in A-flat Major, op. 110, composed in 1821. Ms. Chung has been called "uncommonly insightful, individualistic, lively" and "technically dazzling" by The New York Times.
2009; 2008

Making Music [electronic resource]: Conversations With Composer/Musicians

Between the two of them, Wynton Marsalis and B.B. King have jazz, classical music, and the blues covered. What are these towering composer/musicians like as writers and performers-and as people? This NewsHour program shares a few moments of their lives to look deeper. Episodes include * Wynton Marsalis-Jazzing the Pulitzer: Charlayne Hunter-Gault and a 35-year-old Wynton Marsalis talk about his jazz oratorio Blood on the Fields and the Pulitzer Prize he won for it-in the category usually reserved for classical music. * B.B. King-Blues Master: Drawing on footage of B.B. King, his childhood friend the Reverend David Matthews, and King biographer Charlie Sawyer, Jeffrey Brown sheds light on the legendary blues master.
2008; 2005

Music [electronic resource]

Introduce viewers to three women who have found gainful employment in the field of music. This program profiles Sandra Schultz, a sound engineer and technician who records and mixes for music producers; Shelley Park, a guitar builder who produces between 12 and 20 instruments per year; and Alice Bernier, an electronic music composer who works out of her own high-tech studio. Commentary from colleagues and associates rounds out each description.
2007; 2006

Discover Beethoven's 5th [electronic resource]: An Interactive Music Experience

When it comes to the music of Beethoven or any great composer, being able to notice subtle passages and lovingly rendered details greatly enhances our listening enjoyment. You might say that the more we perceive...the more we receive! In this Emmy-nominated and Telly Award-winning educational program, audiences have a chance to discover why Beethoven's Symphony No. 5 remains one of the most cherished works of music more than 200 years after its premiere performance. Host and conductor George Marriner Maull and the Discovery Orchestra "unpack" the symphony's first movement before a live audience-and for the video viewer as well! Following the exploration of the first movement, the orchestra performs the rest of the symphony, preceded by short, enlightening introductions from Maestro M [...]

Kentucky Music [electronic resource]: Nikos Pappas and Seth Fulsom

Hailing from Lexington, Kentucky, Nikos Pappas is a walking encyclopedia of fiddle tunes and their history. He's also a champion fiddler who has taken home multiple awards, and a member of the great Kentucky stringband The Red State Ramblers. In this performance he collaborates with Seth Folsom, a musician and world-class banjo maker from Louisville. Folsom is also a master performer on the instrument, being able to provide solid backup for fiddle players in the old-time frailing style as well as play a wonderful finger style similar to that of Charlie Poole. Folsom can be heard with some of the finest old-time bands, from Louisville's The JawBones to California's The Crooked Jades. Hosted by Jesse Wells of the Kentucky Center for Traditional Music at Morehead State University.

Kentucky Music [electronic resource]: Karly Dawn Higgins

Rowan County's Karly Dawn Higgins made her start in traditional music with the all-female bluegrass band Hazel Holler. Shortly after she left the band she met a group of old-time musicians in Morehead, Kentucky, and formed the Clack Mountain String Band. The four piece group would go on to perform at national music festivals like MerleFest and Seedtime on the Cumberland as well as performances at Chicago's Old Town School of Folk and the Carter Fold. Higgins fronts her own country group, Karly Dawn and Kinfolk, and can often be seen performing with collaborator Sarah Wood as Karly Dawn and Little Sarie. This splendid performance features Higgins in rare form and is hosted by Jesse Wells of the Kentucky Center for Traditional Music at Morehead State University.

Kentucky Music [electronic resource]: Rich and the Po' Folk

Formed in 2006 by a group of friends who shared a love for traditional mountain music, Rich and the Po' Folks is a premier old-time string band offering a lively blend of fiddle tunes seasoned with ballads, Carter Family songs, and contemporary mountain songs. Their music draws on the heritage of Appalachian fiddlers, banjo players, singers, and songwriters. While most of the band's repertoire originates from eastern Kentucky and southwest Virginia, hot spots for one of America's great musical traditions, fiddler Rich Kirby has performed not only across the region but also nationally with a wide range of well-known musicians. Spotlighting the band's lively performance style, this program is hosted by Jesse Wells of the Kentucky Center for Traditional Music at Morehead State University.

Kentucky Music [electronic resource]: Kentucky Wild Horse

Kentucky Wild Horse takes its name from an old east Kentucky fiddle tune played by Wolfe County fiddler Darley Fulks, who possessed a vast repertoire of pre-Civil War tunes. The band's love and inspiration is Kentucky music from the 19th century through the present, especially its fiddle and banjo traditions. The group searches out obscure fiddle tunes, bluegrass songs, and even classic jugband music, breathing new life into material that could otherwise vanish. Lead vocalist and guitar player John Harrod has documented, recorded, and performed traditional music from more than 35 years, and he is a recipient of the Folk Heritage Award of the Governor's Award in the Arts. This splendid performance is hosted by Jesse Wells of the Kentucky Center for Traditional Music at Morehead State [...]

TEDTalks [electronic resource]: Natalie Merchant - Singing Old Poems to Life

Natalie Merchant sings from her new album, Leave Your Sleep. Lyrics from near-forgotten 19th-century poetry pair with her unmistakable voice for a performance that brought the TED audience to its feet.

TEDTalks [electronic resource]: Charles Limb - Your Brain on Improv

Musician and researcher Charles Limb wondered how the brain works during musical improvisation, so he put jazz musicians and rappers in an fMRI to find out. What he and his team found has deep implications for our understanding of creativity of all kinds.

TEDTalks [electronic resource]: Robert Gupta and Joshua Roman - Duet on "Passacaglia

It's a master class in collaboration as violinist Robert Gupta and cellist Joshua Roman perform Halvorsen's "Passacaglia" for violin and viola. Roman takes the viola part on his Stradivarius cello. It's powerful to watch the two musicians connect moment to moment (and recover from a mid-performance hiccup). The two are both TED Fellows, and their deep connection powers this sparkling duet.

Flamenco [electronic resource]

A magnificent panorama of Flamenco and its performers, for whom the rhythms and lyrics are inherited folklore and part of daily life-but the techniques are studied. There are, in fact, four distinct schools of Flamenco in Spain, filmed here away from tourists in the places where the artists perform for their own.
2005; 1986

Flutes and Whistles [electronic resource]

Primitive men developed the first musical instruments when they used tubes of bamboo, bone, or wood to produce whistling sounds. The ancient Greeks later played pan-pipes. This program shows what happened as the same principle was applied to a wide range of instruments.
2008; 1986

Bowed Instruments [electronic resource]

In the 11th century, European musicians tried to make their instruments sound like the human voice. Instead of plucking the strings, they began drawing a piece of wood or bone across them to sustain the tone. By Elizabethan times, the viol was the aristocrat of bowed instruments, while the violin was considered fit only for pubs and parties. This program shows how fashions as well as musical instruments changed.
2008; 1976