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Episode Details

Original tape date: January 1, 1998.

This series creates an understanding of the essential nature of music and its broad international cultural applications by exploring the commonalties and the diverse uses of the basic musical elements-melody, rhythm, texture, harmony-that bind all music together.
Every culture in the world has a musical tradition, and nature and environment is an intrinsic part of it. While music exists in every human society, its meaning and place is culturally determined and the function of music also differs from culture to culture. Differences in techniques, instruments, languages, forms, and, again, environment have yielded a wealth of musical styles. This introductory program considers what we mean by music and how we can define it.