This edition: Timbre: The Color of Music
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.
Texture in music is defined by the number and kind of voices and instruments used in performance, as well as to the number of parts working together to produce the overall web of sound. Throughout the world, people have devised fascinating methods of blending instruments and voices to produce an infinite variety of musical textures. This program will examine the construction of two forms of texture.