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This edition: Texture

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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.
Much of the world’s music involves the interaction of two or more tones sounded simultaneously. In Western music theory this interaction-how the pitches relate to each other-is defined as harmony. If we imagine melody as moving through space and time horizontally, we can think of harmony as a vertical construction in which we listen to all the sounds playes or sung at the same time. This program looks at the vocal and instrumental harmonic tradition and its present modes of expression.