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This edition: Harmony

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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.
Across the globe, a rich variety of vocal and instrumental traditions create an astonishing assortment of sounds. The tone color, or quality of sound of any given instrument or voice is influenced by a number of factors, including: techniques, aesthetics, and materials. In the Western tradition, tone color is called timbre. This program examines the many ways that people produce tone color for the sounds that make music.