Lecture 5 - Melody: Notes, Scales, Nuts and Bolts

author: Craig Wright, Department of Music, Yale University
recorded by: Yale University
published: May 21, 2010,   recorded: September 2008,   views: 6336
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This lecture explores the basic nature of melody. Touching on historical periods ranging from ancient Greece to the present day, Professor Wright draws examples from musical worlds as disparate as nineteenth-century Europe and twentieth-century India, China, and America. Professor Wright puts forth a historical, technical, and holistic approach to understanding the way pitches and scales work in music. He concludes his lecture by bringing pitch and rhythm together in a discussion of Beethoven's Ninth Symphony.

Reading assignment:

Wright, Craig. Listening to Music, chapter 3 and pp. 58-81

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Comment1 Jazz, June 8, 2010 at 4:57 p.m.:

very interesting lecture. thank you

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