Introduction to Musical Paragraphs (02:35)
Maestro George Marriner Maull compares paragraphs in storytelling to sections of related musical ideas in compositions.
Musical Paragraph Listening Exercise (03:27)
Maestro Maull plays Thelonius Monk's "Ruby, My Dear" and pauses between each section. Viewers should assign each section a letter beginning with A; repeated sections receive the same letter designation.
"Ruby, My Dear" (02:31)
The Dan Crisci Quartet plays Thelonious Monk's composition. Listen for sections.
"Kinderszenen" Listening Exercise (03:05)
Maestro Maull plays Schumann's "Scenes from Childhood." Assign letters to each section, or musical paragraph.
Program vs. Abstract Music (04:01)
Musical compositions with a topic or idea are called program music, including music with words. Abstract music compositions convey emotion and thought, but no story. Maestro Maull plays a song from Schumann's "Kinderszenen" and asks viewers what scene it suggests. Schumann titled it "Important Event."
"Prelude in D Major" (02:44)
Maestro Maull plays a Bach piece containing three elements and demonstrating contrapuntal texture. An example of abstract music, it conveys a positive mood. Composers can transmit feeling without words.
Value of Abstract Music (01:09)
Maestro Maull interviews people on the street about their opinions on music with or without lyrics.
Hidden Melody Exercise (03:42)
Maestro Maull instructs viewers to identify a popular melody disguised in a classical music composition. Hear the theme and first variation of Mozart's "Variations on Ah vous dirai-je, Maman." Maull urges viewers to be open and flexible listeners.
Credits: Paragraphs Without Words: Episode 6—Fall in Love with Music (01:28)
Credits: Paragraphs Without Words: Episode 6—Fall in Love with Music
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