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How Music Works 1 - Melody - Part 1

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Uploaded on Sep 15, 2008

Part 2: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4dalL5...

NOTE: There is currently no DVD or 4OD release of this series, should there be any future date set for a DVD release i will remove the whole series. If you enjoy the series spread the word and buy any future DVD! ;)

Genre: Documentary - Music Theory
Time: 48:18 (Ads removed)
On: Channel 4 (UK)
Directors: Francis Hanly, David Jeffcock
Release Date: 2006

Why does melody affect us so deeply, from the moment we are born? Tunes touch our deepest emotions, and are capable of inspiring love, sorrow, faith, and hope. But how does a melody actually work?

In this film composer Howard Goodall looks at melody's basic elements. Why are some melodic shapes common to all cultures across the world? Can successful melodies be written at random? If not, what are the familiar melodic patterns composers of all types of music have fallen back on again and again, and why do they work?

Setting out on a journey that moves through the centuries, Howard looks at the curious link between Tudor England and the Mississippi Delta, and uncovers melodic shapes common to all cultures across the world. Following a trail of diverse musical sources from Gustav Mahler to Paul Simon, Shaker hymns to Bulgarian folk songs, medieval choral music to the Broadway showstoppers he reveals the tried and tested tricks of the composer's trade.

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