How to perceive the form of a composition is demonstrated through examples that include the Beatles' "Yesterday," "Black Is the Color of My True Love's Hair" and the first movement of Mozart's Symphony No. 40. Nancy Calo and Velma Frye perform along with the National Symphony Orchestra, conducted by host Murry Sidlin.
A program on improvisation features a session with a New Orleans jazz band. Also: sitarist Juarang Yodh creates a raga; and different versions of "You Are My Sunshine" by a steel band, a bluegrass group, a blues singer and host Murry Sidlin at the piano.
Murry Sidlin, the program host, illustrates how melodies are formed. He also performs a portion of Holst's "The Planets" on piano and conducts the National Symphony Orchestra in Sibelius's "Finlandia."
Harmony is discussed by host Murry Sidlin and demonstrated by his guests. Included: a barbershop quartet; classical pianist Arno Drucker; a bluegrass fiddler; and Kyoto Okamoto, who performs on the koto, a 6-foot-long stringed instrument.
A Mormon Tabernacle Choir performance illustrates tone color, an instrument or voice's distinctive sound. Murry Sidlin, conducts the National Symphony Orchestra in parts of two Tchaikovsky pieces, the Fourth Symphony and "Serenade for Strings."
A review of musical styles from the 1600s to the 1970s. Selections include excerpts from Bach's Second Brandenburg Concerto, Mozart's Piano Sonata in F Major, Ravel's "Daphnis et Chloe" and Stravinsky's "The Firebird Suite." Host: Murry Sidlin.