VHS, 60 min. each, 1982
A superb series that luxuriates in the sounds while it traces the historical, regional, and artistic development of Western music.
1. Vibrations and Pagan Rites - James Galway outlines the development of Western music, working chronologically backward from Ligeti to Gregorian chant. He demonstrates how ageless and universal the human impulse is to make music.
2. Vienna - This program is devoted to Mozart in Salzburg and Vienna, his operas, the great Mozart symphonies and the Requiem Mass; and to Schubert, his piano works, chamber music and lieder.
3. War and Peace - In the period between the two World Wars, composers sought to express in music the disjarring and discordant sense that civilization was giving way to barbarism. During the same time, jazz burst upon the international musical scene.
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