Baroque Music Part One

• October 1st, 2013

An Introduction to Baroque music and the many concepts associated with Pachelbel's Canon and Orchestral String playing techniques. I apologise for the increasing infrequency of these podcasts, due mostly to this being a particularly busy period in the class music teacher's calendar. The next one should be online by early May but I make no promises.

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Opera

• October 1st, 2013

Only a little later than planned this quite long podcast episode deals with what Opera is, what Oratorio, Cantata and Passions are, and explains the different kinds of voice found in classical music. The main kinds of musical forms that are found in Opera and music drama generally are also discussed.

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Boogie Woogie and Swing

• October 1st, 2013

A listen to some Boogie Woogie Piano music and Big Band Jazz. Familiarise yourself with the sounds of jazz instruments improvising solos in some original music from the 1930s and 40s.

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Scottish Vocal Music

• October 1st, 2013

3 months in the making, the folksong podcast is finally done. Waulking songs, Bothy Ballads, Gaelic Psalms, traditional Ballads and Mouth Music. Special thanks to Kirsty Blackhall for the interview, Gordon Murray for his Gaelic Psalm connections and a reminder that the CD Salm, can be downloaded from iTunes.

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Sonatas in the Classical Period

• October 1st, 2013

A brief description of what makes a classical piano sonata and a cursory analysis of the first movement of Mozart’s Piano Sonata in C major K545.

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Classical String Quartets and Eine Klenie Nachtmusik

• October 1st, 2013

An overview of String Quartets in the Classical period and a look and listen to some of the concepts in Eine Kleine Nachtmusik and the Symphony, All works by Mozart and all generously provided for the public Domain. Where information on the recordings exists I have attributed it. Look out for my music downloads on itunes and at Bandcamp.com

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The Scottish Dance Band and 5 Scottish Dances

• October 1st, 2013

Featuring Fantoosh!, the Aldersyders band, and an uncredited Barbara Mythen, This podcast discusses the instruments to be found in the traditional Scottish Dance Band and attempts to train you to tell the difference between, Waltzes, Reels, Jigs, Strathspeys and Marches.

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Bagpipes and Clarsach

• October 1st, 2013

The sound and concepts associated with these two Scottish traditional instruments.

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Country, Soul, effects and Pop Song Structure

• October 1st, 2013

In this, the last podcast on this particular topic, concepts associated with country music and soul music are examined, Effects are explained and identified, along with how to recognise fretless and slap bass and other timbres. Finally one of Paul Brand's songs is used as an example of popular song structure.

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Ragtime and Dixieland Jazz

• October 1st, 2013

A listen and look at two early forms of jazz and the concepts readily, and not so readily, associated with them.

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