This lecture explores the basic nature of melody. Touching on historical periods ranging from ancient Greece to the present day, Professor Wright draws examples from musical worlds as disparate as nineteenth-century Europe and twentieth-century India, China, and America. Professor Wright puts forth a historical, technical, and holistic approach to understanding the way pitches and scales work in music. He concludes his lecture by bringing pitch and rhythm together in a discussion of Beethoven's Ninth Symphony. 00:00 - Chapter 1. The Nature of Melody 02:37 - Chapter 2. The Development of Notes and the Scale 14:43 - Chapter 3. Major, Minor, and Chromatic Scales in World Music 33:03 - Chapter 4. Pitch and Rhythm in Beethoven's Ninth Symphony
This course fosters the development of aural skills that lead to an understanding of Western music. The musical novice is introduced to the ways in which music is put together and is taught how to listen to a wide variety of musical styles, from Bach and Mozart, to Gregorian chant, to the blues.