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Exploring Famous Melodies

  • Exploration of Note and Rhythmic Patterns Relating to One Another in Time
  • Looking at Pieces Using High Notes As Peaks of Melodies
  • Exploring Pieces That Use Rhythmic Repetition as a Dramatic Tool in Shaping Melodies

Exploring Famous Melodies

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  • Intro 0:00
  • Lesson Objectives 0:11
  • Thus Spake Zarathustra (Strauss) 0:38
    • Characteristics of This Melody
    • Listen Briefly
  • Thus Spake Zarathustra (Strauss), cont. 1:58
    • Listen Briefly
    • Let's Write This Out
    • Let's Play It
  • Ride of the Valkyries (Wagner) 4:14
    • Characteristics of This Melody
    • Repetitive Rhythm vs. Tonal Pitch Change
  • Ride of the Valkyries -cont.- 5:38
    • Listen Briefly
    • Let's Write This Out
    • Examining The Intervals
    • Analyzing Music
  • Hallelujah (Handel) 7:58
    • Listen Briefly
    • Characteristics of This Melody
    • Watch This Melody Played on the Keyboard
  • Little Prelude in C (Bach) 10:21
    • Listen Briefly
    • Characteristics of This Melody
  • Little Prelude -cont.- 12:38
    • Listen Briefly to the Ending
    • Characteristics of This Melody
    • Watch This Melody Played on the Keyboard
  • Example I: Analyzing Thus Spake Zarathustra 15:04
  • Example II: Analyzing Ride of the Valkyries 18:52
  • Example III: Analyzing Hallelujah 22:46
  • Example IV: Analyzing Little Prelude 26:22
  • Example V: Transpose A Melody One Fifth Lower 30:18
  • Example VI: Transpose A Melody A Fifth Higher 33:09