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Let's Add a Layer

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YourClassical Adventures: Episode 91 - Let's Add a Layer


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Harmony in music is when more than one note or chord is layered on top of one another. It creates an often pleasing and sometimes interesting sound. Join host Liz Lyon and producer Melanie Renate as we explore the concept of harmony.

Episode 91 playlist

Thomas Tallis: If Ye Love Me — A great example of harmony is a madrigal, which is a vocal piece of music that includes a number of voices ranging from two to eight, but usually three to six voices. Madrigals present a great opportunity to play with harmony.

LISTEN  — Thomas Tallis: If Ye Love Me

Thomas Tallis: If Ye Love Me

Johann Sebastian Bach: Bach's Minuet in G Major — When learning music, this piece of music is often one of the first pieces to be included in lessons. It can happily be a solo, but once you add an accompaniment, such as a piano or even a full orchestra, then you’ve created harmony.

LISTEN  — Johann Sebastian Bach: Bach's Minuet in G Major

Johann Sebastian Bach: Bach's Minuet in G

Robert de Visee: La Muzette — This music is performed by four string instruments working together to create a piece that shows harmony in a variety of ways. Can you hear when the harmony is pleasing to the ear (consonant) or when the harmony is a little uncomfortable (dissonant)?

LISTEN  — Robert de Visee: La Muzette 

Bedrich Smetana: String Quartet No. 1 - From My Life

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