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Music in the making. Produced by Milliken university under a grant from the Educational Television and Radio Center in cooperation with the National Association of educational broadcasters. Music presents concert pianist Elizabeth Travice head of the piano department in a recorded consideration of peddling Professor Travis will talk about the problems involved and call attention to the correct and incorrect techniques regarding peddling musical illustrations will be played by Betty Roth. And now a few measures from debut gardens in the rain. The puddle is the life. It was certainly the
best friend the pianist has at his disposal to overcome certain material drawbacks of the pianist Constitution. The pedals are a source of variation on the color and their judicious use can expand and amplify many of the effects produced by the pianists fingers. Our opening theme for robot one of the many and fascinating effects we are able to obtain by the various uses of the pedal we were turned it on to other examples in the few moments it has been said. The pedaling is the most baffling to teach of all the branches of piano playing without keen perception and demanding ear the full advantages of the pedals are lost. There have always been certain misconceptions about the use of the pedal for example so often one asks Can I hold the pedal here whereas the right question more often than not should be can I omit the pedal here. The
pedals deal with quality and color of tone not with quantity. While it is true that the right pedal correctly termed the damper pedal sets into vibration all of the strings thus enhancing the volume and while it is also true that the left pedal Grech be called a Korda acts as a mute and permits the hammer to strike only one of two strings. It still remains a fact that the artistic use of the pedals come from a conception of them as factors in tone coloring not as AIDS in playing loudly or softly. Listen to a chord played with the pedal. And now the same chord with pedal. The tone is definitely sustained. Mellowed has a greater resonance results when we sound a chord or a note with all the dampers raised from the strings by the use of the pedal and for this reason when the dampers are raised from the strings
the sympathetically inclined higher strings are roused into action by lower ones. In addition give the sound a note as a harmonic. When harmony for. Example. This brings us to the importance of pedalling. If you
connect that to the next a bad result. If you put the pedal down at the same instant you depress the next key in a finger passage you will necessarily be holding up the first note with the next finger. Therefore if the dampers at that very moment. This will prevent the previous notes damper from descending and shutting off the tongue. Hence the small or discordant sound. Listen to both hands pressed for each note with the key. And the same scale properly.
The first badly peddled with each new chord. The same passage properly pedal the pedal rising each chord. Or to put it very simply coming up as the fingers go down. And working out pedalling. We must be careful to allow the sufficiently damp. We intend to continue in spite of the pedal having also
must remain up long enough to stop the vibrations of the strings lower and more powerful ones or the so-called damping effect will result. This will continue to sound upper ones are silenced. Sometimes however this half or half effect is actually required. This use of the pedal enables us to play changing harmonies in the upper register of the instrument like this. The beauty was gardens in the rain. We'll close our program. Is the greatest contributor of our times to the technique of plant opening a new branch of it is his contribution more important than the use of the petals as one writer has put it. Impressionism is concerned with motion rather than
Station. That is to say this concerned with the appearance of the thing under certain light rather than with the thing itself with bigness and suddenly of passing reflexes rather than with clean cut characters lines or structures Debussy's music is for the most part characterized by an iridescent of a dreamy unrelated chords and of broken colors. The liberation he brought about from the strict rules of harmony has resulted in the use of the petals which before his time was unknown consonance and dissonance have become less clearly defined in Debussy's music. PETALING occupies a position never dreamed of before. True i possible.
Work straight importance. Professor Elizabeth Travis assisted by Betty Roth has brought you a recorded
consideration of. Music in the making was produced by Milligan university under a grant from the Educational Television and Radio Center. This program is distributed by the National Association of educational broadcasters. This is the end E.B. Radio Network.
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Music in the making
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Millikin University
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University of Maryland (College Park, Maryland)
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Episode Description
This program discusses the technique of pedaling on the piano and illustrates it with music from Debussy.
Series Description
Instructional comments and musical illustrations using faculty and students from the Millikin University School of Music. The first thirteen programs in the series focus upon historical aspects of music. The second half of the series explores music's technical side.
Broadcast Date
Debussy, Claude, 1862-1918. Songs
Media type
Performer: Roth, Betty
Producing Organization: Millikin University
Speaker: Travis, Elizabeth
AAPB Contributor Holdings
University of Maryland
Identifier: 56-8-17 (National Association of Educational Broadcasters)
Format: 1/4 inch audio tape
Duration: 00:14:21
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