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Music in the making. Produced by Millikan university under a grant from the Educational Television and Radio Center in cooperation with the National Association of educational broadcasters. The Milliken School of Music presents Elton Burke's dollar and assistant professor of music and recorded consideration of the brasses of the orchestra. Professor Briggs dollar a prolific versatile young composer is the conductor of the Milliken civic orchestra members of the brass section will play the musical illustrations and Professor Bergdahl I will direct your attention to the various members of the brass family. Is that right.
It is circular and it's best with the right hand. The horn of the classic period was used before the invention of valves. This limited the possibilities of notes that could be used. An early example of an orchestral horn part would be to highlight an effect or to accentuate a forte passage. By inserting the right hand deeper into the bell a pitch variation was discovered which opened the door to new sound possibilities not only for the horn as an orchestral instrument but also as a solo instrument. The pitch differences are produced by the right hand only from a normal position
to a muted position on the same initial pitch. With the invention of the valve which changed the length of tubing without manually changing brass croaks the use of the right hand became one of obtaining tonal effects. The change of pitch resulting from the muting must be compensated for by the musician through transposition.
The horn beside being an instrument capable of blending with all instrumental families has a wide range and is capable of displaying many moods including those of a playful quality. This is an exception rather than the rule for horn parts usually do not have as many leaps as do the parts of other brasses. The reason is that the horn plays in his upper overtone series whereas the other basses are playing with the more fundamental tones. Now let us move on to the trumpet the trumpets history is somewhat similar to that of the horn and its early orchestral use was chiefly for a military call.
But the trumpet has found its place as a melodic instrument in bands and orchestras capable of covering more than merely the military mood. The trombone has a heroic quality that can be most inspiring but it also has the rockers ability to feel a sandal between notes by means of changing the length of its tubing in a telescoping manner. You might say to being within to being.
The largest member of the brass family is a tuba. This like the horn and trumpet is a valid instrument and supply as a necessary bass in the brass family. Listen to the color of the brasses as together they play a fantasy especially arrange for a brass sextet.
Composers have brought the brass as more and more to the place of prominence in their works from the mere playing of occasional notes and chords to melodic and harmonic solo passages. The rise of military bands brought a new type of music in which the brashness play an ever increasing part orchestral works have been transcribed for bands bringing with them a new sound for the air of the world.
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Music in the making
Brasses of the orchestra
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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 various brass instruments that are employed in orchestras.
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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.
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Producing Organization: Millikin University
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University of Maryland
Identifier: 56-8-25 (National Association of Educational Broadcasters)
Format: 1/4 inch audio tape
Duration: 00:14:20
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