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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. And really good school of music presents concert pianist Elizabeth Travis chairman of the piano department in a recorded consideration of phrasing rather than talking at length Professor Travis has elected to include along Chopin composition. Louise Korean's a graduate student in the department will play the musical illustrations first a few majors from Chopins F minor ballade.
Phrasing is a feature common speech and music that serves the same purpose in the language of words as in the language of tone. Wrong punctuation changes the meaning of a sentence to a point of distortion phrasing. Performance is the meat in artistic observance of the cadences of the phrases and also of the half phrases and not necessarily by any pronounced break but by judicious accentuation gives intelligent point to the melodic and harmonic structure of the music. Such phrasing may be called the last refinement in interpretation. The theme we heard at the opening of our program was perfectly phrased. Let's listen again but this time without the proper phrasing.
And once again listen to how the correct inflection projects this phrase in its complete meaning. A matter of vital importance in the study of phrasing is the distinction between metric and rhythmic accent. The first term describes the natural stress that occurs at the beginning of a measure. Thus. The second term describes the refined stress assigned to subdivisions of a measure or usually an accident such as a patient is tied to an axe and were once approached by wild melodic leap or by
rest such as you hear in this example. Phrasing is thus revealed by accentuation but it is something more than merely putting an accent. If we wish to achieve plastic and expressive phrasing we must contrive to suggest curves rather than straight lines by constantly varying the amount of tone so that no two successive notes are quite similar. We can give a beautifully sung melody for this balancing and contrasting of themes and the beautiful effects and slight accentuation as always Chris closes the program with a performance of minor Ballade tired.
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Music in the making
Producing Organization
Millikin University
Contributing Organization
University of Maryland (College Park, Maryland)
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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
Piano--Instruction and study.
Media type
Performer: Krenz, Louise
Producing Organization: Millikin University
Speaker: Travis, Elizabeth
AAPB Contributor Holdings
University of Maryland
Identifier: 56-8-16 (National Association of Educational Broadcasters)
Format: 1/4 inch audio tape
Duration: 00:14:20
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Chicago: “Music in the making; Phrasing,” 1956-01-01, University of Maryland, American Archive of Public Broadcasting (GBH and the Library of Congress), Boston, MA and Washington, DC, accessed January 28, 2023,
MLA: “Music in the making; Phrasing.” 1956-01-01. University of Maryland, American Archive of Public Broadcasting (GBH and the Library of Congress), Boston, MA and Washington, DC. Web. January 28, 2023. <>.
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