Howard Goodall's Big Bangs

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Composer Howard Goodall examines five European musical innovations that altered the course of sonic history in this five-part series exploring "Notation, "Equal Temperament, "Opera, "Piano, and "Recorded Sound."
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Composer Howard Goodall examines five European musical innovations that altered the course of sonic history in this five-part series exploring "Notation, "Equal Temperament, "Opera, "Piano, and "Recorded Sound."
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/24/2008
  • UPC: 032031433496
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  • Source: Kultur Video
  • Region Code: 1
  • Aspect Ratio: Pre-1954 Standard (1.33.1)
  • Presentation: Letterbox
  • Sound: Dolby Digital Stereo
  • Language: English
  • Time: 4:13:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 48,489

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Howard Goodall's Big Bangs
1. Plain Chant [11:14]
2. Numes [4:01]
3. Guido Monaco [13:18]
4. Composers [10:31]
5. Improvisation [6:12]
6. Sibelius [4:38]
1. Pythagoras, Mathematician [7:56]
2. Pythagoras, Mystic [10:02]
3. John Dunstable [6:57]
4. Renaissance [5:46]
5. J S Bach [8:18]
6. Accordion [7:08]
7. Chinese Music [3:51]
1. Camerata [7:30]
2. Orfeo ed Euridice [9:59]
3. The Marriage of Figaro [8:50]
4. Liberation [6:13]
5. Nationalistic Pride [3:15]
6. Modern Opera [7:45]
7. China [6:56]
Disc #2 -- Howard Goodall's Big Bangs
1. Early Keyboards [9:09]
2. Bartolomeo Cristofori [12:18]
3. Johann Andreas Stein [4:06]
4. Franz Schubert [4:02]
5. Development [9:37]
6. Claude Debussy [5:03]
7. 20th Century [5:39]
1. Early Technology [9:43]
2. Enrico Caruso [9:16]
3. Recording Techniques [12:09]
4. Live and Recorded Music [3:07]
5. World Music [5:57]
6. Sampling [9:42]
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Disc #1 -- Howard Goodall's Big Bangs
   Equal Temperament
   Scene Selections
      Big Bangs: Notation
      Big Bangs: Equal Temperament
      Big Bangs: Opera
Disc #2 -- Howard Goodall's Big Bangs
   Recorded Sound
   Scene Selections
      Big Bangs: The Piano
      Big Bangs: Recorded Sound
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    From the Mind that Gave Us the Black Adder Theme Song:

    Not only do you not need to be a musician to love this DVD, you don't even need to be a fan of classical music - although I can't promise you won't be by the end of the program. Yes, this program is as scholarly and comprehensive as any good music theory course should be. But dry? Not a chance with Howard Goodall at the wheel, quite literally at times. We're taken on a journey that is fascinating and, thanks to Mr. Goodall, fun. His is a dry British wit that is occasionally, and hilariously, goofy, but which never gets in the way. The Opera Program, for me, was worth the price alone. Mr. Goodall's subdued optimism from inside the then-still burnt-out shell of La Fenice in Venice, and his awe entering the recently discovered room in Mantua in which Monteverdi worked, have not lost their power to move me after many viewings. The locations, as varied as the music, are beautifully filmed. From chant in a stark, austere abbey in the Swiss Alps, to Mahler at the mist-shrouded Attersee Lake, from jazz at the Chat Noir in Paris, to a wonderful demonstration of Edison's tin-foil phonograph in West Orange,NJ, each musical invention is presented, not as theory, but as the thread that has run through humankind for a thousand years - connecting us not only to our ancestors, but to each other.

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    Posted October 30, 2008

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