BBC / Open University Programmes

    Produced and Directed by Mags Noble

    How did musical notation develop? "Taking Note" traces the history, performance and composition of music in the Western European tradition. Dr Susan Rankin traces the origins of western notation over a thousand years, to the point where it became recognizable as the system used today. Roy Goodman, a performer on the early violin, explains where some of the limitations of notation lie, with special reference to his preparation of a performance of Corelli's Concerto in D major op 6 no 4 and the composer, Judith Weir, discusses significant developments in notation since Corelli's day, making specific reference to the various stages of her composition “I broke off a golden bough”.
  • COMPOSING: George Fenton in Conversation (TV3)
    Produced and Directed by Tony Coe

    Bergerac, The Trials of Life, Gandhi, Memphis Belle - what do they all have in common? The music of these and many other plays, films and TV shows was written by George Fenton - who speaks to Trevor Herbert of the Open University about the business of composing.
    Produced and Directed by Mags Noble

    What makes a "great" composer great - is it inspiration or perspiration, of rigourous theoretical training?

    Throught surviving harmony exercises used by Beethoven and Handel, and set by Mozart for Thomas Attwood, the programme examines the relevance of this technical training to "real" music.
    Produced and Directed by Mags Noble

    What happens when a composer sets words to music? How does the composer balance the words, which need to be heard and understood, with the music, which needs to make sense on its own terms. Using four extracts from Henry Purcell's Dido and Aeneas, this programme aims to introduce the main musical language devised by composers in the genre of opera.

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