Effective Surprise (03:50)
Solving a mental puzzle requires us to go outside real or imagined boundaries— something composers do to create a musical device that elicits an emotional reaction in listeners. Maestro George Marriner Maull demonstrates a deceptive cadence with "Mary Had a Little Lamb."
Harmonization Exercise (03:58)
Maestro Maull plays a Slovakian folk melody. He then demonstrates two different harmonized versions that effectively surprise listeners. Listen again and see if you experience an emotional response.
Increasing Listening Flexibility (02:05)
The number of squares in a puzzle varies depending on viewer perception. Maestro Maull says we must have an open mind when listening to music, to hear all the musical elements. He plays a melody from a fugue in Handel's "Concerto Grosso Op. 6, No.7" containing a repetitive pitch.
Fugue Subject Exercise (04:06)
Maestro Maull provides a fugue definition. Listen to Handel's "Concerto Grosso Op. 6, No.7" and count how many times you hear the main melody.
Fugue Guided Listening Demonstration (03:54)
In "Concerto Grosso Op. 6, No.7," Handel presents the fugue subject four times each in high range, medium range, and low range. Contrapuntal texture makes it difficult to detect. Listen with a visual aid indicating the main melody.
Tension and Release (03:23)
Composers build and then release emotional tension in musical works. Maestro Maull demonstrates this idea in Rachmaninoff's "Symphony No. 2."
"Symphony No. 2 in E minor, Op. 27" (02:01)
Hear an excerpt from Rachmaninoff's work demonstrating emotional tension and release. Flexibility in listening allows composers to enthrall us with effective surprise.
Credits: How Listening Affects Us: Episode 5—Fall in Love with Music (01:28)
Credits: How Listening Affects Us: Episode 5—Fall in Love with Music
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