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After a brief introduction to the range of George Fenton's work, he discusses with Trevor Herbert his introduction to the processes of composition. At the piano he plays a simple a simple tune, wri...tten specifically for this programme, which he then harmonises with the three primary triads. He then plays several variations on the basic tune and harmony to show how different effects and moods can be evoked by small changes in the rhythm or harmony. In the final sequences those variations in mood are further explored by using synthesisers to change the timbre of the original tune and the variations.
Metadata describing this Open University video programme
Module code and title: A214, Understanding music: elements, techniques and styles
Item code: A214; 03
First transmission date: 1994
Published: 1994
Rights Statement: Rights owned or controlled by The Open University
Restrictions on use: This material can be used in accordance with The Open University conditions of use. A link to the conditions can be found at the bottom of all OUDA web pages.
Duration: 00:24:15
Note: Loan copy available on compilation video A214/1,2,3,4
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Producer: Tony Coe
Contributors: George Fenton; Trevor Herbert
Publisher: BBC Open University
Keyword(s): Composition; Film music; Primary triads
Subject terms: Composition (Music); Fenton, George
Master spool number: HOU6987
Production number: FOUA354T
Videofinder number: 5485
Available to public: no