Does awareness of musical structure change a listener’s experience?
In this episode, we explore an interesting question: does awareness of structure and process in music have any impact on the experience of listening to that music?
Given that music occurs in time, the ways that we choose to organize and develop musical ideas are critically important for musicians, but may not be apparent to a listener. Here we take several examples from widely different kinds of music with some before-and-after listening, so that you may explore the answer to our title’s question.
Playlist for this episode:
- "Dear Theodosia," from Hamilton - Lin-Manuel Miranda and Leslie Odom, Jr.
- I Believe I'll Dust My Broom - Robert Johnson
- Hound Dog - Big Mama Thornton
- Mercy - Duffy
- Cherokee - Clifford Brown and the Max Roach Quartet
- Fugue in G Minor, BWV 578 ("Little") - J.S. Bach
- It's Gonna Rain, Pt. 1 - Steve Reich
- Piano Phase - Steve Reich
- Symphony No. 9 in D Minor, Op. 125 (IV) - Ludwig van Beethoven
- Symphony No. 2 "Resurrection Symphony" (III. In ruhig fliessender Bewegung) - Gustav Mahler
- Sinfonia (III. In ruhig fliessender Bewegung) - Luciano Berio