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Marsalis on Music, 4 Disc Set



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Marsalis on Music
4 Disc set: Why Toes Tap, Listening for Clues, From Sousa to Satchmo, Tackling the Monster
Each DVD is approx. 53 min.

Wynton Marsalis is a strong and respected voice in music education.  A 16-time Grammy Award winner, Mr. Marsalis is universally recognized as the world's leading jazz and classical trumpeter.

USA Today said of the series "Marsalis On Music is a thrilling, four-part seminar of music appreciation...Comparisons to Leonard Bernstein's famed Young People's Concerts are appropriate."

Marsalis On Music presents students with a thorough and engaging look at musical fundamentals including:

  • Rhythm - when there's no rhythm, there's no music
  • Form and Style - the great composers did have a plan!
  • Musical language and manners - how musicians communicate
  • Tackling the Practice Monster...and much, much more

A detailed series chapter summary booklet has a DVD-ROM function that allows reprinting the booklet. The ??DVDs?? ?feature live student audiences at Tanglewood?.?   

Why Toes Tap:
By the end of this video, you will know the answer! Using 2 versions of The Nutcracker (Tchaikovsky's original, and Duke Ellington's jazz arrangement), Wynton demonstrates how composers use rhythms to express a wide variety of emotions. With words as simple as "No motion, no rhythm; no rhythm, no music", Wynton teaches us to swing with the music.   
Performers: Seiji Ozawa, conductor; The Wynton Marsalis Jazz Orchestra; The Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra.

Listening for Clues:
What does it take to enjoy a long piece of music? Wynton Marsalis says, "Learn structure and form, and music unfolds like a story". He then shows us how to identify different forms, moving effortlessly from Prokofiev to Gershwin, Ellington, and Ives.   
Performers: Seiji Ozawa, conductor; The Wynton Marsalis Jazz Orchestra; The Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra.

From Sousa to Satchmo:
Did jazz just happen, or is it part of an older tradition? Wynton Marsalis shows how Sousa's European-style orchestra was transformed into an American band. Once ragtime and raggin' changed its beat, collective improvisation turned it into New Orleans jazz. Rousing performances of Sousa, Joplin, and Armstrong demonstrate this evolution.   
Performers: Seiji Ozawa, conductor; The Liberty Brass Band with Eric Reed, piano; The Tanglewood Music Center Wind Band with Mark Inouye, cornet.

Tackling the Monster:
Does anyone like to practice? Wynton calls it "the large monster". Even the great cellist Yo-Yo Ma confesses he hates it. Fortunately, Wynton has a strategy for slaying this monster. With the help of Yo-Yo, he shows young musicians how to practice new or difficult pieces. Together they play a thrilling jazz improvisation and then finish with a swinging duet of Ellington's Mood Indigo.   
Performers: Yo-Yo Ma, cello; The Wynton Marsalis Jazz Trio with Randall Haywood, trumpet; The Tanglewood Music Center students: Mark Inouye, trumpet; Kari Docter, Julian Hersh, and Jennifer Morsches, cello.


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West Music Store
Purchased the VHS tapes years ago. This is an excellent resource, and I wanted to replace the worn tapes.
Richard G on Apr 11, 2013
Great teaching tool
Carol C on Mar 30, 2012
Great musical examples of The Nutcracker (Tchaikovsky & Ellington) and The Stars and Stripes Forever (Sousa).
Ken O on Feb 11, 2013
I have used this for both elementary & high school. It is great fun! There is no way you can miss the point of each video. Marsalis makes it so very clear. These videos are unique presentations. (I wonder if Leonard Bernstein could handle a basketball "in real time?" (LOL) My old set was VHS & I loaned it out. Time to get it on DVD. A real smart buy! You'll love it!
Carolyn D on Oct 10, 2011

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