Greetings!! Today Mr. Severino Presents is going to explore the musical ideas of Melody and Accompaniment. Let’s imagine you lived 1000 years ago!! You get the urge to download some new music for your iPod. The example below is very typical of the music of 1000 years ago.
Listen! ………. What do your think?
1000 years ago music was very different. This music was all melody. All the singers sang the melody together at the same time.
Look at the picture below.
What is the first thing you see in the picture?
What else do you see in this picture?
What we see first makes up the FOREGROUND.
What we see next makes up the BACKGROUND.
Unlike the music of 1000 years ago, the music of our day also has a FOREGROUND and a BACKGROUND.
The FOREGROUND is what our ears hear most easily.
But, if we listen closely we will notice other musical sounds. These other sounds make up the BACKGROUND.
Listen to this song by Franz Schubert. The song is called Hedge Roses. Schubert was a master at composing beautiful melodies.
What do you hear in the FOREGROUND?
What do you hear in the BACKGROUND?
What instrument is in the FOREGROUND?
What instrument in is the BACKGROUND?
If you would like, you can download and print out a picture of The Old Man In Front of A Window by clicking on the green hypertext. Color the picture and while you color the picture think about the foreground and background of the picture. Also, while coloring the picture listen again by clicking on the link below to SCHUBERT’S Heidensoslein (Hedge Roses) and see if you can spot the foreground and background in the music.
Now let’s listen to the same song in a video where we can both see and hear these differences.
When you now listen to music try to see if you can spot melodies and accompaniments. The more you practice the easier it will become.
Thanks for participating in Mr. Severino Presents. ‘TILL NEXT TIME — KEEP PRACTICING!!