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An Old Man In Front of A WindowLook at this picture.  What do you see?  Most people would say I see an old man.  If that was your answer you are absolutely correct.

But is that ALL that we see?  What else do we see?  Do you also see the window in back of the old man?  YES!  This picture also contains a window behind the old man.

This picture teaches us about FRONT and BACK.  The old man is in the front of the picture.  The window is in the back of the picture.

Music also has a front and a back.

What we see first in the picture we can call the FOREGROUND.

What we see next in the picture we can call the BACKGROUND.

Music 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.

Let’s now listen to a piece of music to find the FOREGROUND and the BACKGROUND.  Let’s listen to a song by the famous composer Franz Schubert.  Franz Schubert lived 200 years ago when the United States was a very young nation.  George Washington could have seen Franz Schubert as a little baby had they lived in the same nation.  Franz Schubert was born in Austria, one of the nations of Europe.

Franz Schubert composed beautiful songs with beautiful melodies.  The song we are going to listen to is called Hedge-Roses.  Let’s listen!

What did you hear FIRST?  What was in the FRONT or in the FOREGROUND?  Did you hear the singer?

But, upon listening a little closer did you hear a different musical instrument?  Did you hear an instrument that was in the BACK, or BACKGROUND?  Did you hear the piano?

This song by Franz Schubert has a FRONT and a BACK just like the picture of — An Old Man in Front of A Window.

The next time you listen to music listen for FRONT and BACK.  Listen for the FOREGROUND part and the BACKGROUND part.  This will help you to listen to music better and you will enjoy it more.  Learn to be a GOOD LISTENER!!

Thanks for listening to MR SEVERINO PRESENTS — An Old Man in Front of a Window   and until next time — KEEP PRACTICING!!

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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.

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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 RosesSchubert 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 TIMEKEEP PRACTICING!!

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