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2 Music Documentaries - Moods & Music, On How Mental Illness, Emotional Instability And Creative Genius Intertwine In The Life And Work Of The Great Musical Composers; And Code & Cypher: The Secret Language Of Music, About The Coded Messages Hidden In Music By The Great Classic Composers And How Such Skills Were Utilized By Allied Codebreakers During World War II - Presented In The Highest DVD Quality MPG Video Format Of 9.1 MBPS In All Regions DVD Format!
MOODS & MUSIC (60 Minutes, Color, 1989)
Hosts Louis Jourdan and John Julius Norwich explore the mysteries of the human psyche's creative genius and how it related to the troubled inner life and mood disorders of the great classical music composers Handel, Schumann, Wolf and Berlioz. Hand in hand along this musical journey go the understanding observations of UCLA Professor of Music Robert Winter, psychological analyses by Dr. Kay Jamison and the findings of genetic research provided by Dr. Ray DePaulo, Jr., both from The Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, as well as insights provided by Dr. Frederick Goodwin of The Alcohol, Drug Abuse and Mental Health Administration, and Dr. Paula Clayton of the University of Minnesota. A multitude of musical excerpts are provided by the National Symphony Orchestra conducted by Rafael Frubeck de Burgos and Mezzo Soprano Ruby Hinds, and the Washington Bach Concert Chorus directed by Dr. J. Reilly Lewis. A perceptive inquiry into the origin and nature mental/emotional disorders and their effects on the creative musical impulse.
CODE & CYPHER: THE SECRET LANGUAGE OF MUSIC (45 Minutes, Color, 1989)
Host Dr. Eric Sams was just 17 years old when in a bunker deep under White Hall he applied for and got a secret job breaking German codes for the British during World War II. When interviewed, he was asked 3 questions: Do you play chess, do you like crossword puzzles and can you read music? As Dr. Sams says, "they all share the same interlocking patterns of rank and file, across and down, melody and harmony; and if you're trying to break a cypher, you're continually looking for just such patterns". Throughout music history, coded messages have been inserted by composers in order to conceal messages of thanks, of grief, the name or initials of a loved one or the composer. Some composers relied upon it, like Shostakovich, Schumann and Elgar. Dr. Sams guides us through the triumphs and torments of these composers and their music, plays and explains representative pieces himself on piano, and excerpts of coded works are performed by the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra. A very illuminating journey into the hows and whys of hidden messages in classical music.