Music GCSE: Harmony, intervals, triads and cadences
Howard Goodall shows the importance of the discovery of triads for the development of music.
We look at examples of the medieval era and see early combinations of octaves, perfect fourths and perfect fifths, with choral examples such as Gaudete.
We see how John Dunstaple was a key figure in the shift to more varied harmonies, introducing major and minor thirds, triads and cadences.
Includes extracts from Gaudete, John Dunstaple, Morning Has Broken and Amazing Grace.
This clip is from the series Howard Goodall's Story of Music.
Play the chords I, IV and V, and see if students can think of popular songs which use this progression. How have the chords have been used to structure the song?
Ask students to develop their own four chord composition.
This topic is relevant to, GCSE, AS Level and Higher Music in the areas of notation, history of music, composition, and understanding styles.