Music GCSE: Harmony, intervals, triads and cadences
In this short film Howard Goodall looks at the late medieval period and the development of harmony by composers such as John Dunstaple.
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 short film is from the BBC series, Howard Goodall's Story of Music.
Play the chords I, IV and V, and see if your 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 short film will be useful for teaching music, particularly in the areas of music history, notation, composition, music theory and understanding styles.