Music GCSE: Howard Goodall's Story of Music
In this series of short films for secondary schools composer Howard Goodall traces the story of music from the ancient world to the modern day.
These short films acknowledge famous composers, including Beethoven, Stravinsky and Haydn.
This series is useful for teaching music lessons, particularly in the areas of music history, notation, composition, music theory and understanding styles.
Notation and melodic movement
How do you write down a melody? In this short film Howard Goodall gives an introduction to early notation and how music was first written down.
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.
Key signatures, equal temperament and the 12-tone tuning system
In this short film Howard Goodall explains the origin of the 12-tone tuning system that has become the foundation of classical and popular western music.
Handel, the pianoforte and oratorio
In this short film Howard Goodall explores 18th century music, the invention of the piano and the establishment of opera as a major art form.
Haydn, symphonies and melodic writing
In this short film Howard Goodall analyses 18th century music, Joseph Haydn' impact on composition, and the rise of the symphony and opera as prominent musical forms.
A profile of Beethoven
In this short film Howard Goodall offers a profile of Beethoven and his development from classical composer to romanticism.
Saint-Saëns and developments in French composition
In this short film Howard Goodall asks how French composers changed the direction of music in the 19th century. Includes a focus on Erik Satie and Gabriel Fauré.
Debussy, world music and impressionism
In this short film Howard Goodall examines Claude Debussy and the transition away from traditional composition methods.
Minimalism and the advance of music technology
In this short film Howard Goodall explores the rise of modern popular music such as hip hop and looks at music technology and sampling.
Stravinsky, Russian music and modernism
In this short film Howard Goodall finds out how Igor Stravinksy's spiky, aggressive, complicated music took the musical establishment by storm in the early 20th century.