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From the inspired invention of the thin red line in musical notation a thousand years ago to the modern electronically delivered music that surrounds us each day, this five-part series examines in detail aspects of the musical world without which Western music, both classical and popular, might not exist as we know it. 5-part series, 51 minutes each.
From pre-Gregorian to postmodern, this series covers the major periods, styles, forms, composers, and works in the entire span of Western music with superb performances and authoritative narration. 16-part series, 58–61 minutes each.
This outstanding 13-part series discusses modern musical instruments in elaborate detail. Each program focuses on a different instrument—its origin, history, how it is made, how it works. Viewers visit factories and watch as expert craftsmen construct each instrument. 13-part series, 28 minutes each.