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Bernstein Harvard Lecture I: 'Musical Phonology'
In a series of lectures filmed at Harvard University in 1973, legendary composer and conductor Leonard Bernstein examines music from every age and place in the search for a worldwide, innate musical grammar, using analogies between music and linguistics.
Beginning with monogenesis – the hypothesis of a single, common origin for all languages – Bernstein introduces the harmonic series, using its scientific foundations to make the case that music is a universal language. He explores the balance between diatonic and chromatic pitches, and the expressive qualities of each.
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