Sounding Beautiful

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It was recently announced that violinist Joshua Bell will be judging the 2014 Miss America Pageant. Bell and the other judges will be looking for poise, confidence and other attributes they (or we) consider beautiful, but certainly their opinions are subjective.

In music, even though its beauty isn't universal, there are particular elements of sound design that seem to universally appreciated. All Ears host Terrance McKnight says that we hear beauty when we hear ourselves, and this week he plays compositions of considerable beauty to the Western psyche.

While listening this week, consider the elements of sound that attract you to music; consider: balance, symmetry, tempo, dynamics, melody, harmony and familiarity.


Robert Schumann: Marchenbilder, Op. 113 (Fairy-Tale Pictures)
Paul Neubauer, viola
Anne-Marie McDermott, piano
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Heitor Villa-Lobos: “Bachianas brasileiras” No. 5: Aria
Manuel Barrueco, guitar
Barbara Hendricks, soprano
Claude Bolling: Baroque In Rhythm
Yo-Yo Ma, cello
Calude Bolling, piano
Dave Brubeck: Strange Meadowlark
John Salmon, piano
Ralph Vaughan Williams: Serenade to Music
London Philharmonic Orchestra
Vernon Handley, conductor
Michael Torke: Music on the Floor
London Sinfonietta
Lothar Zagrosek, conductor
Johannes Brahms: Vier ernste Gesange, Op. 121 (Four Serious Songs)
Marian Anderson, contralto
Franz Rupp, piano