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Best of the Best
Art & Music
Artists & Their Works
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MIDI & Sound
Publisher: Zane Publishing
Contains 4 CDs:
Discover how the formal qualities of medieval music resemble the construction of the Gothic cathedral. Visual and musical sequences define the "Age of Faith" that inspired medieval culture. Explore the cultural influence of the Church and the artistic impact of the Gothic style. Listen to excerpts from Gregorian chants and other devotional music. Trace the development of plainchant, harmony, and counterpoint. View the jewel-colored stained glass windows of Notre-Dame de Paris and Chartres cathedrals.
Explore how the art and music of the Renaissance, revealing a timeless symmetry, balance, and proportion, harmoniously mirror Platonic ideals. Gain insight to the humanist spirit of the Renaissance, a momentous era that witnessed the rediscovery of classical antiquity and the development of the chorus, madrigals, and portraiture. See artistic masterpieces by Botticelli, Donatello, Ghiberti, Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, Raphael, and Titian. Listen to excerpts from musical compositions by Dufay, Josquin des Pres, and Praetorius.
Relate the concerti grossi, the orchestral music of Corelli, to the monumental artistic works of Bernini, such as the Scala Regia in the Vatican Palace. Parallel the heightened emotions portrayed in Baroque art to the operatic aria, which debuted in this historic era. Perceive the artistic balance of opposing forces and the compositional interplay of light and shadow. See artistic masterpieces by Bernini, Caravaggio, Rembrandt, and Rubens. Listen to excerpts from renowned musical compositions by Bach, Corelli, Frescobaldi, Handel, Monteverdi, and Purcell.
Travel back to a stimulating era that witnessed the brilliance of Viennese classical composers, the development of the symphony and string quartet, and the grandeur of the Rococo and Neoclassical artistic styles. Visual and musical sequences illustrate the Age of Enlightenment and the Age of Revolution, a turning point encompassing the turbulent years of the French Revolution and Napoleonic Empire. See artistic masterpieces by Boucher, David, Fragonard, Goya, and Houdon. Listen to excerpts from renowned musical compositions by Beethoven, Haydn, and Mozart.
Windows - 486DX/25 with Windows 95 or higher, 8 MB RAM, CD-ROM Drive, SVGA 640x480 256 colors, mouse and sound card recommended.
Mac - 68030+ Mac (256 colors recommended), System 7+, CD-ROM drive (double speed recommended), 8 MB RAM.
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