A master at playing the sitar, Ravi Shankar, also composed the music for the soundtrack of "Gandi". According to Shankar, there are 72 scales in Indian music and when he plays music, 90% of it is improvisation. Younger people became interested in playing the instrument after Shankar announced he was teaching George Harrison of the Beatles how to play the sitar. There is an excerpt of an interview with Shankar from 22 years ago, to the date of this program.
Oscar Ghiglia discusses studying under Andres Segovia and reviews different types of guitars and composers through history, including Weiss, Villa-Lobos, and Scarlatti. Music is played throughout: "Prelude, Fugue and Allegro in E-Flat Major, BWV 998 (Arr. for Guitar) : I. Prelude" composed by J.S. Bach, "Canarios (Air De Danse)","La Maja De Goya", "Fantasia in E-Minor" composed by S.L. Weiss, "Five Preludes, W. 419: No. 1 in E Minor (Andantino expressivo)" composed by Heitor Villa-Lobos, "Sonata In G, L.79" composed by Domenico Scarlatti, and "Tarantella, Op.
Interviewing Giora Feidman, an Argentinian clarinetist who specializes in the klezmer musical tradition.
Fela Sowande discusses his career, music, and compares African culture and music to Western culture and music. Includes two songs that are sung by tenor Max Worthley. Includes a clip of a Nigerian Youth song. Includes performance by a Nigerian skiffle band. Sowande was inspired by [Anthony Gregascoigne], an English poet he met in England.
Fela Sowande discusses his career, different types of Nigerian and African music, the Yoruba people, and religion. Includes clips of an African Yoruba pagan hymn "Oyigiyigi," a Christian version of that hymn, and an organ version of that hymn. Includes Sowande's song "Roll de Ol' Chariot." Quotes a poem by [Anthony Gregascoigne], an English poet he met in England.
Fela Sowande discusses his career, Nigerian music, and compares African culture and Western culture. Includes clips of musical performances by Highlife musicians and orchestra. Music: A clip of high-life music, "Folk Symphony for Full Orchestra."
Enrique Arias and Studs Terkel explore music from Colonial Latin American and discuss an upcoming concert featuring music from the opera “La Purpura de la Rosa.”
Eppler plays the cimbalom, an instrument descended from the hand-held hammered dulcimer found in Eastern Europe.
Studs Terkel discusses the Chicago Children's Choir with the director and founder, Christopher Moore. They discuss the following: how to produce the sound; training units; patience; age spread; sing-a-long; child vs. adult projects; and various types of heritage music that makes up their repertoire. The following musical excerpts are presented: "Dark Winter Days"; "Angels and Shepherds"; "Illinois"; and "Go Tell It on the Mountain".
Terkel comments and presents the music of Chanticleer, an acapella ensemble, comprised of 12 all male voices. Chanticleer discusses the following: the group vocal composition; the groups history; various recordings; and their influences. Chanticleer performs the following songs live on air: "Benedicamus Domino", "If Ye Love Me", "O Sacrum Convivium", "Nude Descending a Staircase", "When I Fall in Love", "Jesus Met the Woman at the Well", and "Magnificat a 12".