Introduction: "The Sound of a Hall" (03:50)
Philharmonic Hall at Lincoln Center is the new location for "Young People's Concerts." Concert venues must be scientifically planned to provide the best acoustics.
"The Roman Carnival Overture" (08:28)
Leonard Bernstein conducts the New York Philharmonic in Hector Berlioz's composition.
Explanation of Acoustics (07:42)
Music is comprised of vibrations or sound waves. Architects design concert halls to have a reverberation time of two seconds. Bernstein describes the physics behind acoustics and provides examples using "The Roman Carnival Overture."
"The Little Horses" (03:30)
Shirley Verrett-Carter sings the piece adapted by Aaron Copland. Bernstein conducts the New York Philharmonic.
Issues with Construction (02:27)
Bernstein describes how architects, acousticians, and musicologists solved problems with the Philharmonic Hall. Audience members absorb sound waves.
"Concerto for Four Violins": I. (05:24)
John Corigliano, Frank Gullino, Joseph Bernstein, and William Dembinsky perform solo violin pieces in the Antonio Vivaldi composition. Bernstein conducts the New York Philharmonic.
"Tango Pasodoble" from "Facade" (04:26)
Orchestras need to clearly hear the other instruments. This composition includes cellos, flutes, a clarinet, trumpets, a saxophone, and drums. Bernstein performs the speaking role in the William Walton composition.
Overture 1812 (15:15)
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky's composition tests the dynamic range and acoustics of the Philharmonic Hall. Bernstein conducts the New York Philharmonic.
Credits: The Sounds of a Hall (01:09)
Credits: The Sounds of a Hall
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