This lecture discusses melody and aesthetics; Professor Wright raises the question of what makes a melody beautiful, and uses excerpts from Puccini's Gianni Schicchi, Wagner's Tristan and Isolde and Mozart's Marriage of Figaro to explore this issue. Throughout the discussion, the foundations of classical phrase-structure and harmonic progressions are used to explain some of the choices these three composers made.
00:00 - Chapter 1. What Makes a Melody Beautiful? 05:39 - Chapter 2. Puccini's Gianni Schicchi: Cadences and Sequences 13:27 - Chapter 3. Wagner's Tristan and Isolde: Exploring Melodic Ascents and Descents 32:17 - Chapter 4. Mozart's Marriage of Figaro: Melodic Sequence Analysis