Kids' Commute Michael Thurber: Five Centuries, Five Composers- 1600's

Mar 9, 2015

Take a trip back through the music ages with music buff Michael Thurber, on Kids' Commute!

This week on Kids’ Commute, we’re taking a trip back through the ages with music buff and Interlochen alumus, Michael Thurber! 

Michael is in town this week for his appearance on the NPR Show, From the Top. He’ll be collaborating with Interlochen students to debut his composition, “The Three Musketeers”. This week, Michael will take us through the past five centuries of classical music, focusing on five different composers. Are you ready to take a trip in the music history time machine? Strap yourself in, and let’s go!


Today, we’re highlighting the music for the 1600’s. Jean-Fery Rebel was born in 1666, in Paris, France. He was one of the first people to write for choreographic symphony, which would come to be known as “ballet”. 

Michael also explains the concept of a dissonant chord in music. “It’s got a whole bunch of different notes in it, that are kind of close together. And they have sort of a rub, and sort of a clash, if you will. So a dissonant chord might sound a little more chaotic, or a little more confusing. Or just an emotion that’s not so black and white, like happy or sad.”

Can you picture ballet dancers, dancing to the selected music piece for today’s show!

Music piece for today:
Les Elemens, 1st Movement, Chaos by Jean-Fery Rebel

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