Michael Tilson Thomas: Music and emotion through time

TED20 apríla, 2022 In this epic overview, Michael Tilson Thomas traces the development of classical music through the development of written notation, the record, and the re-mix.

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(40) comments

  • fromtheptothab20. apríla 2022Odpovedať

    he should take sip of water every now and then…

  • Heather Yuan20. apríla 2022Odpovedať

    Wonderful talk! I got more interested in music, this magical existence

  • Mickle Tickle Tommy!

  • ❤️

  • time to dive in

  • Byabang AD20. apríla 2022Odpovedať

    so refreshing to listen to him again.

  • Adrian Catana20. apríla 2022Odpovedať

    who is this great man ?

  • Yea this sucks

  • Deanna Howard20. apríla 2022Odpovedať

    The bright manager seasonally crawl because illegal differently preserve near a helpful lyric. defiant, cheap shock

  • So much asmr when he talks

  • Halla Abin20. apríla 2022Odpovedať

    Terima kasih banyak….

  • loge this man so talented and diverse!!!! insightful!

  • Sharyl Lawson20. apríla 2022Odpovedať

    Je respecte vraiment cette personne!

  • Sam King20. apríla 2022Odpovedať


  • Mike Collins20. apríla 2022Odpovedať

    17:26 – the man who had heard a piece played by Isaac Stern when he was a small boy, reminded me of a piece that I bought on a 12" LP vinyl record when I was about 20. I was stunned by it and played it several times, then took it to work to lend to a friend who also loved piano music. He enjoyed it greatly, and he gave it back to me the next morning – and I left it in my car for the day, and it got hot in the South African sun, and the record warped. I tried straightening it in the oven, but it was no use. There was no pleasure in playing it with a heavy wow, and I eventually threw it away. As time went on, I forgot its title and even its composer, though I could still play large parts of it in my head. I never heard it again till when I was about 38 years old and living in Paris, it was once played on the music radio station, FIP (France Inter Paris). They didn't give the title, but I listened to it with rapt attention, and noted the time of day, then later called them to ask what had been playing at that time. The guy who answered wasn't the presenter – he must have been the bouncer. He was rude and peremptory, and I could hardly understand what he said, but he said it was a Partita by … who did he say? was it Schumann or Scubert. I wasn't sure.

    As time went on, the Internet was born, and YouTube started to grow in size and resource, and I started to search for the music. I listened to hundreds of pieces by both Schubert and Schumann – and any partitas by other composers (there re lots by Bach – but I knew it was much too romantic for Bach), but I couldn't find it. I could have picked out enough of the melody on a piano (with one finger) for somebody to recognise if they knew the piece, but my search had turned up a void.

    Then I had an idea. I remembered the record cover – it was quite iconic – looking down on a grand piano from above, vertically below on a stage, with a pianist playing it – so I looked for the record cover – and found it! There was a list of the tracks on it, and with the help of YouTube I quickly located the piece, and joy of my life, for the first time in 40 years, I heard it, and was able to identify it and play it at my whim … not Schubert of Schumann, and not a partita, but Chopin's Scherzo No.4 in E major, Op. 54.

    Untold pleasure!

  • Mike Lüke20. apríla 2022Odpovedať

    12min – 12:50 he got it !!!! VOTE vor PRESIDENT

  • Shouya20. apríla 2022Odpovedať

    Did he prepare a script to memorize a high Bb equating to 3729?

  • Roxanne M.20. apríla 2022Odpovedať

    Maybe a glass of lemon water would help.

  • Ashis Samuel20. apríla 2022Odpovedať

    Pop music is just a product 20th century, cheap and productive.
    Like plastic polluting earth.

  • boruzki20. apríla 2022Odpovedať

    mouth de-click please!!!

  • Steven Peralta20. apríla 2022Odpovedať

    Well it just doesn't get better than MTT. His gentle voice guides us through the intricacies of music and emotion in such a satisfying way. I love that this type of educational sharing is available to all of us any time we want. We are so spoiled!!

  • hee20. apríla 2022Odpovedať

    Thank you for this touching lecture. I love his playing Beethoven concerto on the piano.!!

  • Brilliant.

  • Cloyd Bucher20. apríla 2022Odpovedať

    An other aspect of strings is the vibrate according to their long in time but if you make baby star to play a note you will optain a different note the most you go throught time galaxy piano play with harmony ever a different melody and you will discover supernote where there is wave into waves …..

  • Chris Price20. apríla 2022Odpovedať

    9:13 "A powerful and coherent design of ultimate and enduring coolness"

  • Jonathan Hill20. apríla 2022Odpovedať

    MTT is one of the greatest musicians since Bernstein, and a more than worthy successor to him

  • Mars Mission20. apríla 2022Odpovedať

    Ted talk goes ASMR ✨

  • AreaMan20. apríla 2022Odpovedať

    Get this guy some water

  • Nascimento20. apríla 2022Odpovedať

    10:18 teoria das esferas – independência das vozes – polifonia

  • Art Rock20. apríla 2022Odpovedať

    Decent music history but poor music science (see glolabel's comment)

  • Tyler LaChance20. apríla 2022Odpovedať

    This man is a treasure!!!!

  • Lucastraver20. apríla 2022Odpovedať

    My teacher Mr. Lodico sent my class and I and wow, what a fascinating talk!!

  • Junsui J20. apríla 2022Odpovedať

    One thing i have always said throughout my life is “What would our world be like without music? Where would we be? Nowhere, we’d be living in a world of gray, that’s it, just, gray.”

  • Luke Knowles20. apríla 2022Odpovedať

    You, Mr. Thomas, are a teacher expert in engaging and educating. This student for 35 years of music found himself hanging on every word. You have mastered this art of effectively communicating to a large group.

  • ttyuy4545

  • mikilavush20. apríla 2022Odpovedať

    What he does not say is that in this world there is lots of bad and boring music that is emotionally depriving. I am a composer, I am knowledgeable about music and I have listened to all kinds of music, and to my heart, most of those countless pieces of music that I have heard were bad and boring.

  • Baby Irene20. apríla 2022Odpovedať

    It's a crime to make music dull.

  • CtrlAltCookie20. apríla 2022Odpovedať

    pretty elitist sensibilities in this talk, he seems to be pretty negative about modern music

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