BEHIND THE SCENES: MUSIC: MELODY {ALLEN TOUSSAINT} (TV)

Summary

One in this series of educational programs focusing on the visual and performing arts. Hosted by unorthodox magicians Penn & Teller each episode features a guest artist. In this episode, Allen Toussaint helps Penn & Teller to explain what a melody is and how it becomes a musical composition. With the help of three children, Toussaint writes a melody and uses it to create a song. He is then shown recording the finished product with studio musicians. Other highlights in this program include the following: Penn & Teller use magic to explain repetition and variation in musical compostions; animation segments demonstrate what a melody is; the hosts use some of their own musical inventions to explain rests, rhythms, and different melodies; and Bobby McFerrin and Jane Ira Bloom demonstrate musical improvisation.

Acquisition and cataloging of this program was made possible by a grant from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.

Details

  • NETWORK: PBS WNET New York, NY
  • DATE: September 19, 1992
  • RUNNING TIME: 0:28:17
  • COLOR/B&W: Color
  • CATALOG ID: T:32489
  • GENRE: Children's programs
  • SUBJECT HEADING: Children's programs
  • SERIES RUN: PBS - TV series, 1992
  • COMMERCIALS:

CREDITS

  • Jane Garmey … Executive Producer
  • Alice Trillin … Executive Producer
  • Ellen Hovde … Producer, Director
  • Beth Strauss … Associate Producer
  • Vivian Guardino … Associate Producer
  • Muffie Meyer … Producer, Director
  • Amy J. Kaufman … Co-Producer
  • Ed Smith … Director , For "Furry Creature"
  • Ed Koren … Animation, For "Furry Creature"
  • Michael Sporn … Animation, For "Guessing Game", For "Aldo"
  • Caroline Mouris … Animation, For "Carmen"
  • Frank Mouris … Animation, For "Carmen"
  • Robert Libbon … Production (Misc.), Director of Covert Operations, Penn & Teller Sequences
  • Lewis, Kenneth "Krasher" … Production (Misc.), Director of Internal Affairs, Penn & Teller Sequences
  • Penn Jillette … Writer, Host
  • Teller … Writer, Host
  • Michael Bacon … Music by, Melody Medley Music by
  • Sam Cantos … Singer
  • Raymond J. Jalacci … Singer
  • Philip Russo … Singer
  • Phil Tranchese … Singer
  • Bobby McFerrin … Singer
  • Jane Ira Bloom … Instrumentalist, Saxophonist
  • Brian A. Brake … Instrumentalist
  • Frank Canino … Instrumentalist
  • Joel Helleny … Instrumentalist
  • Gary Keller … Instrumentalist
  • Brian Mitchell … Instrumentalist
  • George Naha … Instrumentalist
  • Jordan Sandke … Instrumentalist
  • Erik Friedlander … Instrumentalist
  • Maxine Roach … Instrumentalist
  • Laura Seaton … Instrumentalist
  • Rob Shaw … Instrumentalist
  • Allen Toussaint … Guest
  • Hiawatha III Bradley … Cast, the Whistler
  • Mahar, William J., IV … Cast, the Jeep Driver
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