The Universal History of Everything (musical)

February 23, 2013 at 4:19 am (By Tim) (, )

I’ve been resurrecting old blog posts, finding old media, checking old links, and generally getting ready to start a new music appreciation blog for the Choir School. But what turns up on Facebook, linked by an old acquaintance who’s the Music Program Director of our local public schools?

ESTE (This): La introducción perfecta (en español—pero, si usted no entiende español, ¿qué entiende usted?)

I realize this isn’t the “universal history of music,” but only one view of European-derived music. But that’s fine. It’s from my culture, and very likely the culture of most people who read this. I’m not at all ashamed it doesn’t include Chinese, Persian, or Indian music, not to mention all the other great kinds of music people have dreamt up in every corner of the globe since humans first showed up.

No, I’m not ashamed one little bit.


  1. chickelit said,

    Very nice!

    Great link Tim. I like how during the “rock” portion, some band names appear and then disappear, like shooting stars.

    The time lapse records a single take worthy of Orson Welles’ opening shot in “Touch Of Evil.”

    As for the history–I had a music teacher at Elm Lawn Elementary (Carol Raccoli) who could have used such a teaching tool in the 1960’s. Instead, she methodically brought in vinyl LPs from her personal collection to “illustrate” the different periods. I was paying attention, but not nearly enough so.

  2. mockturtle said,

    Cool! It showed, perhaps unintentionally, the evolution and steep devolution of music. ;-) Not that I lack appreciation of the later musical styles but, face it–you can’t compare Mozart to, say, Pink Floyd.

  3. karen said,

    I watched it w/my 9yr old– and even though we surely missed the nuances- we loved the artist’s work- we were amazed at the illustrations!
    To see the final result of all that hard work was the icing on the cake.
    Thank you.

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