The Other Banana
The Other Banana
Dec 23, 2020
Ilaiyaraaja : A Musical Movement (5)
Play • 1 hr 17 min

This episode begins to pull back the curtain on how Raaja uses his training in Western Classical Music. What do the frameworks he learnt there provide him? How does he employ them in his music? We go western classical in this episode!

Topics covered:

Melody and its key structural features

Why grasp of melodic structure is critical to constructing a countrapuntal texture

Contrapuntal theory and use in Ilaiyaraaja's music

Instrumentation and the classical guitar

What it means to really use classical guitar (Tremolo/Arpeggio/Polyphonic Texture) and manifestations in Ilaiyaraaja songs



Bala Chidambaram

Video Clippings:

Violin Prabhakar

Raaja explains Counterpoint

Poonthalirada by Rohan Skanda

Ilaiyaraaja Musical References:

Poonkattinodum prelude 

Poove Ilaya Poove



Mugilo Megamo



Nilave Vaa

Siriya Paravai

Ninaivo oru paravai

Vaa Vaa Manjal Malare

Devanin Kovil

En Kanmani

Intha Maan 

Appa Theme

Poove Sempoove

Malliga Mottu Manasa

Azhagarsamiyin Kuthirai

Ennulle Ennulle

Unna Nenachu (Psycho)

Vetri Vizha

Other Musical References:

Brandeburg concerto 5

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