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"There are a number of ways—ballet, underscoring, choral devices, and so on—but the most common technique for telling your story musically is the recitative, or recitativo, a word which you certainly know as somehow associated with opera, but perhaps are a bit foggy about. What is this recitative, anyway?"

"What we're trying for is a high overview of musical development in terms of a vocabulary constantly being enriched by more and more remote and chromatic overtones. It's as if we could see the whole of music developing from prehistory to the present, in two minutes."

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