Last week we looked at how an image can inspire a composer to write a piece of music.
This week we are listening to a piece by an English Composer called Vaughan Williams. He wrote it in 1914 at the beginning of the first World War. This was a time of great conflict and uncertainty. Even though there were things going on around him he did not like or could control, he could still see the beauty in nature.
The music tells the tale of a skylark singing an impossibly beautiful, almost heavenly, song.
Watch the clip as Molly Rainford introduces Vaughan Williams’ The Lark Ascending.
I hope you enjoyed listening and learning to sing ‘Somewhere Over the Rainbow‘ last week. Did you work out that the ukulele was the instrument which accompanied the song? It’s looks like a miniature guitar, but has only 4 strings, rather than 6 strings.
This week we are learning about how music can enhance telling a story. In class, a little while ago, we listened to Peter and the Wolf by Prokofiev. Each character in the story is played by a different instrument of the orchestra and has their own repeated melody. Some are very high pitched and others very low.
You can listen to the story again here:
Can you retell one of your a favourite stories? Choose a story with two or three characters and create a little melody or a rhythm, for each character, played on an ‘instrument’. (Remember an instrument can be your voice, your homemade percussion instrument or even some kitchen utensils). Every time the character appears in the story you play their melody or rhythm.
Now retell the story and add in your rhythm or melody for each character. Good luck and have some fun!
You might like to send a recording to your teacher on Seesaw. We love to hear what you have been up to.
Before Easter I asked you to listen to ‘The Great Escape’ by Bernstein, and work out how many beats in a bar. I hope you all managed to count 4 beats in a bar?
Did you show anyone else at home how to conduct?
Thank you for sending photos of some of the instruments you have been making from recycled materials. There were a great variety of drums, shakers and even some cabasa, using plastic netting from fruit punnets and filled with buttons or shells and rocks! I was most impressed!
This week we are looking at rhythms. Using your percussion instrument, play along, following the beats of the bar of the Alligators and Cats song?