It’s all about the extra-musical influences that inspired Vivaldi while he composed “The Four Seasons”, in particular sonnets which often appear at the beginning of the score.
No dry harmony study here – activities in composing, performing, score-reading, listening…as well as analysis to help you get to grips with some of Vivaldi’s harmonic delectations.
Here’s a selection of activities to not only help you become more familiar with Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons, but also to hone some of your own composing skills at the same time.
Clap the pulse, clap the rhythm, make up your own rhythms that add up to 4 beats. The musical genius Mozart will help us!
With waving and petals and bowing and clapping, let’s welcome the Queen Of Sheba to our school…and while we’re at it, let’s pretend to be her and her courtiers as well!
Sleeping potions, storms, scary forests, warriors riding their horses through the skies, fiery mountains – they all need music composing for them. Wagner’s had a go: now it’s your turn!
It’s all about singing a dramatic and rhythmic song in a language other than English, which makes you listen so very intently.
Let’s adopt the saltarello dancing position and skip, leap and spin ourselves into a celebratory mood with Mendelssohn’s Italian Symphony.
Have a go at playing a simple melody and then compose some variations on that melody, then you too can be like Edvard Grieg and his King of the Dwarfs.
Let’s compose an exaltation of larks and other birds by listening to Vaughan Williams’ music and also by doing a spot of bird-watching of our own.