KEY STAGE 1- Lesson 3

LESSON 3

IT’S ALL ABOUT THE MUSIC! (60 mins) Listen, Watch and Move 

INTRODUCTION:  

In the previous lessons, you have heard music by composer Max Richter.  He composed this music in 2012.

However, there is another version of this piece written in 1723 – 289 years earlier!  The composer, is called Antonio Vivaldi.  

Fun facts about Vivaldi:

  • He was born in 1678.  342 years ago.
  • He was a very good violin player, like his father 
  • He wrote over 800 pieces of music
  • He had 5 brothers and sisters
  • He had bright red hair
  • The work you are going to listen to is one of his most famous pieces

Here is a picture of a violin, a member of the STRING INSTRUMENT FAMILY.  The Violin is the SMALLEST of the family and makes the HIGHEST sound and you will hear it a lot in the following clips.  

WATCH, LISTEN AND DISCUSS:

This is the season of Summer.  This music tells the story of a summer thunderstorm.  Can you hear it?  

  1. Watch violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter play Vivaldi’s original music for Summer:

What do you think of this?

  1. Now, let’s listen to the Max Richter’s version of Summer:

What do you think of this?  

  1. What instruments can you hear the most in both works? 
  1. Do you play this instrument, or do you know anyone who does?
  1. Can you hear some of the same musical themes? 
  1. Do you have a favourite?  

WATCH: 

  1. In this clip, you will see dancers from New English Ballet Theatre doing their ballet exercises at home to the summer thunderstorm music.  (5.5 mins)

CREATE: 

Dance! 

  1. Hopefully the dancers inspired you to move!  Find a space in the room, and respond physically, making up your own dance to Vivaldi’s thunderstorm music. 

Paint or Sketch:

  1. Create your own picture of a violin, the lead instrument in both pieces of music.  Don’t forget that to play a violin, you need a bow!  

NEBT would love to receive photos of your artwork to display on our social media. Please photograph and send to development@nebt.co.uk and we will share a selection on our Instagram and Facebook page. 

To see the full 40 minute ballet of The Four Seasons by choreographerJenna Lee, click here: