Appreciate and understand a wide range of music drawn from different traditions and from great composers
Develop an understanding of the history of music
Ludwig van Beethoven is one of the most famous musicians in this part of the world. Even if you have not heard of him you’ll probably have heard some of his music; it is used by television, radio, cartoons, advertisements… the list goes on! Endless films have borrowed from Beethoven’s creations. Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation, The Lost World: Jurassic Park, X-Men: Apocalypse, Ace Ventura: Pet Detective, George of the Jungle… we could be here a while!
Here is an example of Beethoven’s work. It is an extract from Symphony No. 5 (a symphony is a complex piece of music written to be played by a full orchestra). It’s also known as Beethoven’s “da da da dum” piece. See if you can guess why!
You’ll notice that the piece of music shifts in mood from dramatic to soft and back again! The speed (known as tempo) changes too. This shifting of the music from one mood to another is one of the reasons why Beethoven’s creations are so popular with movies makers. This is because Beethoven’s music can be used for scenes of drama, emotion, action… anything!
Ludwig van Beethoven was born in Germany in 1770. As a boy he began to travel and perform, becoming known as a superb pianist. Later he moved to Vienna (in Austria). Beethoven was a composer of Classical music. However, in 1801 Beethoven began to lose his hearing. By 1817 he was completely deaf. Despite this, he still went on to compose some of the best known pieces of music ever.
Beethoven wasn't the only composer of Classical music. Another famous composer was Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart...
CBBC's All Over The Place explores their work here.
Without Classical the music you listen to today would most likely be very different. Classical music used duration and tempo to great effect, as explained by Beethoven himself (sort of!) on BBC Bitesize here.
Improvise and compose music for a range of purposes
Feeling creative? You are! Excellent, then this is just the thing for you...
Isle Of Tune allows you to create a town built on music! The moving cars play the notes as they pass. You can build and rebuild (Made a mistake? Use the rubber!), creating your own tunes as you go. Make a village... a town... a city...!
You can find Isle Of Tune here.
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