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Listen to Aaron Copland's -  Appalachian Spring: Variations on a Shaker Tune


This music makes use of a very old tune. The tune is played many times in different ways. Sometimes quietly, sometimes loud. Sometimes fast, sometimes slow. How many times can you hear the tune repeated?

Listen to Johann Sebastian Bach's - Brandenburg Concerto No2, Movement/Part 1  - by clicking on the link above.


The Second Brandenburg is the only one of the six that has trumpets in it. Well ... one trumpet. Trumpet, oboe, flute/recorder and violin are the soloists in this concerto — a bit strange since all those instruments are more or less in the same range, but it works. 


Question - Can you hear the trumpet?

Listen to  Symphony No. 94, "Surprise" by clicking on the word Haydn above.


Why do you think this symphony was called, 'Surprise'?

Where was Haydn born?

Which famous family did he work for?

Haydn wrote many symphonies - try to find out how many he wrote?

Listen to  Piano Sonata No. 11 in A: Turkish Rondo by clicking on the word Mozart above.


Where was Mozart born?

What instruments could he play as a child?

How old was he when he died?


The structure of the music is ABCDECABC+coda with each section (except the coda) repeated twice.


Can you hear all these sections?