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Description

An orchestra performs 'Appalachian Spring' by Aaron Copland. We see the work of the conductor and the various parts of the orchestra (strings, woodwind, piano) playing.
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First broadcast:
11 June 2007

Classroom Ideas

This clip can be used when looking at the mood a piece of music is creating. Perhaps cover up the title and show the clip to the children and help them to explore the mood of the piece. What kind of images does the music evoke in the children's imagination? Invite them to classify the music - could it be contemporary? Could it be folk music or inspired by folk music? If it was about a season, what season could it be? Then perhaps show them the title and ask them to listen to the music again. Do the images now change with the knowledge the composer is writing about a specific Northern American landscape in the spring? You could show them pictures of landscapes in different seasons, including the Appalachian Mountains in the Spring and ask the children which of the images might have inspired this piece of music. Do the children think the music is describing the image accurately?

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