The Royal Scottish National Orchestra and pianist Boris Giltburg perform an excerpt from Sergei Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No.3. The piece is from the Romantic era (around 1780 to 1910). The clip is introduced by violinist Lorna Rough, who discusses what music from the Romantic period means to her. Features the following concepts- romantic, legato, piano, orchestra, pizzicato, arco, concerto.

Use this clip to discuss the role music plays in conveying emotion and different moods. Ask learners to describe how this piece makes them feel. This could be a stimulus to go on to explore the use of music in films. Learners could go on to compose or improvise a short piece of music to convey a mood or feeling to fit with a picture or poem, or they could create a soundtrack to a film clip using a DAW.