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7. Bach, Vivaldi, Mozart and Haydn - part 2

Exploring great composers with songs based on some of their most famous melodies.

The tutorial

We hear about some 18th century inventions of the 'Industrial Revolution', such as the ‘Seed drill’, ‘Threshing machine’, ‘Flying shuttle’ and ‘Spinning Jenny’.

Then we travel to Austria in 1788, and London in 1791, where we meet Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Joseph Haydn. We learn two songs, each based on a famous melody by the composers.

Duration: 9' 19"

Song 1: 'The Mozart zigzag song' (vocal)

The melody of the song is from the first movement of Mozart's famous Piano Sonata K545.

Once you have learnt the song using the vocal version you could try singing to the backing track only.

Click here for the backing track version of the song or go to the Clips page.

Duration: 0' 38"

An early 'Spinning Jenny'

Song 2: 'The surprise song' (vocal)

The melody for the song is taken from Haydn's Symphony no 94 - the 'Surprise'.

Once you have learnt the song using the vocal version you could try singing to the backing track only.

Click here for the backing track version of the song or go to the Clips page.

Duration: 0' 34"

Portrait of Joseph Haydn

Listening music

Both Mozart and Haydn (as here) wrote music based on a melody that would become 'Twinkle, twinkle, little star'.

Can the children identify the nursery rhyme?

They will have to wait until a repetition of the phrase before the loud 'surprise' chord.

Duration: 1' 12"