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6. Bach, Vivaldi, Mozart and Haydn - part 1

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

The tutorial

We travel to Germany in 1722 to hear Johann Sebastian Bach playing one of his famous harpsichord pieces, which listeners join in with to sing 'Listen to the music clock'.

Then we move forward in time to Italy in 1725, where we hear music from Antonio Vivaldi’s 'The Seasons', which becomes the melody for the song 'Seasons change the weather'.

Duration: 10'45"

Song 1: 'Listen to the music clock' (vocal)

The song focuses on the rhythm of Bach's Prelude No 1 - like a music clock.

When you have learnt the song using the vocal version you could try sing to the backing track only.

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

Duration: 1' 41"

Johann Sebastian Bach

Song 2: 'Seasons change the weather' (vocal)

The song adopts one of the many famous melodies from Vivaldi's 'Four Seasons'.

When 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: 1' 05"

Antonio Vivaldi

Listening music

'Spring' from 'The Four Seasons' by Antonio Vivaldi, published in 1725.

The music is a violin concerto - a piece for solo instrument accompanied by an orchestra.

Can children hear when just two violins are playing together?

Duration: 1' 00"

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