Music GCSE: A profile of Beethoven
In this short film Howard Goodall offers a profile of Beethoven and his development from classical composer to romanticism.
Includes extracts from Jan Dussek's Piano Sonata Opus 35, Beethoven’s Pathetique Sonata, Eroica, and Pastoral Symphony.
This short film is from the BBC series, Howard Goodall's Story of Music.
This could be used as part of a composer study.
Ask students to compile a profile on Beethoven, with key dates and examples of compositions.
Students could also include an index of key terms associated with classical music. For example: sonata form, movement, symphony.
Students could also discuss how music is used to express and feelings and emotions.
This short film will be useful for teaching music, particularly in the areas of music history, notation, composition, music theory and understanding styles.