Music GCSE: Harmony, dissonance and an introduction to opera
Howard Goodall looks into the development of harmony using dissonance and the early days of opera.
Monteverdi’s madrigals and the opera 'L’Orfeo' are used to demonstrate unrelated chords and dissonance.
L'Orfeo was one of the first major operas. Monteverdi is scene as one of the key composers who founded the Baroque period in music.
This clip is from the series Howard Goodall's Story of Music.
Encourage students to try transposing simple tunes into difference keys. What difference does it make?
Look at different instruments and the different keys they play in (violin in C, trumpet in Bb).
Set students the task of transposing a small piece of music from C to Bb.
Reflect on different playing techniques and capabilities of each instrument.
This topic is relevant to, GCSE, AS Level and Higher Music in the areas of notation, history of music, composition, and understanding styles.