Music GCSE: Harmony, dissonance and an introduction to opera
In this short film Howard Goodall looks at the importance of Claudio Monteverdi, the 16th century composer who introduced more emotive, dissonant harmonies.
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 seen as one of the key composers who founded the Baroque period in music.
This short film is from the BBC series, Howard Goodall's Story of Music.
Encourage your 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 (e.g. 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 the capabilities of each instrument.
This short film will be useful for teaching music, particularly in the areas of music history, notation, composition, music theory and understanding styles.