Music GCSE: Haydn, symphonies and melodic writing
Howard Goodall explores the culture of 18th century Europe and sees how Joseph Haydn rose to prominence as one of the major composers of the era.
The simplicity, elegance and function of the music of composers such as Haydn, Mozart and Beethoven is studied with analysis of the primary chords and examples of notated score showing their use of blocks of chords.
Further analysis of Haydn’s symphony and melodic writing demonstrates the form and structure of his work.
This clip is from the series Howard Goodall's Story of Music.
Using three colours for tonic (l), sub-dominant (lV), and dominant (V) chords, colour in and then analyse the use of these primary triads in a piece of music, either from a symphony, or a piece of popular music.
Can the students identify from this how harmonic rhythm can be faster or slower?
This topic is relevant to GCSE, AS Level and Higher Music in the areas of Romanticism, Music History and Understanding styles.