Music GCSE: Mozart, melodic writing and the symphony

The symphony is introduced with a short profile of Haydn and his influence on Mozart and Beethoven.

Howard Goodall presents an example of Mozart’s melodic writing using the notes of the C triad.

Mozart’s music in context to the time and the work of other artists is discussed with examples.

The development of the career of a composer is discussed.

This clip is from the series Howard Goodall's Story of Music.

Teacher Notes

Students working in pairs could create a melodic composition based on tonic and dominant triads, in the first instance, beginning each phrase on a different note of the triad and developing the melodic line using passing and auxiliary notes.

Students can then analyse the melodic writing in a section of a Mozart symphony.

Curriculum Notes

This topic is relevant to, GCSE, AS Level and Higher Music in the areas of history of music, composition, and understanding styles.

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