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