Music GCSE: Saint-Saëns and developments in French composition
In this short film Howard Goodall asks how French composers changed the direction of music in the 19th century. Includes a focus on Erik Satie and Gabriel Fauré.
French composers such as Camille Saint-Saëns, César Franck, Gabriel Fauré, Erik Satie and Charles-Marie Widor brought in fresh developments that contrasted with the long, powerful and complex works of the great German composer Richard Wagner.
Goodall also looks at the revival of Bach at this time.
Features excerpts from Pavane by Fauré, Organ Symphony No. 5 by Windor and Gymnopédie No.1 by Satie.
This short film is from the BBC series, Howard Goodall's Story of Music.
This short film might help your students' understanding of compositional techniques when writing for the piano and organ.
Ask students to compare the music by the different composers mentioned in the clip and analyse their differences and similarities.
They could also think about why so many of these musical works are still popular and widely used today.
This short film will be useful for teaching music, particularly in the areas of music history, notation, composition, music theory and understanding styles.