Music KS3 / GCSE: Barney Harwood on Beethoven's 5th Symphony

Former Blue Peter presenter Barney Harwood explains why 'Symphony No.5' by Ludwig Van Beethoven is his favourite piece of classical music.

He explains how the fanfare captures his imagination and describes some of the images the piece conjures in his mind.

This short film is from the BBC series, Play On!

Teacher Notes

This short film can be used to illustrate the work of Ludwig Van Beethoven, and to encourage students to explore and develop their own taste in classical music.

Students could listen to ‘Symphony No.5’ in full and explore Barney’s idea that the music describes a dance-off between two men.

Ask students to write down and evaluate to the many different emotions Beethoven's Symphony No.5 contains.

The use of emotion, drama, suspense and surprise in music can then be explored in other orchestral works with students comparing and contrasting.

Curriculum Notes

This short film will be relevant for teaching music at KS3 and KS4/GCSE in England, Wales and Northern Ireland and National 4 and National 5 in Scotland.

It appears in OCR, Edexcel, AQA, WJEC CCEA and SQA.

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