Music KS3 / GCSE: Dan Starkey on 'Night on the Bare Mountain' by Mussorgsky

Actor Dan Starkey, of 'Doctor Who' and 'Wizards vs Aliens', talks about his love for 'Night on the Bare Mountain' by Modest Mussorgsky.

He reveals why it is his favourite piece of classical music and how it captured his imagination.

Dan puts the music into its historical context, explaining how music like this takes him to places that he has never been to before.

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

Teacher Notes

Using the score of Mussorgsky's 'Night on the Bare Mountain', students could try to spot for themselves some of the programmatic elements used.

It would be useful to have a recording to listen to at the same time.

Students could also discuss whether they agree with the interpretation described in this short film.

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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