Music KS3 / GCSE: Danielle Peazer on 'Dance of the Knights' by Sergei Prokofiev

Dancer Danielle Peazer explains her love of 'Dance of the Knights' by Sergei Prokofiev, explaining why it is her favourite piece of classical music, how it captured her imagination and why she loves music of this genre.

Danielle explains some of the historical context of this amazing music, coming from Prokofiev's ballet 'Romeo and Juliet', based on the Shakespeare play.

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

Teacher Notes

In discussion groups, challenge students to come up with three explanations as to how Prokofiev's music evokes the respective moods of the Montague and Capulet families.

What makes it a good choice of music for 'The Apprentice' TV series?

Organise students to work individually or in pairs, either using computer software or creating with live instruments.

Take a minor key and create a bass riff that accents beats one and three.

Build up a 'jumpy' melody on the students' chosen minor chord.

This can be developed by adding further chords, and extending the melody.

Consider choices of instruments and the overall mood of the piece.

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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