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.

More from Play On!

Jameela Jamil on 'Fanfare for the Common Man' by Aaron Copland
video
Dan Starkey on 'Night on the Bare Mountain' by Mussorgsky
video
Khalil Madovi on 'Short Ride in a Fast Machine' by John Adams
video
Dev Griffin on 'HandsFree' by Anna Meredith
video
Martin Dougan on 'Zadok the Priest' by George Frideric Handel
video
Barney Harwood on 'Beethoven's 5th Symphony'
video
Katie Melua on 'Mars, the Bringer of War' by Gustav Holst
video
Myleene Klass on 'The Four Seasons' by Antonio Vivaldi
video
Dionne Bromfield on 'Rhapsody in Blue' by George Gershwin
video