Music KS3 / GCSE: Katie Melua on 'Mars, the Bringer of War' by Gustav Holst

Katie Melua explains why 'Mars, the Bringer of War' from Gustav Holst’s Planet Suite is her favourite piece of classical music.

She explains how the movement captures her imagination and describes some of the images the piece conjures in her mind.

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

Teacher Notes

This short film could be used when studying 20th Century Music.

Students could listen to Mars and write down how it makes them feel.

They could also listen to Venus and analyse and compare the two pieces.

Students could also use this short film during a Film Music composition topic.

Students could be given a theme or scene and be set the challenge of composing to the given brief.

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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