Music KS3 / GCSE: Martin Dougan on 'Zadok the Priest' by George Frideric Handel

Presenter Martin Dougan highlights his passion for 'Zadok the Priest' by George Frideric Handel.

He talks about why it is his favourite piece of classical music and why he loves music of this genre.

Martin explains the historical background of 'Zadok the Priest' and why he feels that it is relevant to him.

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

Teacher Notes

Martin Dougan explains how this celebratory, anthemic piece creates its effect by using specific musical devices, which he identifies.

Use this as a basis for some analysis of other music written for special events.

What are the musical features that makes a given piece of music suitable for the event it is supporting?

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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