Music KS3 / GCSE: Myleene Klass on Vivaldi's Four Seasons

Myleene Klass explains why 'The Four Seasons' by Antonio Vivaldi is her favourite piece of classical music.

She explains how the concertos capture 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 can be used to illustrate the work of Antonio Vivaldi, and to encourage students to explore and develop their own taste in classical music.

Students could listen to ‘The Four Seasons’ in full and explore their own interpretation of the story being told.

Provide each student with a large sheet of paper, around A2 in size, and fold this into 6 or 8 sections.

As students listen to the music they could draw or paint the image created in their mind.

When the music changes and a new image is created, they could move onto the next section of their paper.

Once the music is complete, students should have a piece of artwork depicting all of the different moods and stories created by the music.

They could share these with class and discuss the differences in their interpretations.

Play students a short extract from each movement of Vivaldi's 'Four Seasons' and see if they can identify the seasons correctly, giving reasons for their choices.

Apply this detective work principle to other pieces of music, for example, Holst's 'The Planets'.

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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