6. Bach, Vivaldi, Mozart and Haydn - part 1

Tutorial: learn the songs 'Listen to the music clock' and 'Seasons change the weather'

The tutorial: learn the songs

We travel to Germany in 1722 to hear Johann Sebastian Bach playing one of his famous harpsichord pieces, which listeners join in with to sing 'Listen to the music clock'.

Then we move forward in time to Italy in 1725, where we hear music from Antonio Vivaldi’s 'The Seasons', which becomes the melody for the song 'Seasons change the weather'.

Song: 'Listen to the music clock'

Song: 'Listen to the music clock' (vocal)
Song: 'Listen to the music clock' (backing)

The song focuses on the rhythm of Bach's Prelude No 1 - like a music clock.

Once you have learnt the song by singing with vocal version polish your performance by singing with the backing track.

Click here for the lyric sheet.

Click here for the music sheet.

Song: 'Seasons change the weather'

Song: 'Seasons change the weather' (vocal)
Song: 'Seasons change the weather' (backing)

The song adopts one of the many famous melodies from Vivaldi's 'Four Seasons'.

Once you have learnt the song by singing with vocal version polish your performance by singing with the backing track.

Click here for the lyric sheet.

Click here for the music sheet.

Listening music

Listen to 'Spring' from 'The Four Seasons' by Antonio Vivaldi, published in 1725.

'Spring' from 'The Four Seasons' by Antonio Vivaldi, published in 1725.

The music is a violin concerto - a piece for solo instrument accompanied by an orchestra.

Can children hear when just two violins are playing together?

Resources

Teacher's Notes
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Meet the famous people
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Lyric sheets for pupils
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Lyrics - Listen to the music clock
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Music -  Listen to the music clock
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Lyrics - Seasons change the weather
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Music - Seasons change the weather
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Johann Sebastian Bach

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