7. Bach, Vivaldi, Mozart and Haydn - part 2

Tutorial: learn the 'Mozart zig-zag song' and 'The surprise song'

The tutorial: learn the songs

We hear about some 18th century inventions of the 'Industrial Revolution', such as the ‘Seed drill’, ‘Threshing machine’, ‘Flying shuttle’ and ‘Spinning Jenny’.

Then we travel to Austria in 1788, and London in 1791, where we meet Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Joseph Haydn. We learn two songs, each based on a famous melody by the composers.

Song: 'The Mozart zigzag song'

Song: 'The Mozart zig-zag song' (vocal)
Song: 'The Mozart zig-zag song' (backing)

The melody of the song is from the first movement of Mozart's famous Piano Sonata K545.

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: 'The surprise song'

Song: 'The surprise song' (vocal)
Song: 'The surprise song' (backing)

The melody for the song is taken from Haydn's Symphony no 94 - the 'Surprise'.

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 'Symphony No. 94' by Joseph Haydn, published in 1791.

Both Mozart and Haydn (as here) wrote music based on a melody that would become 'Twinkle, twinkle, little star'.

Can the children identify the nursery rhyme?

They will have to wait until a repetition of the phrase before the loud 'surprise' chord.

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 - The Mozart zig-zag song
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Music - The Mozart zig-zag song
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Lyrics - The surprise song
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Music - The surprise song
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An early 'Spinning Jenny'
Portrait of Joseph Haydn

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