All children as part of the music curriculum here at Holy Family are encouraged to widen their music listening knowledge.
Each week children will be introduced to a new piece of music and a new composer.
They will be discussing the different styles and genres of music and identifying instruments, rhythms, mood and dynamics.
Please encourage your child to listen to these pieces of music at home and even explore other compositions the weekly composer has produced.
The Swan from Carnival of the Animals
by Saint Saens
Le cygne, or The Swan, is the 13th and penultimate movement of The Carnival of the Animals by Camille Saint-Saëns. Originally scored for solo cello accompanied by two pianos, it has been arranged and transcribed for many instruments but remains best known as a cello solo.
Symphony No. 40 in G minor, K. 550 was written by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart in 1788. It is sometimes referred to as the "Great G minor symphony", to distinguish it from the "Little G minor symphony", No. 25. The two are the only extant minor key symphonies Mozart wrote.
The date of completion of this symphony is known exactly, since Mozart in his mature years kept a full catalog of his completed works; he entered the 40th Symphony into it on 25 July 1788. Work on the symphony occupied an exceptionally productive period of just a few weeks during which time he also completed the 39th and 41st symphonies (26 June and 10 August, respectively). Nikolaus Harnoncourt conjectured that Mozart composed the three symphonies as a unified work, pointing, among other things, to the fact that the Symphony No. 40, as the middle work, has no introduction (unlike No. 39) and does not have a finale of the scale of No. 41's.
The 40th symphony exists in two versions, differing primarily in that one includes parts for a pair of clarinets (with suitable adjustments made in the other wind parts). Most likely, the clarinet parts were added in a revised version. The autograph scores of both versions were acquired in the 1860s by Johannes Brahms, who later donated the manuscripts to the Gesellschaft der Musikfreunde in Vienna, where they reside today.
Moonlight Sonata, byname of Piano Sonata No. 14 in C-sharp Minor, Op. 27, No. 2: Sonata quasi una fantasia, solo piano work by Ludwig van Beethoven, admired particularly for its mysterious, gently arpeggiated, and seemingly improvised first movement. The piece was completed in 1801, published the following year, and premiered by the composer himself, whose hearing was still adequate but already deteriorating at the time. The nickname Moonlight Sonata traces to the 1830s, when German Romantic poet Ludwig Relisted published a review in which he likened the first movement of the piece to a boat floating in the moonlight on Switzerland’s Lake Lucerne. Beethoven dedicated the work to Countess Giulietta Guicciardi, a 16-year-old aristocrat who was his student for a short time.
- Antonio Vivaldi was taught to play the violin by his father and they regularly performed together in Venice.
- After training as a priest Vivaldi soon switched to teaching the violin to girls at an orphanage in Venice, where part of his job was to compose music for them to play.
- No one could accuse Vivaldi of being workshy – he composed 500 concertos (for instruments like the violin, mandolin, flute and cello), 46 operas and many other works, including the beautiful choral piece Gloria.
- Although his compositions were very influential in Europe during his lifetime, after his death Vivaldi’s music fell out of fashion and many manuscripts were believed lost. Thankfully, in the early 20th century, Vivaldi’s work – including The Four Seasons in the version we know today – began to be re-discovered.
- Each of the four concertos gives the violin a chance to conjure up sounds and pictures from each period of the year, from barking dogs and mosquitos, to summer storms and birds happily singing the arrival of spring.
- Vivaldi published a sonnet to accompany each of the seasons (although there is some debate over whether Vivaldi wrote them) and they offer a wonderful guide to the musical stories he weaves with his orchestra.
- In the first movement of ‘Winter’ Vivaldi brilliantly conveys the biting cold, gusting wind, trembling bodies, and chattering teeth on his beloved violin.
Franz Schubert's Symphony No. 8 in B minor, D 759 (sometimes renumbered as Symphony No. 7, in accordance with the revised Deutsch catalogue and the Neue Schubert-Ausgabe), commonly known as the Unfinished Symphony (German: Unvollendete), is a musical composition that Schubert started in 1822 but left with only two movements—though he lived for another six years. A scherzo, nearly completed in piano score but with only two pages orchestrated, also survives.
It has been theorized by some musicologists, including Brian Newbould, that Schubert may have sketched a finale that instead became the big B minor entr'acte from his incidental music to Rosamunde, but all evidence for this is circumstantial. One possible reason for Schubert's leaving the symphony incomplete is the predominance of the same meter (triple meter). The first movement is in 3
4, the second in 3
8 and the third (an incomplete scherzo) again in 3
4. Three consecutive movements in basically the same meter rarely occur in symphonies, sonatas, or chamber works of the most important Viennese composers.
Schubert's Eighth Symphony is sometimes called the first Romantic symphony due to its emphasis on the lyrical impulse within the dramatic structure of Classical sonata form. Furthermore, its orchestration is not solely tailored for functionality, but specific combinations of instrumental timbre that are prophetic of the later Romantic movement, with astonishing vertical spacing occurring for example at the beginning of the development.
Glory (Let there be peace)
By Matt Maher
One star burns in the darkness Shines with the promise, Emmanuel One child born in the stillness Living within us, Emmanuel We're singing glory, glory Let there be peace, let there be peace Singing glory, glory Let there be peace, let it is start in me One voice speaks for the voiceless Hope for the hopeless, Emmanuel One love brings us together Now and forever, Emmanuel We're singing glory, glory Let there be peace, let there be peace Singing glory, glory Let there be peace, let it is start in me Do not be afraid His love is strong enough to save us Nothing stands in the way His love is strong enough to lead us
By Elton John
Your Song" is a song composed and performed by English musician Elton John with lyrics by his longtime collaborator, Bernie Taupin. It originally appeared on John's eponymous second studio album (1970). The song was recorded at Trident Studios in London in January 1970 and released in the United States in October 1970 as the B-side to "Take Me to the Pilot". Both songs received airplay, but "Your Song" was preferred by disc jockeys and replaced "Take Me to the Pilot" as the A-side, eventually making it to number eight on the Billboard chart. The song also peaked at number seven on the UK Singles Chart, as well as charting in the top 10 in several other countries.
"Your Song" was first released by American rock band Three Dog Night in March 1970 on their third studio album, It Ain't Easy. John was an opening act for the band at the time and allowed them to record it. They did not release it as a single as they wanted to let John, then an upcoming artist, have a go with it.
In 1998, "Your Song" was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame. In 2004 the song was placed at number 137 on Rolling Stone's list of "The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time", as well as in its 2010 list. A demo version was included in John's 1990 box set album To Be Continued. The song has been covered by a number of artists, including Ellie Goulding, whose version reached number two on the UK Singles Chart in late 2010, and Lady Gaga. The song was also covered by Ewan McGregor in the 2001 musical film Moulin Rouge! and by Taron Egerton in the 2019 film Rocketman.
By John Williams
Schindler's List is a 1993 American historical period drama film directed and co-produced by Steven Spielberg and written by Steven Zaillian. It is based on the novel Schindler's Ark by Australian novelist Thomas Keneally. The film follows Oskar Schindler, a Sudeten German businessman, who saved more than a thousand mostly Polish-Jewish refugees from the Holocaust by employing them in his factories during World War II. It stars Liam Neeson as Schindler, Ralph Fiennes as SS officer Amon Göth, and Ben Kingsley as Schindler's Jewish accountant Itzhak Stern.
Ideas for a film about the Schindlerjuden (Schindler Jews) were proposed as early as 1963. Poldek Pfefferberg, one of the Schindlerjuden, made it his life's mission to tell Schindler's story. Spielberg became interested when executive Sidney Sheinberg sent him a book review of Schindler's Ark. Universal Pictures bought the rights to the novel, but Spielberg, unsure if he was ready to make a film about the Holocaust, tried to pass the project to several directors before deciding to direct it.
Principal photography took place in Kraków, Poland, over 72 days in 1993. Spielberg shot in black and white and approached the film as a documentary. Cinematographer Janusz Kamiński wanted to create a sense of timelessness. John Williams composed the score, and violinist Itzhak Perlman performed the main theme.
Schindler's List premiered on November 30, 1993, in Washington, D.C. and was released on December 15, 1993, in the United States. Often listed among the greatest films ever made, it was also a box office success, earning $322 million worldwide on a $22 million budget. It was nominated for twelve Academy Awards, winning seven, including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Adapted Screenplay, and Best Original Score, and won numerous other awards, including seven BAFTAs and three Golden Globes. In 2007, the American Film Institute ranked Schindler's List 8th on its list of the 100 best American films of all time. The Library of Congress selected it for preservation in the National Film Registry in 2004.
A LITTLE PEACE
by Nicole Flieg
Nicole represented West Germany at the Eurovision Song Contest 1982 where she performed the song Ein bißchen Frieden, with music by Ralph Siegel and lyrics by Bernd Meinunger and Paul Greedus (English-language version). The song won the contest and when she reprised the song after the end of the contest voting, she performed parts of the song in English, French, and Dutch along with the original German. In 1983, she made the second place (behind the Hungarian band Neoton Família) at the World Popular Song Festival in Tokyo with the Ralph Siegel/Robert Jung song So viele Lieder sind in mir.
Nicole was also the winner of the German Schlagerparade in 1991 with the song "Ein leises Lied".
The full English version of the song "A Little Peace" went on to be the 500th number one single in the UK Singles Chart.
In the BBC4 Programme Eurovision at 60 she described her emotions when she realised that Israel had awarded her the full 12 points for her song. She went on to say how much it meant to her, "with our history", and was subsequently invited to Jerusalem to perform, in the midst of the conflict with Lebanon.
by Bob Marley
- Marley's idea was that everyone in the world should stop fighting and become one - a similar sentiment to John Lennon's "Imagine" and George Harrison's "Give Me Love (Give Me Peace On Earth)." There is, however, a deeper meaning behind the song than a simple call for unity. Some of the lyrics are about oppression and how sinners will pay for their evil deeds in the end. For many listeners, the deeper message is lost in the overwhelming chorus.
- Marley wrote this song amid the turmoil of the Jamaican elections in December 1976. Marley had supported Michael Manley when he won the election in 1972 and became Prime Minister of Jamaica, but four years later, Marley was by far the most popular person in Jamaica, and he refused to take a political stance as the country was divided between Manley's People's National Party and the Jamaican Labour Party headed by Edward Seaga. It was very violent time in the country, and Marley tried to stay politically neutral while offering peace and shelter however he could - his Hope Road hope was kind of a safehouse for people with nowhere to go. The journalist Vivien Goldman was with Marley at the time and remembers him working on "One Love" while sitting on his small bed while a young girl sat on the other end and other visitors gathered in the room. "We'll share the shelter, of my single bed," Marley sang, as he created a song they was both peaceful and angry at the same time.
- An early version of this song was released in 1965 (by The Wailers) and released as a single in Jamaica. In 1977, Bob Marley & the Wailers released the updated version on the Exodus album which became the definitive rendition and made #5 in the UK.
Don't Look Back in Anger
Don't Look Back in Anger" is a song by the English rock band Oasis. It was released on 19 February 1996 as the fifth single from their second studio album, (What's the Story) Morning Glory? (1995). The song was written by the band's guitarist and main songwriter, Noel Gallagher. It became the band's second single to reach number one on the UK Singles Chart, where it also went platinum. It was also the first Oasis single with lead vocals by Noel (who had previously only sung lead on B-sides) instead of his brother, Liam.
The song is in the key of C, but pitched slightly sharp of the standard concert tuning of A 440. It is one of the band's signature songs, and was played at almost every single live show from its release to the dissolution of the band. In 2012, it was ranked number one on a list of the '50 Most Explosive Choruses' by the NME, and the same year it was voted the fourth most popular number-one single of the last 60 years in the UK by the public in conjunction with the Official Charts Company's 60th anniversary. In 2015, Rolling Stone readers voted it the second greatest Britpop song in a poll (after "Common People" by Pulp).
On 29 May 2017, Absolute Radio 90s broadcast a programme counting down the top 50 songs written by Noel Gallagher to mark his 50th birthday with the song voted number one.
MR BLUE SKY
Mr. Blue Sky" is a song by British rock group Electric Light Orchestra (ELO), featured on the band's seventh studio album Out of the Blue (1977). Written and produced by frontman Jeff Lynne, the song forms the fourth and final track of the "Concerto for a Rainy Day" suite, on side three of the original double album. "Mr. Blue Sky" was the second single to be taken from Out of the Blue, peaking at number 6 in the UK Singles Chart and number 35 in the United States.]
by Bill Withers
Lovely Day" is a song by American soul and R&B singer Bill Withers. Written by Withers and Skip Scarborough, it was released on December 21, 1977 and appears on Withers' 1978 album Menagerie. The song is notable for Withers' sustained note towards the end, which at 18 seconds long, is one of the longest ever recorded on a song.
STAND BY ME
by Ben E King
Stand by Me is a 1986 American coming-of-age film directed by Rob Reiner and starring Wil Wheaton, River Phoenix, Corey Feldman, and Jerry O'Connell (in his debut film.)
Benjamin Earl King (born Benjamin Earl Nelson, September 28, 1938 – April 30, 2015) was an American soul and R&B singer and record producer. He was perhaps best known as the singer and co-composer of "Stand by Me"—a US Top 10 hit, both in 1961 and later in 1986 (when it was used as the theme to the film of the same name), a number one hit in the UK in 1987, and no. 25 on the RIAA's list of Songs of the Century—and as one of the principal lead singers of the R&B vocal group the Drifters notably singing the lead vocals of one of their biggest global hit singles (and only U.S. #1 hit) "Save the Last Dance for Me".
AIN'T NO MOUNTAIN HIGH ENOUGH
by Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell
"Ain't No Mountain High Enough" is an R&B/soul rock song written by Nickolas Ashford & Valerie Simpson in 1966 for the Tamla label, a division of Motown. The composition was first successful as a 1967 hit single recorded by Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell, becoming a hit again in 1970 when recorded by former Supremes frontwoman Diana Ross. The song became Ross' first solo number-one hit on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and was nominated for a Grammy Award.
It has been used for many films including ‘Sister Act’, ‘Step Mom’ and as a soundtrack for some Disney films too.
THE SERVANT KING
by Grahame Kendrick
From heaven you came helpless babe Entered our world, your glory veiled Not to be served but to serve And give Your life that we might live
This is our God, The Servant King He calls us now to follow Him To bring our lives as a daily offering Of worship to The Servant King
There in the garden of tears My heavy load he chose to bear His heart with sorrow was torn 'Yet not My will but Yours,' He said
Come see His hands and His feet The scars that speak of sacrifice
THE WIND THAT SHAKES THE BARLEY
by The Chieftains
The Wind That Shakes the Barley" is originally an Irish ballad now reel written by Robert Dwyer Joyce (1836–1883), a Limerick-born poet and professor of English literature. The song is written from the perspective of a doomed young Wexford rebel who is about to fight in the 1798 rebellion in Ireland. The references to barley in the song derive from the fact that the rebels often carried barley or oats in their pockets as provisions for when on the march.
Cultural ambassadors, The Chieftains started their journey in Ireland in 1962. Since then they have won six Grammy Awards and are highly recognized for reinventing traditional Irish music on a contemporary and international scale. Their ability to transcend musical boundaries to blend tradition with modern music has hailed them as one of the most renowned and revered musical groups to this day.
THE PARTING GLASS
by Robert Burns
by Henry Purcell
Henry Purcell (1659-1695) Although he was influenced by Italian and French styles, Purcell's legacy was a uniquely English version of Baroque. Without a doubt one of the greatest English composers, none other approached his fame or brilliance until Elgar came along two centuries later.
Composed in 1695, Henry Purcell's Abdelazer suite takes us back to the theatres and masques (presentations of poetry, dance and music) of the late 17th Century. Henry Purcell wrote lots of incidental music for the theatre. In some ways it was used as film music is used today – to set different moods and transport us between different parts of the story.
Purcell's music influenced one of our other Ten Pieces composers, Benjamin Britten. He used this Rondeau as the basis for The Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra – another great piece for children to explore.
Listen out for: The structure of the piece. Purcell was using a pattern – or plot – called a French rondeau to create his piece. The structure is: AABACA. A is the main melody, B is the strain, C is the second strain, and then it goes back to the beginning!
FANTASIA ON A THEME
by Thomas Talis
Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis, also known as the Tallis Fantasia, is a work for string orchestra by the British composer Ralph Vaughan Williams. It was composed in 1910 and performed for the first time on 10 September that year at Gloucester Cathedral for the Three Choirs Festival. Vaughan Williams himself conducted and the composition proved to be a major success. He revised the work twice, in 1913 and 1919. Performances generally run between 14 and 16 minutes.
by Sir Edmund Elgar
Edward Elgar composed his Variations on an Original Theme, Op. 36, popularly known as the Enigma Variations,[a] between October 1898 and February 1899. It is an orchestral work comprising fourteen variations on an original theme.
Elgar dedicated the work "to my friends pictured within", each variation being a musical sketch of one of his circle of close acquaintances (see musical cryptogram). Those portrayed include Elgar's wife Alice, his friend and publisher Augustus J. Jaeger and Elgar himself. In a programme note for a performance in 1911 Elgar wrote:
This work, commenced in a spirit of humour & continued in deep seriousness, contains sketches of the composer's friends. It may be understood that these personages comment or reflect on the original theme & each one attempts a solution of the Enigma, for so the theme is called. The sketches are not ‘portraits’ but each variation contains a distinct idea founded on some particular personality or perhaps on some incident known only to two people. This is the basis of the composition, but the work may be listened to as a ‘piece of music’ apart from any extraneous consideration. 
WE HAVE SEEN THE LIGHT
Inspired by the Epiphany story of the three magi who found the Christ-child by following the light of a star in the East. This epic song echoes the journey of ALL of who who seek and find Christ. Our response, in the end is the same: “Come, let us adore him”.
Those who walk in darkness, yearn for Heaven’s light Long to see the one who is to come
The prophet’s word was spoken, a saviour’s birth foretold Generations waiting for a sign
Waiting, searching, hoping, praying…
We have seen the light, and now we come before him ‘Cos the word is made flesh and we behold his glory
We have seen the Child and now we come before him ‘Cos the word is made flesh and we behold his glory
We have seen the light we have heard the ancient promise of a chosen one A Messiah and a King We have read the signs see the star of Jacob rising and we behold, we behold and we believe
And we bring him gifts, lay our lives before him That is all we have, come let us adore him.
See the infant King, come and kneel before him ‘Cos the word is made flesh, Come let us adore him
AUTUMN TERM 2018
FEED THE WORLD
Band Aid is a charity supergroup featuring mainly British and Irish musicians and recording artists. It was founded in 1984 by Bob Geldof and Midge Ure to raise money for anti-famine efforts in Ethiopia by releasing the song "Do They Know It's Christmas?" for the Christmas market that year. On 25 November 1984, the song was recorded at Sarm West Studios in Notting Hill, London, and was released in the UK four days later. The single surpassed the hopes of the producers to become the Christmas number one on that release. Three subsequent re-recordings of the song to raise further money for charity also topped the charts, first the Band Aid II version in 1989 and the Band Aid 20 version in 2004 and finally the Band Aid 30 version in 2014. The original was produced by Midge Ure. The 12" version was mixed by Trevor Horn.
Arranged by Chris Tomlin
Away in a manger no crib for a bed The little Lord Jesus laid down His sweet head, the stars in the sky Looked down where He lay The little Lord Jesus asleep on the hay The cattle are lowing, the baby awakes But little Lord Jesus, no crying He makes, I love Thee Lord Jesus! Look down from the sky and stay By my cradle til morning is nigh It’s Christmas! The angels are singing And I know the reason, the Savior is born It’s Christmas! The bells are ringing And I feel like shouting Joy to the world! Be near me, Lord Jesus I ask Thee to stay Close by me forever and love me I pray Bless all the dear children in Thy tender care And fit us for heaven To live with Thee there It’s Christmas! The angels are singing And I know the reason, the Savior is born It’s Christmas! The bells are ringing And I feel like shouting Joy to the world! Go tell it on the mountain, Over the hills and everywhere! Go, tell it on the mountain that Jesus Christ is born! It’s Christmas! The angels are singing And I know the reason, the Savior is born It’s Christmas! The bells are ringing And I feel like shouting Joy to the world!
Michael Buble Ft Thalia
It's December and so Christmas songs time! I have chosen Feliz Navidad as we are hoping to sing it for KS2 Christmas concert. I have asked Spanish teachers to teach the children the lyrics and how to pronounce words etc... Enjoy!
WHAT A WONDERFUL WORLD
What a Wonderful World" is a pop ballad written by Bob Thiele and George David Weiss. It was first recorded by Louis Armstrong and released in 1967 as a single, which topped the pop charts in the United Kingdom. Thiele and Weiss were both prominent in the music world. Armstrong's recording was inducted in the Grammy Hall of Fame in 1999.
"Imagine" is a song co-written and performed by English musician John Lennon. The best-selling single of his solo career, its lyrics encourage the listener to imagine a world at peace without the barriers of borders or the divisions of religion and nationality and to consider the possibility that the whole of humanity would live unattached to material possessions.
Jacqueline Marie "Jackie" Evancho is an American classical crossover singer who gained wide recognition at an early age and, since 2009, has issued a platinum-selling EP and seven albums, including three Billboard 200 top 10 debuts.
SOMEWHERE OVER THE RAINBOW
It was “Over the Rainbow” that made Eva Cassidy a star, but it didn’t happen until five years after her death….
From “The Wizard of Oz” to the “Wammies” to “Top of the Pops 2,” here is the story of Eva Cassidy’s “Over the Rainbow.”
LOVE IS IN THE AIR
"Love Is in the Air" is a 1977 disco song sung by John Paul Young. The song was written by George Young and Harry Vanda and it became a worldwide hit in 1978, peaking at No. 3 on the Australian charts and No. 5 in the UK Singles Chart. In the United States, the song peaked at No. 7 on the pop chart and spent two weeks at No. 1 on the adult contemporary chart, his only US top 40 hit.
The song was released as the lead single from Young's fourth studio album, Love Is in the Air (1978).
A Spanish version has been recorded under the name, "El Amor Está En El Aire".
This song ends our 'Compassionate and loving' virtues theme for this half term.
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Music Listening week 15
Week beginning 18 – 12 – 17
In dulci jubilo ("In sweet rejoicing") is a traditional Christmas carol. In its original setting, the carol is a text of German and Latin dating from the Middle Ages.
The original song text, a macaronic alternation of Medieval German and Latin, is thought to have been written by the German mystic Heinrich Seuse circa 1328. According to folklore, Seuse heard angels sing these words and joined them in a dance of worship.
There are many instrumental and vocal versions written by various composers over the years. An instrumental arrangement of the Pearsall version by English musician Mike Oldfield, "In Dulci Jubilo", reached number 4 in the UK Singles Chart in January 1976.
Take a listen to both and see what differences you can hear!