Your assignment is to listen to this at LEAST 5 times while following your sheet music. (the video has the sheet music included!) Post below when your done!
Here is the band playing "Pirates of the Caribbean" at the State Capitol!
Pretend you are a music judge who has to choose one of these bands to win the imaginary "Beginner band competition". Two 6th grade bands play the same "Pirates of the Caribbean" rendition, and you have to decide which one plays better. Listen to the bands below and decide who you choose, the 1st band or the 2nd? Which one does a better job with this piece and why? What can we do to play even better than these guys?
Here is the video we watched at the beginning of class last week. It is a performance of George Fredrick Handel's "Fireworks". The orchestra performing is using "period instruments". That means they are playing old instruments just like the ones being played during the period of George Fredrick Handel. Therefore, this recording sounds very close to the way it would have back in 1749 when it was first performed! Also, the first performance had fireworks exploding at the same time, which was a big deal in those days. Read more about this piece here: http://www.britannica.com/EBchecked/topic/399026/Music-for-the-Royal-Fireworks
The song we are playing is just the first part of the whole piece, so you only need to listen to the first minute or so to get an idea of what our music will sound like. Unfortunately we don't have "period Instruments" to play on (unless Neal uses his one-valved bugle! :-)
What do you think? What is the biggest difference between this orchestra and a modern-day orchestra that you see?
*New Rule - in order for this to "count" in class (and to the candy color challenge), you must thoroughly answer the question to the video so I know you saw it. If the comment section doesn't work, e-mail me or write it on paper and bring it to class.
Song for Friends by Larry Daehn
Queenwood Overture by Anne McGinty
Ahrirang - Traditional Korean Folksong arr. by Robert Garofalo
Uncle Milo's Sideshow by Bruce Pearson
Imperium by Michael Sweeny
Misty Mountains Cold from The Hobbit
Star Wars Theme by John Williams
Audio coming soon!
Also notice how the acoustics in the Chapel make our sloppy articulation and rhythm sound even sloppier, and our good notes sound even better. It is important that we play as cleanly as possible.
Keep up the good work! I am looking forward to our concert!