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Year 7 Unit 9 - Pictures at an Exhibition

Exploring Music & Art

This unit aims to explore how pictures and art can provide the inspiration and stimulus for composition.  Mussorgsky’s work Pictures at an Exhibition is based on his close friend, the painter and architect, Victor Hartmann’s paintings at an exhibition mounted shortly after his death. Pupils begin by exploring how the recurring “Promenade” theme portrays Mussorgsky’s walk through the exhibition and perform the rhythm and melody of the “Promenade” theme to use later in the unit.  Pupils then explore how Mussorgsky captures the mood of some of the paintings in more detail, through sound and how the elements of music are used to create different effects.  Finally, pupils compose their own piece of music inspired by a picture or painting of their choice, which is put together to form a class “Pictures at an Exhibition” featuring the recurring “Promenade” theme.    

Element Focus - Rhythm, Timbre & Dynamics, Structure & Form

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Score 1

Promenade

(Full Piano Score)

Score 2

Promenade

Rhythm Score

MIDI 1

Promenade

Rhythm

 

Score 3

Promenade

Melody Score

Opening 2 Bars

MIDI 2

Promenade Melody Opening 2 Bars

Song Sheet 1

Song for a Lady

MIDI 5

Song for a Lady

(Song Melody)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Score 4

The Old Castle Opening Theme

Audio 11

The Old Castle Opening Theme

MIDI 3

The Old Castle Opening Theme

(Transposed)

MIDI 4

The Old Castle Opening Theme

with Drone

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Starter/Plenary 1

The Gallery Picture Matching

Starter/Plenary 2

Listening to Gnomus

 

(Uses Audio 5)

Starter/Plenary 3

Hartmann’s Pictures

Starter/Plenary 4

Picture Bank

Starter/Plenary 5

Instruments in Pictures at an Exhibition

 

(Uses Audio 16)

Starter/Plenary 6

Listening Quiz -

Pictures at an

Exhibition

(Uses Audio 15)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Starter/Plenary 7

Two Different

Promenades Card Sort

 

(Uses Audio 3 & 4)

Starter/Plenary 8

Listening to The Old Castle

 

(Uses Audio 7)

Starter/Plenary 9

My Pictures at an

Exhibition Learning

Audio 8

Promenades from

Pictures at an

Exhibition

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Video 1

Baba Yaga Animation

(Piano Version)

Video 2

Ballet of the Unhatched Chicks Animation

(Piano Version)

Video 3

Introducing Pictures at an Exhibition

Promenade Animation

Video 4

Gnomus Animation

Video 5

Promenade

(Animusic)

Video 6

The Great Gate of Kiev

(Animusic)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Worksheet 1

Listening to Baba Yaga

 

(Uses Audio 12)

Worksheet 2

Picture Matching

Worksheet 3

Mussorgsky Biography and Pictures at an

Exhibition

Worksheet 4

Promenade Rhythms

 

(Uses Audio 1 & 2)

Worksheet 5

Pictures and Music

 

 

Worksheet 6

Pictures and Music

Listening Sheet

(Uses Audio 14)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Worksheet 7

Listening to

Promenade’

 

(Uses Audio 3)

Worksheet 8

Baba Yaga Rhythm

Challenge

 

(Uses Audio 12)

Worksheet 9

Pictures at an

Exhibition Composing

Sheet

(Uses optional Starter/Plenary 4)

Worksheet 10

Listening to Bydlo and The Great Gate of Kiev

 

(Uses Audio 10 & 13)

Worksheet 11

Listening to Pictures at an Exhibition

 

(Uses Audio 9)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cover/Homework 1

Mussorgsky Biography

& Questions

Cover/Homework 2

Pictures at an

Exhibition

Cover/Homework 3

Pictures at an

Exhibition Word Search

 

 

 

Scheme of Work

Lesson Plan (PDF)

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Lesson 1

Exploring Pictures and Music

Lesson Plan 1

Lesson Plan 1

Lesson 1

Resource Bundle

Lesson 2

Exploring the Promenade Theme

Lesson Plan 2

Lesson Plan 2

Lesson 2

Resource Bundle

Lesson 3

Exploring “Gnomus”  & “Baba Yaga”

Lesson Plan 3

Lesson Plan 3

Lesson 3

Resource Bundle

Lesson 4

Exploring “The Old Castle”

Lesson Plan 4

Lesson Plan 4

Lesson 4

Resource Bundle

Lesson 5

Composing a class “Pictures at an

Exhibition”

Lesson Plan 5

Lesson Plan 5

Lesson 5

Resource Bundle

Lesson 6

Performing a class “Pictures at an

Exhibition”

Lesson Plan 6

Lesson Plan 6

Lesson 6

Resource Bundle