Activities, Miss Oh Waily, Music

Musical Interlude

I am still working on Miss Oh’s introduction to music through a selection of instruments.  Deciding which instruments to start with was fairly straightforward in the end.  I chose one from each section of the Orchestra, and using the Montessori idea of introducing those with the greatest difference first I am now thinking about which instruments offer the greatest sound and visual differences.

Next came the identifying of good, clear images of the instruments and making Instrument Cards with their names.  I will eventually add a link to the pdf files I create into my sidebar for anyone who might want to replicate this process with their little ones.

I am hoping to fill most of my initial introduction music from what we already have in our collection, but I know that I will have to look further afield for some music.  Here is what I have managed to get together so far.

Violin:

  • Vivaldi: The 4 Seasons, “Spring” – Allegro
  • Toss the Feathers – The Corrs
  • Gollum’s Song (at least part of it at the start)

Piano:

  • Carnival of the Animals: XI. Piano Players
  • ‘Round Midnight – Thelonious Monk
  • How Long, How Long Blues – Count Basie

Clarinet:

  • Creole Jazz –  Acker Bilk and his Paramount Jazz Band
  • It Had To Be You – Acker Bilk

Help to find good alternatives for Clarinet would be appreciated – something classical would be good to balance out the Jazz & Blues.  I’m not really up on pieces for clarinet, and the tiny snippets I can listen to on the iTunes store just doesn’t give enough of a clue to the whole track. I will be going down the Rhapsody in Blue / American in Paris road as well – but it’s not all that easy choosing a version so I’m still working on it. I also noted that there are several versions with trumpet as an alternative too.

Oh, and by way of noticing in passing…

iTunes shows its great understanding of music and a lack of proof-reading that the section I ended up in was: iTunes > Music > Classical > George Garshwin [their spelling mistake – not mine].

Snare Drum:

Nada, zilch, zero.  Must go shopping online or see if the folks have useful drum music in their collection.

Trumpet:

  • How Long, How Long Blues – Count Basie

I should be able to find some more useful pieces amongst the blues and jazz section of our music collection, but this is what I was able to find with a quick look. I am also tempted by Handel’s Messiah: The Trumpet Shall Sound or Clarke’s Trumpet Voluntary for a classical take, but I will have to iTunes those.  I know there is some Louis Armstrong floating around on CD, and then maybe I’ll iTunes some Dizzie Gillespie too.  Oh, the choices, the choices.

Voice:

No voice only recordings so far found.  iTunes has a scat version of Lady Be Good by Ella Fitzgerald which will probably end up being one of my choices. Operatic (liveable, please – probably something in the tenor or baritone area) suggestions will be gratefully accepted, then I can go on a shopping trip for this also or maybe raid my mother’s collection – she’s bound to have something by Pavarotti.

So, that is what we have to start off with.  I’m thinking that our starting pair will be violin and trumpet, so I need to flesh out my trumpet section before beginning.

Opinions anyone?  Have I made a glaring omission in my choices?
I do feel very light on “modern” music, but to be honest I haven’t really noticed these sorts of instruments having their moment in the sun with modern stuff.  That’s probably down to my observation rather than the reality of modern music, of course.

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