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Ten pieces

At Drake we focus as a school on a piece of music each month. 
We listen to it, watch musicians playing it, learn about the composer and the period of music it was written in, respond through art and writing and share together in enjoying the music.

This year, we are looking at a piece of music from BBC's Ten pieces Trailblazers.


What is Ten Pieces Trailblazers?

Ten Pieces Trailblazers challenges students to rethink orchestral music - what it sounds like, who can make it, and how it's used - through ten trailblazing composers and their pieces of music.

This new set of pieces showcases works that have helped expand our musical horizons, pieces that have introduced new cultures and sound worlds into the orchestra, and composers whose lives and works have made them pioneers.

Trailblazers delves into the world of Film and Television for the first time and explores music with influences from across the globe.

Orchestral music is a living, evolving art form. These pieces help to tell that ever-changing story.


Our pieces month by month: 
Sept - Overture by Grazyna Bacewicz
Oct - Doctor Who Theme by Delia Derbyshire
Nov - Hungarian Dance No. 5 in G minor by Brahms
Dec - ‘Winter’ from ‘The Four Seasons’, Allegro non molto (1st mvt) by Vivaldi
Jan -
Rhapsody in Blue by George Gershwin
Feb -
Symphony No. 1 in E minor (3rd mvt) by Florence Price
Mar -
Music for 18 Musicians by Steve Reich
Apr -
Symphony – finale by Ravi Shankar
May -
Bachianas brasileiras No. 2, The Little Train of the Caipira (finale) by Heitor Villa-Lobos

Jun - Earth by Hans Zimmer


Home learning
In May, we have carried on learning about our composer Heitor Villa-Lobos and his piece of music The Little Train of the Caipira. From our homes, we wondered what the train might look like and how it might be travelling.