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WB: 8th Feb

Good morning everybody!
Here is our music assembly learning for this week.

1. In our Ten Pieces work, we’ll be finding out the theme of this month’s piece of music.
2. In our ‘Singing Assembly’ we are learning a song that is sung to celebrate Chinese New Year.

3. I have some Further Listening you might enjoy.

Ten Pieces:

Watch this week’s Ten Pieces Video, to find out about Holst’s Planet Suite.
Then we are going to be musical detectives.
Listen carefully for clues in the music. Which planet do you think Holst had in mind when he wrote it? What about the music makes you think that?

Challenge: How did he use dynamics (louds and softs), tempo (fast or slow), pitch (high or low), timbre (the quality of the sounds), texture (the layers of sound) to create the character of that planet?

Holst - week 2.mp4

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February listening.mp3

Singing Assembly

This year, Chinese New Year falls on Friday, February 12th.
Last week I posted a video of a Chinese New Year concert. If you haven’t had a chance to watch to it yet, you might like to look back and listen to the beautiful music.
This week, I have a Chinese musician and composer for you to hear from. Her name is Qian Yi and she is going to introduce her passion for  Chinese Traditional Music:

In the next video, Qian Yi introduces the song, “Gong Xi, Gong Xi”.
The lyrics of this song celebrate leaving dark tough times behind us and looking forward to brighter, better days.

Winter is ending, what great news, the warm spring breeze, will wake up the land.
The ice and snow melts, and the plum blossoms bloom, long and dark nights are gone, and the rooster sings to the sun.

Winter is ending, what great news, the warm spring breeze, will wake up the land.

These lyrics were originally written about the end of the Chinese conflict with Japan, but now are sung at Chinese New Year as people celebrate the beginning of a fresh new year and look forward to the coming of Spring.
We are going to be learning the chorus. The phrase “gong xi, gong xi” means “best wishes.” When saying this phrase during the Chinese New Year, it is usually accompanied by a specific bow. Make a fist with one hand and place it in the center of your chest. Cover your fist with your other hand. In this position, bow to someone to the left or right side of you.

"Gong Xi, Gong Xi"

Further listening

School Value:
In our assemblies this week, we’ll be thinking about not giving up on our aspirations.
Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu was an Aboriginal musician from Australia and was born blind. When he was 4 years old he found that he had a love for music. His family had very little money and could not afford for anyone to help him learn at school. Despite his blindness Geoffrey was determined to become a musician. He taught himself to play the accordion with no help and he practised every day. Next, he learnt the piano and then the guitar and drums. Being blind did not stop him from following his aspirations to become a musician and he was determined to share his music. People loved his music and he travelled the world to play his music to many different people.


LGBTQ+ history week
This week we’ll be thinking about how families come in all different shapes and sizes.

What makes a family?

In November, our Ten Pieces was from the opera ‘Peter Grimes’ written by the great British composer, Benjamin Britten.
Britten wrote lots of music for his life partner, Peter Pears and it was Peter who sang the title character in the opera when it was first performed.
You can remind yourself of our November’s Ten Pieces here on the BBC website:
Or watch Peter Pears performing the part written for him by Benjamin Britten:

Peter Grimes.mp4

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