texture in Mozart 488
Aim: The aims of
this exercise are:
To explore texture from a selected
passage of a set work, requiring highly focused listening;
To introduce the concept of
graphic notation using this passage as a starting point;
To develop students' confidence
in recording a series of sound events graphically.
1. Using the third movement
of Mozart's Piano Concerto K488, the teacher plays bars 129-175 a number
of times with the listening focused on the accompaniment. Six subsections
can be identified, starting at 129, 135, 141, 151, 157, 163, where the
accompaniment is discernibly different.
2. Ask students to draw
six boxes, dividing each with a horizontal line (or use template provided).
Explain that they have to draw a diagram to represent the accompanying
instruments, placing woodwind above the middle line and strings below.
Some guidance may be necessary, such as creating a "bank" of symbols from
which to select.
3. The teacher will need
to pause the recording after each subsection and replay often. Scores may
be used although a solution from listening only is preferable.
4. Students study the completed
worksheet and discuss how close their own versions are to that printed.
5. Class discussion may
reveal the many different possibilities that each diagram could represent.
6. Students listen to the
whole section again with the completed boxes in view, with or without scores
1. Select a soloist from
the class and divide the remainder into two groups. Using instruments,
voices, body percussion, found objects, etc., create sound events of an
appropriate length, which correspond to the graphs on the worksheet.
2. Experiment and rehearse
these so that each is a clear and accurate representation of the graph.
Re-arrange the order, play in reverse, alter the speed and dynamics.
3. When a final product
has been decided upon, use the soloist playing any thing on any instrument
to link all these sound events together.
4. Record your composition
for replay at a later date.