Exploring texture in Mozart 488

Aim: The aims of this exercise are:

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 to hand.

Follow-up Work:
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.