RAVEL: PAINTING WITH MUSIC
‘Painting with Music’ – an interactive music workshop exploring the colourful String Quartet by Maurice Ravel, one of the 20th century’s most striking and best loved composers.
The quartet performs excerpts from the work and engage the children in interactive activities which aim to develop an awareness and understanding of rhythm, tempo, contrasts, ensemble skills, character and mood.
Composed in 1902, Ravel’s String Quartet was inspired by the vibrant Impressionist paintings of Monet, such as his atmospheric Waterlillies.
We hear shimmering textures and elusive, opaque melodies, rhythmic vitality hinting at Ravel’s roots in the Basque region, and a taste for the exotic reflecting his fascination with the Orient.
This Quartet offers a wonderful starting point to explore the ways in which music can paint images or suggest a narrative.
Primary School Ages 7-11
Papa Haydn was a much loved and celebrated figure in his day. He had a great zest for life which is clearly expressed in his music.
Through anecdotes and excerpts Haydn's String Quartets we aim to bring our listeners a bit closer to the many aspects of Haydn’s character – his wit and humour, his warmth, and his love of dance.
The participatory elements are fun and engaging, and aim to develop an awareness and understanding of rhythm, tempo, contrasts, ensemble skills, character and mood.
Primary School Ages 5-11