Welcome back to our Monthly Recommended Listening!
Every month, we are here to help you inspire your child with some season-appropriate musical pieces. Listening to music is not only enjoyable but is also beneficial in the development of many skills including coordination and self-confidence that will continue to be useful for your child throughout their lives.
The fun times and sunny days of summer are underway so here is our Recommended Listening – Summer Edition!
Here are some of the most joyous pieces to help brighten your day and ones your child will love too!
1) William Tell Overture, Gioachino Rossini
This piece of music is one of the most recognisable classical music tunes of all time. “William Tell” was Rossini’s last opera, written when he was 37 years old. Did you know that Rossini chose to retire at this age and instead, became famous for his cooking skills?
2) The Marriage of Figaro Overture, W. A. Mozart
In one of his most well-known operas, the madness of “The Marriage of Figaro” takes place on a single summer’s day, and Mozart sets the pace in the Overture. Can you hear any elements of summer within the music? Apparently, the opera was such a hit that the emperor requested a private performance all for himself.
3) Jupiter, the Bringer of Jolity, “The Planets”, Gustav Holst
We can’t not go without mentioning Holst’s Jupiter. Can you listen to this piece without humming along with the famous melody? Written between 1914-1916, Holst’s “The Planets” represents the planets of the Solar System and their corresponding astrological character. Did you know that when Sir Adrian Boult introduced “The Planets” to the general public at a concert in 1919, he gave only five of the seven movements as he thought they would not be able to cope with the full work?
The summer holidays is a great opportunity for children to learn an instrument. With 6 weeks worth of lessons your child will be a mini maestro in no time!