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Composer: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756 – 1791)

Composition: The Marriage of Figaro

“Overture”



Day 1: This week’s first feature artist is Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.

The feature composition is the Overture to The Marriage of Figaro.



The Marriage of Figaro is an opera Mozart composed in 1786. An overture is a piece of music that is performed before the opera story begins; it prepares the audience for the rest of the story of The Marriage of Figaro.
Day 2: This week’s first feature artist is Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.

The feature composition is the Overture to The Marriage of Figaro.

Over 200 years ago, Mozart composed this piece to reflect the chasing, hiding, and comical chaos that is part of this story. Can you hear it?
Day 3: This week’s first feature composition is the “Overture” to The Marriage of

Figaro
. Do you remember the name of the composer? (Short Pause). If

you are thinking of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, good for you! Over 200

years ago when Mozart wrote this opera, it was banned from

performance! Would you ban this song?

Composer: Elvis Presley (1935 – 1977)
Composition: Don’t Be Cruel

Day 1: This week’s second featured artist is Elvis Presley.

The featured song is Don’t Be Cruel.

Elvis Presley is known as “The King of Rock and Roll” or more simply,

“The King”. This is because he was one of the first people to play rock

and roll music. Elvis began his career in 1954 and would become one of

the most popular artists of all time. Don’t Be Cruel was released in 1956

and went to number one of the pop, country and R ‘n’ B charts.

Day 2: This week’s second features artist is Elvis Presley.

The featured song is Don’t Be Cruel.



Don’t Be Cruel is one of Elvis’ most famous songs. It was so popular, that

the bass line would later be used as background music in Nintendo’s

original Donkey Kong game! Elvis was a perfectionist and insisted on

recording Don’t Be Cruel 28 times before he was happy with the song.



Composer: Neil Young
Composition: Harvest Moon
Day 1: This week’s first featured artist is Neil Young.

The featured song is Harvest Moon

Neil Young is a Canadian singer-songwriter. He began performing in

1960 and has created 33 studio albums. Most recently, he performed at

the closing ceremonies of the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics.
Day 2: This week’s first featured artist is Neil Young.

The features song is Harvest Moon.

A harvest moon is the full moon that happens closest to the first day of

fall. This year, it will be on Thursday! A harvest moon appears large and

bright in the night sky and makes for a beautiful sight.
Day 3: This week’s first featured song is Harvest Moon.

Do you remember the name of the artist? (Short Pause)

If you were thinking of the Canadian artist Neil Young, you are right!

Neil Young is considered one of the most influential musicians of his

generation and one of the greatest songwriters and performers. His song,

Harvest Moon, is just one of many wonderful songs that Neil Young wrote

and performed. Speaking of harvest moons, did you see the harvest moon

last night?


Composer: Antonio Vivaldi (1678 – 1741)
Composition: The Four Seasons “Autumn”


  1. Allegro


Day 1: This week’s second feature composer is Antonio Vivaldi

The feature composition is the first movement of “Autumn” from The



Four Seasons. This is the week of the autumn equinox, September 23rd,

2010, which marks the first day of autumn. Vivaldi, a musician who lived

250 years ago, was very sensitive to the changing seasons. He described

autumn in two way. In words he said, “Dancing and singing celebrate the

joys of a good harvest.” In music, he wrote the composition “Autumn.”
Day 2: This week’s second feature composer is Antonio Vivaldi

The feature composition is the first movement of “Autumn” from The



Four Seasons”. Vivaldi chose the violin to lead all the other instruments in

“dancing and singing [to] celebrate the joys of a good harvest.” He

composed this music to celebrate the autumn season. Today is the first

day of autumn!




Composer: Ian and Sylvia
Composition: Four Strong Winds
Day 1: This week’s second featured artists are Ian and Sylvia.

The featured song is Four Strong Winds.


Four Strong Winds is a folk song written in the 1960’s.

Folk music is often based on traditional melodies, words or poems and

passed down from one generation to another. Children would learn the

song from their parents and when they were older, teach it to their own

children. Can you think of others songs that might be passed on like this?

Day 2: This week’s second featured artists are Ian and Sylvia.

The featured song is Four Strong Winds.

Ian and Sylvia are a Canadian folk duo. Do you remember what folk

music is? Even though this song was written in the 1960’s it is still

popular now. In fact, in 2005, Four Strong Winds, was voted the most

essential English language song in Canada! Also, it has been covered (or

redone) but over 20 other artists.


Composer: Maurice Ravel
Composition: Boléro
Day 1: This week’s first feature composer is Maurice Ravel.

The feature composition is Boléro.



Boléro was composed in 1928 and is Ravel’s most famous composition.

It is based on the Spanish dance of the same name, bolero.


Day 2: This week’s first feature composer is Maurice Ravel.

The feature composition is Boléro.

When Ravel composed his most famous work, he did not think it would

be popular. He did not like the song and was surprised when it received

positive attention from the first audience! Who do you side with? Ravel

or those who were first listening to him?


Day 3: This week’s first feature composer is Maurice Ravel.

Do you remember the name of the composition? (Short Pause).

If you were thinking of Boléro, you are correct! Ravel composed this

music as a ballet but it was rarely performed as a dance. Instead, people

just wanted to listen to the music as played by the orchestra!

Composer: Black Sabbath

Composition: Iron Man

Day 1: One of this week’s featured artists is Black Sabbath

One of this week’s featured songs is Iron Man

Black Sabbath are a heavy metal group that began in 1968. Heavy metal is a genre of music that is noted for massive sound, long guitar solos, heavy distortion, and general loudness. Black Sabbath was one of the first heavy metal bands.
Day 2: One of this week’s featured artists is Black Sabbath

One of this week’s featured songs is Iron Man



Iron Man was released in 1970 and has been successful ever since. In fact,

30 years after it was released, it was a Grammy for Best Metal

Performance! Even though the song is named Iron Man, it has no

connection with the super hero. However, this song is often used in

movies, television shows, and at sporting events. Can you think of why it

might be used so often?


Day 3: One of this week’s featured artists is Black Sabbath

One of this week’s featured songs is Iron Man

Do you remember what kind genre of music Black Sabbath is famous for?

(Short Pause) If you were thinking of the genre heavy metal, you are right! Do you know who the lead singer of Black Sabbath was when this song came out? It was Ozzy Osbourne. Have you heard of him? 40 years after this song was released, Black Sabbath are thinking of doing reunited and making more music. Would you listen to them?



Composer: Edvard Grieg
Composition: Peer Gynt Suite Number 1

Day 1: One of this week’s featured artists is Edvard Grieg

One of this week’s feature compositions is Peer Gynt Suite Number 1.

Edvard Grieg was a Norwegian composer and pianist from the Romantic Period of music. This is from the 1800 to about 1900. Peer Gynt Suite is one of Grieg’s most famous songs and you have probably heard it many times. Where have you heard this music played?

Day 2: One of this weeks featured artists is Edvard Grieg

One of this week’s feature compositions is Peer Gynt Suite Number 1.

Do you remember where you have heard this music before? (Short

Pause). It is often used in movies and television, but most notably in cartoons like Bugs Bunny! This suite is supposed to represent the rising of the sun and the waking of the day. Can you hear the sun rising?



Composer: Sergei Rachmaninoff
Composition: Rhapsody on a Theme by Paganini
Day 1: One of this week’s featured artists is Sergei Rachmaninoff.

One of this week’s featured compositions is Rhapsody on a Theme by Paganini.

Rachmaninoff is a Russian composer, pianist, and conductor who lived around the turn of the 20th century. Piano was a heavily featured instrument in his compositions. Can you hear the piano in this piece? (Short Pause) His piano pieces are known of their technical difficulty. Rachmaninoff is also known for making beautiful, clear orchestral sounds.
Day 2: One of this week’s featured artists is Sergei Rachmaninoff.

One of this week’s featured compositions is Rhapsody on a Theme by



Paganini.

Rhapsody on a Theme by Paganini was written in 1934 and was inspired by

another composition by a different composer. Do you think you know who

that composer might be? (Short Pause) If you guessed Paganini, you are

right! If we played the whole Rhapsody over the announcements today, it

would be 25 minutes long!

Day 3: One of this week’s featured artists is Sergei Rachmaninoff.

One of this week’s featured compositions is Rhapsody on a Theme by



Paganini.

Rachmaninoff’s Rhapsody has a total of 24 different parts! No wonder we

can’t play all of them for you today! The very first time this Rhapsody was

performed, Rachmaninoff himself played the piano part for all 25 minutes.

Usually the composers conduct the orchestra, so this was a change from

normal. Rachmaninoff wrote the whole song in just over 2 months. How

long do you think it would take you to write music like this?


Composer: Garth Brooks
Composition: Friends in Low Places
Day 1: One of this week’s featured artists is Garth Brooks.

One of this week’s featured compositions is Friends in Low Places.

Garth Brooks is an American country music artist who helped country

music spread worldwide. He has been releasing music for 11 years and in

that time has become one of the best selling artists ever. In fact, at the end

of 2009, Garth Brooks had sold over 68 million albums! This song, Friends in Low Places, spent 4 weeks at #1 on the country music charts. Have you heard this song before?



Day 2: One of this week’s featured artists is Garth Brooks.

One of this week’s featured songs is Friends in Low Places.


Friends in Low Places was an accidental song. The writer of the song was out

for dinner one day, and when the check came, he realized he had forgotten

his wallet and couldn’t pay for his meal. Fortunately, he knew the cook

and it was taken care. But from that experience came the inspiration for

this song. Everyone has a friend, somewhere, who can help them out in a

jam.


Composer: Mes Aieux
Composition: Dégénération
Day 1: One of this week’s featured artists is Mes Aieux

One of this week’s featured compositions is Dégénération.



Mes Aieux, which means my ancestors, is a folk music group from

Quebec. Do you remember what folk music is? (Short Pause) Folk music is

based on traditional melodies and stories. Mes Aieux use traditional

French-Canadian folklore figures such as the devil, the shepherd, the

woodsman, and the flying canoe to make music with a sense of humor.

Can you hear any of those figures in this song?


Day 2: One of this week’s featured compositions is Dégénération.

Do you remember the name of the artist? (Short Pause) If you were thinking of Mes Aieux, or my ancestors, you are correct! Dégénération is a song that talks about different generations of family and how much their lives have changed; how different the world is from when our great-great-grandparents were living in it. Can you think of any differences?




Composer: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Composition: Eine kleine Nachtmusik 1. Allegro
Day 1: One of this week’s featured artists is Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

One of this week’s featured compositions is Eine kleine Nachtmusik,

first movement, Allegro.

Mozart was a very famous classical composer. He wrote over 600 pieces including piano works, orchestra works, and opera music! Do you think you could ever write that much music? If you think you can, you better get started. Mozart started writing music at the age of 5!


Day 2: One of this week’s featured artists is Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

One of this week’s featured compositions is Eine kleine Nachtmusik,

first movement, Allegro.


Eine kleine Nachtmusik means “a little serenade” or “a little night music” in

German. Do you think it sounds like “night music”? No one knows why

this composition was written or when it was first performed. All we know

is that it is now one of Mozart’s most famous and often played pieces.

Where have you heard this song before?

Halloween Week (Oct. 25th29th)
Day 1: This week is the start of Halloween week. All week long we will be playing

spooky songs over the announcements! The first song this week is called



Symphonie Fantastique by a composer named Hector Berlioz. We are going

to listen to the 5th movement of this song, which is called “Dreams of the

Witches’ Sabbath.” All the witches, sorcerers, and monsters have gathered.

Listen closely and you can hear the laughter, shouting, and dancing of all

the gross creatures.
Day 2: Today’s song is from The Addam’s Family. The Addam’s Family was a

black and white television show from the 1960’s. The characters in the

family are bizarre and slightly creepy. Even though the tv show is from the

1960’s, we guarantee that you will know this song! Especially the snapping

part!

Day 3: Today’s song is titled Dies Irae. Dies Irae was originally a poem from the

1200’s. It means “day of wrath” or “the end of time”. This idea was so

popular that the poem has been used in music at least 70 different times.

Can you hear the wrath in this song?

Day 4: Today’s Halloween song is from Johann Sebastian Bach. It is called

Toccata and Fugue in D Minor. This song uses the organ and is very creepy.

Some people say that it was inspired by stories of Dracula. What do you

think inspired Bach to write this song?
Day 5: Today is our Halloween celebration at the school and what a better way to

end Halloween week, than with a little bit of a mash; A Monster Mash !



Composer: U2
Composition: Sweetest Thing
Day 1: One of this week’s featured artists is U2.

One of this week’s featured compositions is Sweetest Thing.



U2 are a rock band from Dublin, Ireland. They have been performing

together since 1976 but didn’t become overly successful until the mid-

1980’s. They have released 12 albums, won 22 Grammys, and have sold

over 150 million albums. No wonder they are considered one of the

“Greatest Bands of All Time”.
Day 2: One of this week’s featured artists is U2.

One of this week’s featured compositions is Sweetest Thing.


Sweetest Thing was originally released in 1987 as a B-side on another single.

When music used to come on records, songs could be put on both sides of

the record. So records had an A-side and a B-side. Just like a cassette tape.

The A-side had a single (or one song) on it that was predicted to be very

successful and to get a lot of air time on the radio. The B-side was a song

that wasn’t for the radio, it was usually a song the band or artist was

working on that would never be released in a collection. It is often

considered a bonus track. Sweetest Thing is a very successful B-side that U2

later re-recorded and released in 1998.

Day 3: One of this week’s featured compositions is Sweetest Thing.

Do you remember the name of the band? (Short Pause) If you were

thinking of U2, congratulations!



Sweetest Thing is an apology song written to the lead singer’s wife for missing her birthday. Opps…

The lead singer felt so bad, he wrote this song and let her star in the video for it. This song went on to be a number 1 hit in Canada when it was re-released in 1998.

Beyond their musical talents, U2 are also very involved with many

charities that are trying to make the world a better place.



Composer: Béla Bartók
Composition: Concerto for Orchestra V. Finale
Day 1: One of this week’s featured artists is Béla Bartók.

One of this week’s featured compositions is Concerto for Orchestra, Fifth

Movement, Finale.

Béla Bartók is a famous 20th Century Hungarian composer. He used

traditional Hungary melodies as inspiration for many of his pieces. Listen

to see if you can hear his inspiration. Concerto for Orchestra was written in

1943 and has five movements and is played by an orchestra. What

instruments can you hear?


Day 2: One of this week’s featured artists is Béla Bartók.

One of this week’s featured compositions is Concerto for Orchestra, Fifth

Movement, Finale.

Concerto for Orchestra is one of Béla Bartók’s most famous works and is

known for its rapid stream of notes at a very quick tempo. What music

word for tempo would you use to describe this piece? (Short Pause) Did

you know, that Béla Bartók is so famous that he has 3 statues around the

world, and he used to have his picture on Hungarian money?


Composer: Johann Pachelbel
Composition: Canon in D Major
Day 1: One of this week’s featured artists is Johann Pachelbel

One of this week’s featured songs is Canon in D Major also known as



Pachelbel’s Canon.

Johann Pachelbel was a German composer, organist, and teacher who was

very influential on music of the 1600’s. He taught and mentored many

other famous musicians and his work is very popular. Canon in D Major is

Pachebel’s most famous composition and you have probably heard this

piece many times already. Do you think Pachelbel knew his song would be

this famous? (Short Pause) Where have you heard it before?


Day 2: One of this week’s featured artists is Johann Pachelbel

One of this week’s featured songs is Canon in D Major also known as



Pachelbel’s Canon.

Pachelbel’s Canon, one of Pachelbel’s most famous works, was written for 3

violins and a bass line. Do you know what canon is? (Short Pause) A

canon is a piece of music that has a melody line that is repeated over and

over. This melody line is played in the first instrument, or leader, and then

is later played, one by one, in all the other instruments called followers.

Can you hear the melody line change instruments in this piece?




Composer: Run DMC
Composition: It’s Tricky

Day 1: One of this week’s featured artists is Run DMC.

One of this week’s featured compositions is It’s Tricky.

Run DMC was a hip-hop group from New York City. Do you know what

hip hop music is? Hip hop is a genre, or type, of music that has 4 main

elements; rapping, DJing, sampling, and beat boxing. Rapping is when an

artist speaks in a lyrical or musical style over top of a beat. Run DMC were

one of the most influential artists in their genre. Have you heard this song

before?

Day 2: One of this week’s featured artists is Run DMC.

One of this week’s featured compositions is It’s Tricky.

It’s Tricky was a single from Run DMC’s 3rd album and was released in

1987. The music video for this song features a famous pair of magicians

called Penn and Teller who begin to imitate Run DMC. They imitate Run

DMC so well, that they fool Run DMC’s own security guards! This song

has been used in many movies and even has it’s own snowboarding video

game named after it. Would you play the video game based on this song?



Composer: Aretha Franklin
Composition: Respect
Day 1: One of this week’s featured artists is Aretha Franklin.

One of the week’s featured compositions is Respect.



Respect is one of the most famous Rhythm and Blues, or R&B songs of all

time. The first time is was released, in 1965, a male artist named Otis

Redding recorded it. Aretha Franklin released the version we’re playing in

1967, only 2 years later. Aretha’s version was included in the Recording

Industry of America’s Songs of the Century.

Day 2: One of this week’s featured artists is Aretha Franklin.

One of the week’s featured compositions is Respect.

Aretha Franklin is an American singer, songwriter, and pianist and is often

referred to as “The Queen of Soul”. In fact, Rolling Stone magazine named

her number one on its list of the Greatest Singers of All Time! She has won

20 Grammys and has just as many number one singles. Just recently, she

performed when President Obama took office.

Day 3: One of this week’s featured compositions is Respect

Do you remember the name of the artist? (Short Pause)

If you were thinking of Aretha Franklin, you are correct!

Aretha’s song, Respect, was name number five on The 500 Greatest Songs

of All Time list. It has been covered by major recording artists from Tina

Turner to Kelly Clarkson and used in many TV shows like “The Fresh

Prince of Bel-Air” and “Glee”.


Composer: Johann Strauss
Composition: The Blue Danube
Day 1: One of the week’s featured artists is Johann Strauss.

Do you remember another famous Johann from last week? (Short Pause)

Johann Pachelbel was the Johann from last week, I hope you all

remembered!

One of this week’s featured compositions is The Blue Danube.

Johann Strauss was an Austrian composer most famous for light music

such as waltzes, polkas, and ballets. He is even known as “The Waltz

King”. When The Blue Danube debuted in 1867, it was not considered very

successful. Despite that, The Blue Danube is one of the most consistently

popular pieces of classical music ever. It has been used in 2002: A Space



Odyssey, The Simpsons¸ and Bugs Bunny.

Day 2: One of this week’s featured artists is Johann Strauss.

One of this week’s featured compositions is The Blue Danube.

Austria, Strauss’ country of birth, has adopted The Blue Danube as an

unofficial national anthem. In fact, this song is played on the stroke of midnight ever New Years. What song would you pick as Canada’s unofficial national anthem?


Composer: Carl Orff
Composition: O Fortuna
Day 1: One of this week’s featured artists is Carl Orff.

One of this week’s featured compositions is O Fortuna.



O Fortuna was a Latin poem written in the 13th Century. It

was part of a collection of over 200 poems written about

games, love, morals, or food. This poem was put to music

in 1935 by Carl Orff and is the most-played classical song

of the past 75 years.
Day 2: One of this week’s featured artists is Carl Orff

One of this week’s featured compositions is O Fortuna.

Carl Orff was a German composer who began writing

music, puppet shows, and stories for his family at a very

young age. By the time he was 16 he was very popular.

He is still popular today; in fact, your music teacher uses

many of his songs and instruments in your music class. O

Fortuna is his most popular song.
Day 3: One of this week’s featured artists is Carl Orff.

Do you remember the name of the composition? (Short Pause)

If you were thinking of O Fortuna you are correct!

O Fortuna has become a huge song in popular culture. You have

probably heard it in many commercials, movies, and television

shows. Can you name some of the places where you’ve heard it

before? (Short Pause) What kind of activities would you use this

music for?


Composer: Coldplay
Composition: Viva la Vida

Day 1: This week’s second song has been chosen by your grade 7

Leadership class. They were asked to pick a song that they

believed would become a future classic. They believe that this

song could be played years from now and still be as

popular. The grade 7 Leadership class has chosen the song


Viva la Vida by Coldplay. Do you agree with their choice? If

not, what would you choose instead?


Day 2: This week’s second song is our future classics song.

Your grade 7 Leadership class chose Coldplay’s Viva la Vida.



Viva la Vida is Spanish for “long live life” and comes from

Coldplay’s 2008 album. Across the world, this song has had a lot

of success becoming number 1 or 2 in many countries. Do you

think this song will be popular or well respected in the future?



Composer: Louis Armstrong
Composition: What a Wonderful World
Day 1: One of this week’s featured artists is Louis Armstrong.

One of this week’s featured compositions is What a Wonderful World.

Louis Armstrong is an American jazz trumpeter and singer. He is most

known for his influence on jazz music and his gravelly voice. Louis

Armstrong had a long career starting in 1920 and continuing until the 1970s.

This song was released in 1967 and would go on to become a standard for

the genre of jazz music.
Day 2: One of this week’s featured artists is Louis Armstrong.

One of this week’s featured compositions is What a Wonderful World.



What a Wonderful World is an optimistic song written in a time of violence,

pain, and suffering. It uses positive and happy images to make the listener

feel better. Does this song make you happier when you hear it?

Day 3: One of this week’s featured artists is Louis Armstrong.

One of this week’s featured compositions is What a Wonderful World.

This song is all about things in the world that are wonderful; things that

make us happy and smile. Listen for the things in the song that make Louis

Armstrong smile. Are they the same things that make you smile?


Composer: George Gershwin
Composition: Rhapsody in Blue
Day 1: One of this week’s featured artists is George Gershwin.

One of this week’s featured compositions is Rhapsody in Blue.



Rhapsody in Blue is a piece for solo piano with a jazz band. This song has

influences from both classical music and jazz music. Can you hear which

parts are classical and which parts are jazz? (Short Pause) This song debuted

in 1924 and George Gershwin him self played the piano part. This song

established Gershwin as an important conductor and is still often played

today. Have you heard it before?


Day 2: One of this week’s featured artists is George Gershwin.

One of this week’s featured compositions is Rhapsody in Blue.

George Gershwin was an American composer famous for his Broadway,

classical, and popular songs. Unlike many of the composers that we have

listened to, there is actual video footage of George Gershwin playing the

piano. This kind of footage is very rare! Gershwin remains popular to this

day. There are 2 songs that he did not finish before his death, in 1937, which

are being finished and released sometime in the next year! That goes to show

you just how popular he was.

Composer: Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Composition: 1812 Overture

Day 1: One of this week’s featured artists is Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky.

One of this week’s featured compositions is 1812 Overture.

Tchaikovsky was a Russian composer from the 19th Century.

He wrote some of the most popular concert and theatrical music of all

time. You have probably heard many of his pieces at Christmas time as his

most famous work is The Nutcracker. However, he also wrote the music for


Swan Lake and Sleeping Beauty. Have you heard of those ballets before?

Day 2: One of this week’s featured artists is Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky.

One of this week’s featured compositions is 1812 Overture.



1812 Overture was written in 1880 to celebrate Russia’s defense of Moscow

against Napoleon’s army. We can’t listen to the whole song today, it’s

nearly 17 minutes, it describes the battle Russia fought. If you listen closely

you can hear Russian folk songs, cannons symbolizing battle, and string

passages that sounds the retreat of Napoleon’s army. Finally there is

celebration. Can you hear the story in this song?


Day 3: One of this week’s featured artists is Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky.

One of this week’s featured compositions is 1812 Overture.



A cannon, which is not usually a musical instrument, is featured heavily in

this song. In the whole song, the cannon is fired 16 times. However, when

it was written, it was impossible to time a cannon shot perfectly with the

music! Why do you think Tchaikovsky included the cannon knowing it

would never fire perfectly? It wasn’t until 1954, 74 years after it was

written, that an orchestra was able to time cannon shots with the music so

Tchaikovsky never heard the piece played as he intended it to sound.


Composer: The Beatles
Composition: Let it Be

Day 1: One of this week’s featured artists is The Beatles.

One of this week’s featured compositions is Let it Be.

The Beatles are an English rock band from the 1960s that have become one

of the most successful acts of popular music of all time. They have sold more albums in the United States and England than any other band. They

influenced more than just music, but the world around them as well

starting a movement known as “Beatlemania”. Where have you heard this

song before?

Day 2: One of this week’s featured artists is The Beatles.

One of this week’s featured compositions is Let it Be.



Let it Be was released in 1970 and was written by John Lennon and Paul

McCartney. This was the last single The Beatles would release as a group.

After this single was released the band broke up to pursue solo careers. Let

it Be is the number one Beatles song as picked by the fans and the number

three song on the 100 Best Beatles Songs list. What is your favourite

Beatles song?

Christmas Carol Week (Dec. 13 – 17th)
Day 1: This week the announcements will be featuring Christmas music! Every

day we will be playing a different Christmas carol for you to listen to. To

start the week, we have Feliz Navidad. Feliz Navidad is a Spanish and

English Christmas carol that is one of the most often downloaded

Christmas songs ever. The Spanish words mean “Merry Christmas and a

happy New Year”.


Day 2: Day two of Christmas week features the song Carol of the Bells. This song is

based on traditional Ukrainian melodies and has been popular since it was

first played in 1916. This song has been redone so many time that it is

impossible to count! There are both choral and instrumental versions of

this song. Can you hear them both?
Day 3:

Day 4: Today, our Christmas carol will be Trepak, or the Russian Dance from

Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker. Besides being used in The Nutcracker ballet,

this song is also featured in Disney’s Fantasia and in the movie Home Alone.

Can you think of a tempo word to describe the speed of this piece?


Day 5: For our last day of school and Christmas carols, we will be featuring White

Christmas because we all wish you a snowy and joyful holiday break!


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