Though all western art music is referred to commonly as “classical” here we are speaking of a specific period which lasted from about 1750 to 1820. This era coincides with the Enlightenment and its hearkening back to Greek and Roman styles, hence “classical”. The music was not composed in Greek or Roman style, but it is more elegant and simpler than the previous Baroque formality and ostentation. Instruments changed too during this period. The Harpsichord fell into complete disuse and woodwinds and brass instruments were added to the strings to make the modern symphony. The pianoforte, which has a softer sound and more range than the harpsichord, was perfected and became the common instrument for composers, with sonatas being written exclusively for the piano.
Print these Classical Music Cards and famous pieces by the composers onto white card stock. Cut the cards out on the solid lines.
Help your kids become familiar with these pieces and composers by playing matching games, sorting the cards, and quizzing over them.
- Lay the cards face up in front of the students. Play one of the famous compositions for the students to listen to. The music can easily be found online, scroll down to play the selections featured on the cards. Have the students match the composer and the composer’s famous piece to the music that is playing.
- After the student can identify the composer and piece, play another famous piece by the composer, listed at the bottom of the card, and see if the student can recognize the style of that composer and identify whose music is being played.
Hayden, Symphony 101, The Clock
Mozart, the Marriage of Figaro, Overture
Paganini, Caprice #24
Gluck, from the opera Orpheo ed Euridice
Beethoven, Moonlight Sonata
Schubert, The Trout
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