* Did you know September is Classical Music Month? *

    That is why I chose to focus on orchestral music for our GOTM. Many people know "classical music" as a genre, but there are so many other genres of music that fall under the category of Classical. There is baroque, romantic, chamber, choral, and more. 


     About Orchestral Music 

    Orchestral music originated in the late 16th and 17th century. Songs in this genre are performed by full orchestra, which usually has a conductor and a string, woodwind, brass, and percussion section. A full orchestra averages about 40 to 100 players, but can be more or less! You will often find orchestral music in the background of a movie or musicals. An orchestra be called a symphony orchestra or a philharmonic orchestra


    Composers, Performers, and Famous Pieces of Orchestral Music

    • Pyotr Il’yich Tchaikovsky - "The Nutcracker Suite" 

    • Bèla Bartòk - "Dance Suite" 

    • Igor Stravinsky - "The Rite of Spring"

    • Hector Berlioz - "Symphonie Fantastique" 

    • Gustav Holst - "The Planets" 

    • Leonard Bernstein - West Side Story

    • John Williams - Jurrassic Park 

    • Hans Zimmer - Pirates of the Carribean 

    • Boston Pops Orchestra

    • Royal Philharmonic Orchestra



  • Audio and Videos

    In class, we will be listening to a different track every week. Here is what we have learned about so far:

Harry's Wondrous World by John Williams

Jupiter from The Planets by Gustov Holst

Pirates of the Caribbean theme by John Williams