The Strings – with Arcangelo Corelli

Tempo in music

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In this Fortissimo lesson series you will introduce your students to the world of the string instruments within the orchestra. Students will gain knowledge about the concept of tempo (i.e. the speed of the music). They will learn about the different tempos, and experiment in a practical way, using movement and boomwhackers. There will also be an experiment on pitches (i.e. high and low sounds). In the Fortissimo app, Grandfather Stradivarius will take you on a journey of discovery around the world of the violins.

Throughout the lesson series, you will be creating a Z-fold, which will help you remember all the special experiences and new things you have learned.

You can find it also on the APP

Grandfather Stradivarius

You can find it also on the APP

Grandfather Stradivarius
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What are the special features of this lesson series?


  • Information about the work

    La Follia - Arcangelo Corelli

    La Follia is the name of a famous melody and dance that has been used in many variations by different composers since the 16th century. The origin of the melody is unclear, but it was primarily spread in Spain and Portugal. The name means “the foolishness” or “the madness”, and refers to the fast and wild nature of the dance.

    One of the most famous composers to adapt La Follia is Arcangelo Corelli (1653-1713), an Italian violinist and composer of the Baroque period. He wrote a violin sonata in D minor entitled La Follia, No. 12 of his 12 Violin Sonatas Op. 5, which he published in 1700. The sonata consists of a theme and 23 variations, all based on the same harmonic progression. The variations demonstrate Corelli’s virtuosity and ingenuity.

  • Lesson 1

    2 hours

    Part I: We explore musical tempos with movement.
    Part II: We hear different musical tempos.

    Skills: Students…

    … improvise their own movements inspired by ‘La Folia’ by composer Archangelo Correlli.… move in tempo to the music.

    … identify different tempos while listening to ‘La Folia’ and distinguish them from each other.

    …  set a piece of fabric into motion as a group, following the different tempos of ‘La Folia’.

    • 3 Audiotracks

    With Z-Fold

  • Lesson 2

    1 hour

    We play ‘Grandpa Stradivarius’ on the Fortissimo app.

    Skills: Students…

    … extend their knowledge of string instruments by playing the ‘Grandpa Stradivarius’ level on the Fortissimo app.

    … learn two ways of playing the violin: with a bow and with the fingers (pizzicato).

    … tap rhythmically following music.

    … interpret ‘La Folia’ by Arcangelo Corelli. (emotions)

    … learn about the structure and the sound of the violin.

    … recognise the differences between the string instruments (violin, viola, cello and double bass) and their place in the orchestra.

    … follow an aspiration meditation.

    Level in the app:

    Grandpa Stradivarius

  • Lesson 3

    2 hours

    Part I: We explore pitch with string instruments.
    Part II: We explore how the violin, viola, cello and double bass sound.

    Skills: Students…

    … explore how string length impacts pitch on string instruments.

    … learn more about the similarities and differences between the violin, viola, cello and double bass.

    … recognise the different instruments in the string family while listening to music.

    … explore the link between pitch and string length further.

    • 2 Audiotracks
  • Lersson 4

    1 hour

    We explore different tempos with boomwhackers.

    Skills: Students…

    … experiment playing with boomwhackers.

    … learn to play a simple rhythm sequence with boomwhackers.

    … play the rhythm sequence in different tempos following a conductor.

    … order tempo indications.

  • Lesson 5

    2 hours

    Part I: We are introduced to some features of the Baroque period.
    Part II: We create a soundtrack to a story inspired by the Baroque period

    Skills: Students…

    … learn about some of the features of the Baroque period.

    … are introduced to different ways of playing percussion instruments.

    … become more familiar with different playing techniques on percussion instruments.

    … use percussion instruments to translate words and images into sound.

    … create a soundtrack to a story inspired by the Baroque period.

  • Audio tracks

    You can find audio tracks for this lesson series here.

    When you download your teaching resources, you will also receive your licence key, which you can use to access audio and video tracks. Simply go to the Fortissimo app (or the online version online-version of the Fortissimo app ), tap the musical note icon on the top left of your screen and enter your licence key. You will then be able to access the audio and video tracks.

    When you click on an audio or video track, it will automatically play. You may have to wait a little while until all the data is loaded.

    • 5 Audiotracks

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