This month we are listening to a new composer. This is our first time to experience Ravel and that is always a challenge. I find I like composers more after I have listened to their works several times. It is as if your ear needs to grow accustomed to the sounds and rhythms and styles of each composer before your brain will embrace it. Ravel’s Bolero has become my favorite walking music for my time on the treadmill. The way it gets louder and faster and more intense works perfectly for my workout.
Here is some information on Ravel as background for you and your children. I have included a lesson plan that I found but please be aware that I have not used it yet. I am going to use it with the boys next week.
French composer of the 20th Century
We are studying Ravel on the heels of Debussy since Ravel was influenced greatly by Debussy. This more modern sounding music is very enjoyable and the boys are putting the music on more than any we have listened to this year. Mr. B says he likes the sound of it and he likes the violins.
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Link to hear samples of Ravel’s music:
As always, check your local library for CD’s that feature Ravel.
This composer is included in Harmony Fine Arts Grade 4 plans.