You might recognize this song. It is the most popular song from an Opera called Porgy and Bess, and it has been performed many times over the years by jazz artists. Notice the very slow pace of this song and the jazzy sounds. This slow pace reminds us of lazy summer days and also moving slowly in the hot, sticky summer weather.
While it is true that summer usually has many calm, sunny days, summertime is often when we experience sudden and sometimes violent thunderstorms. Franz Liszt captured the sounds you might hear during one of these storms very well using loud, crashing dynamics and a fast tempo. (Use worksheet 1 & worksheet 2)
Composer: Franz Liszt
Performer: Jürg Hanselmann
Composer: Francois (Franz) Schubert Performers: Pavlo Kosenko
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To celebrate the upcoming summer season, our final listening theme for the school year explores how different composers put the sounds and feelings of the summer into their music. Final listening points for awards must be turned in by June 1st.
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Summertime from Porgy and Bess
Composer: George Gershwin
Performers: Harolyn Blackwell and
the London Philharmonic
In the past, we have explored other music from Vivaldi’s Four Seasons. You might remember that these pieces are each based on a poem. The poem for this piece speaks about someone trying to take a nap in the summer and getting constantly interrupted by the fear of a thunderstorm and annoying gnats and flies. Listen carefully to see if you can hear the napping person waking up and swatting at the annoying insects. It’s really very funny if you picture it while listening!
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Using the content in the Listening Center, complete the Listening Worksheets and
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Hand in your completed worksheets to the front desk.
Each worksheet is worth
Students will get
back and achievements
will be recognized at
the annual recital.
Which worksheets should
I be using?
use worksheets #1 and #2
use with worksheet #3
use with worksheet #4
Research on your own!
use with worksheet #5
Summer, Movement 2
Composer: Antonio Vivaldi
Performers: Nigel Kennedy (solo violin)
with the Polish Chamber Orchestra