This year in Music we are trying to develop our active listening.  So what does this mean?  Well it is really concentrating on a piece of music so it is not background music but you are making an effort to listen to it.  It is  thinking about whether it is slow (largo) or fast (presto) and thinking about what instruments you might hear.  Is is loud (forte) or soft (piano)?  What does it make you think of?  Is is in 3 time or 4 time?  I have attached a piece of music by Tchaikovsky called the 1912 overture.  Tchaikovsky was a Russian composer and he wrote this when Russia defended being invaded by Napoleon and his army.  If you listen carefully you will hear canons and other loud noises.  Do you like it?  What do you think?  Have a listen!

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