Virtual Class Notes Concerts: The Bach Society of Minnesota
Welcome to Virtual Class Notes Concerts!
Each year, Classical MPR reaches tens of thousands of students across Minnesota through the Class Notes Concerts program. Designed to engage and inspire elementary students through live musical performance, these concerts help cultivate active listening skills and allow students to experience the joy of classical music.
Due to current circumstances, we have adapted the concert content to provide a virtual Class Notes Concert. Today's YourClassical Music Lesson will be a virtual Class Notes concert featuring the Bach Society of Minnesota.
Target age range: Grades K-8
1. First, meet a few members of the Bach Society of Minnesota. They are an ensemble with many members, and a few of them will join you today for this virtual Class Notes Concert.
Elizabeth told us a little about a famous composer who lived a long time ago. His name was Johann Sebastian Bach.
He lived a long time ago. He was born in 1685 and died in 1750. Reflect a little bit on how life might have been different for Johann Sebastian Bach, and what things might have been the same. Discuss this topic or draw a chart like the one below to write answers or draw pictures that represent your thoughts.
Listen to a short example of music composed by J.S. Bach:
LISTEN The Well-Tempered Clavier Book One, BWV 846, Prelude No. 1
Johann Sebastian Bach
Christian Zacharias, piano
2. Next, Alyssa and Elizabeth will perform a piece for voice and harpsichord. The harpsichord is a keyboard instrument related to the piano.
Alyssa mentioned that this music, like the music of J. S. Bach, was composed during the Baroque period. "Baroque" (bah-ROKE) is a word used to describe a certain time period, between the years 1600-1750.
Follow-up questions for reflection, discussion, or journaling:
• In what language was Alyssa singing?
• Do you remember what the title Chiamata a Nuovi Amori means?
• What mood do you think the composer Barbara Strozzi was trying to create with this music? What feelings do you think she wanted to express?
3. Elizabeth plays the harpsichord. She will tell you a few things about her instrument.
Write down or tell someone two things you learned or noticed about the harpsichord.
4. Next, Jake will sing a silly love song from the Baroque period.
Love songs and funny/silly songs were a part of the Baroque period, and they are still around today. Can you think of a funny song from current times? How about a love song?
5. Music from the Baroque Period often features something called counterpoint. Alyssa and Jake give a short explanation of how counterpoint works. Get ready to trace some melodies in the air along with them.
6. Finally, Bach Society will review a few key facts from their concert.
You can learn more about the Bach Society of Minnesota on their website.
Tell us what you learned!
Getting feedback from our audience helps make this program possible. Students, teachers, and parents, please take a minute to complete this short survey about this Virtual Class Notes Concerts.
Have a question or suggestion? Contact Katie Condon, music education specialist.