Why Purcell's "Dido and Aeneas" is so influential for POP Music!

Jonny Southard

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This video will inspire students to appreciate and understand classical music in more depth by relating it to familiar pop songs that they know and love. Ideally for students between the ages of 12 and 18. 

The videos will trigger an insightful and analytical listening approach to popular songs, helping children to consider the history of music and the meanings behind certain styles of composition, even when they are 'casually' listening to their favourite songs, at the weekend for example. They will also help children to grasp the appeal of classical music, and the significant impact it had on later styles.

This particular video outlines the compositional process behind one of Purcell's most famous operas, and how these word painting techniques may have inspired modern pop artists like Mike Posner. I talk about word painting, including examples of Dido's Lament and "To the Hills and the Vales".

Students could perhaps use similar ideas in their own songwriting, or make references to their knowledge acquired from the video in written work. Many future videos will include curriculum-based repertoire. Or if this particular video does not relate to current schemes of work, the video could make for a fun, engaging and inspiring conclusion to a lesson.

Lesson tags: 
Advanced Placement (AP)
International Baccalaureate (IB)
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