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Friday, April 15 - Grade 3

Instrument Families

We are going to watch a video about the families of musical instruments. Musical instruments each belong to different families based on what they are made of and how they are played.

Peter and the Wolf
This is the story of Peter and the wolf.

Each character in the tale is going to be represented by a
different instrument of the orchestra. For instance, the bird will
be played by the flute. The duck will be played by
the oboe. The cat by the clarinet. The bassoon will represent
grandfather. The wolf by the French horns. And Peter by the
violins. The blast of the hunters' shotguns played by the timpani.

Peter's Theme - The Violin

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The Bird's Theme - The Flute

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The Duck's Theme - The Oboe

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The Cat's Theme - The Clarinet

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Peter's Grandfather's Theme - The Bassoon

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The Wolf's Theme - The Horn

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The Hunters' Theme - The Bass Drum and Timpani

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Peter and the Wolf

The Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra

This piece of music was written by a composer from the United Kingdom name Benjamin Britten to teach people about the different instruments of the orchestra and what they sound like. Brittten used a melody written about 300 years earlier by another composer from the United Kingdom named Henry Purcell. First, the whole orchestra plays the melody together. Next, each family of instruments plays the melody in this order: woodwinds, brass, strings, and percussion. Then, each type of instrument plays a variation on the main melody. Finally, all the instruments are added back in one by one until everyone is playing together.