Railroad Glee

Septimus Winner

Describing and Experiencing Texture

This two-part piece exemplifies differences between homophonic and polyphonic texture. Ask students what they notice about the different ways the voices interact between the two pages of the piece. How do the students experience singing and listening differently between the two pages?

Historic Railroads

Students may explore a wide variety of 19th-century train rides captured on film by the Edison company, only a decade after Winner's composition. How is a train ride different today? How do the films help us express Winner's piece more authentically?