Assembly music 2021 - 2022

Each week we listen to different music in assemblies and we learn a little about each piece - the music itself and the musician. Below you can read about the most recent music we have been listening to.

Term 2

Week 4 - Diversity 

Name: Brandenburg Concerto no. 4 

Composer: Johann Sebastian Bach  (German)

Period: Baroque 1721 


This piece of music is one of the most famous compositions in classical music ever written. It was written by a man named Johann Sebastian Bach. Listen to the music – you should be able to hear lots of different instruments. They all sound very different (violins, flutes, cello and harpsichord). Bach understood that all instruments have their own sound so he wrote a different part for each instrument. No instrument is playing the same tune but all instruments are working together to create one piece of music.  

Each instrument’s individuality is celebrated but also equal to the other instruments. 


Bach - Brandenburg Concerto No. 4 in G major BWV 1049 - Sato | Netherlands Bach Society - YouTube


Week 3 - Curiosity 

Terry Riley - A Rainbow in Curved Air- Modernism: minimalism   1969

Over thousands of years people have been exploring music. Over the years, different timbres and sounds have been explored, hundreds of instruments have been invented and many combinations of pitches have resulted in millions of songs. Our exploration of music and what we have discovered can be heard when ever we turn on a radio or tv.  

The assembly music today is called ‘A Rainbow in Curved Air’ written by Terry Riley. His exploration of music led him to create a new sound and style of music called minimalism. He used a sequence of notes which no one had ever done before. His music inspired many musicians to come.

Terry Riley & Friends – 'A Rainbow in Curved Air' – Boiler Room Amsterdam Live Performance - YouTube (start at 4:02)


Term 1

Week 7 - Harmony

This week we have ‘The young person’s guide to the orchestra’ by Benjamin Britten. It was written for children to introduce them to the orchestra and the sounds each instrument makes.

BBC Symphony Orchestra play "The Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra" by Benjamin Britten 

Week 6 - Fairness 

The composer has taken a very old traditional English tune, thought to date back to the Elizabethan times, and turned it into a piece of classical music.

Ralph Vaughan Williams "Fantasia on Greensleeves" 

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