Wheatbelt : music study guide / music by Iain Grandage ; study guide by Lorraine Milne.
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|Wheatbelt (2007) by Iain Grandage|
This music study guide is based on composer Iain Grandage's choral work wheatbelt, with text by Kevin Gillam, commissioned by the Australian Society for Music Education (ASME) for performance by youth and school choirs.
The choral piece itself is quite challenging and so is most suitable for more mature school choirs as well as youth and community choirs. It is hoped that schools with senior choirs will meet the challenge and include wheatbelt in their choral repertoire.
The broader intention of this study guide is to expose students to the creative process of musical composition by focusing on specific techniques used by a composer in setting a poem to music for a full SATB choir.
In examining how Iain Grandage employs particular musical elements and 'controls', students are then encouraged to apply them to their own compositions.
By so doing, they are involved in the three basic areas of musical activity - listening, composing, performing - as well as covering the following musical elements and concepts:
Text: adapting and setting a
poem to music; use of repetition for musical purposes
Texture/Timbre: addition of percussion and vocal effects to create atmosphere
Rhythm: displacement of beat and use of cross-rhythms
Melody: use of particular intervals and use of melodic ostinati
Harmony/Tonality: use of particular modes; use of relative minor/major modes
Form: arch form
While the study guide is particularly aimed at senior students in years 11 and 12, some of the ideas could be adapted for younger students.
Contents note: Teacher's resource booklet -- score of 'Wheatbelt' by Iain Grandage, with text by Kevin Gillam -- CD recording (including the full work, and extracts relating to sections of the teacher's booklet).
Commissioned by the Australian Society for Music Education (ASME), 2007.
ISBN for teacher's booklet: 978-0-909168-66-7
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