In this piece, 5S tried to recreate the grandeur of the pharaohs. Using instruments and scales based on archaeological evidence of ancient Egyptian music they created a dramatic structure that builds up to a sudden silence before continuing and fading out. Brass, plucked string instruments, recorders and percussion created an exciting texture.
This piece builds on a dance like ostinato pattern. We used the words, ‘This is ostinato’ to help remember this ‘dotted’ rhythm. The music builds up as we imagine the royalty approaching. When the Pharaoh arrives the trumpets and cymbals blast a fanfare to the rhythm of ‘Here comes the King!’
5EK created music that conjures up the excitement and drama of an ancient Egyptian army in battle. The piece opens by setting the mood before the battle with an ostinato pattern on the ukuleles. The strong rhythms give courage to the soldiers.
This is music for dancing. It begins with a plucked string ostinato pattern before a percussion dance rhythm enters on cymbals, tambourines and bells. The main melody then comes in. This is divided between the wind section and ukuleles. The recorders play a ‘question’ phrase and the ukuleles play the ‘answer’.
When 4B started to discuss their ideas about Christmas many of the children mentioned ways they have celebrated Christmas in different countries. Albania, Poland, Jamaica and India were some of the countries that were mentioned. So they decided to make a song about this.
4K were full of great Christmas ideas and their song really reflects the joy and excitement of Christmas. The song is quite complex as it has a real change of mood for the more reflective section on the words,’ Next Christmas we’ll have lots of fun’.
4E’s song is all about the anticipation of Christmas. The words, ‘Christmas is coming’ became the basis for the composition. They decided to use an echo effect on these words by dividing the singing into two groups. This technique really brought sparkle to the song.