The Music Box

Brass Is A Gas

May 21, 2020

We’ll be exploring all the different instruments of the brass family this week. We’ll learn about what defines a brass instruments, the various sounds they make, and all the different kinds of music they play. And we’ll practice blowing into our own imaginary brass instruments — it sounds pretty funny!

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Featured musical excerpts:
Hector Berlioz: Damnation of Faust, Hungarian March
John Philip Sousa: Sound Off
Jeremiah Clarke: The Prince of Denmark’s March (performed by Wynton Marsalis)
Wynton Marsalis: RJ
Kai Winding: Black Coffee
Trombone Shorty: Buckjump
W. A. Mozart: Horn Concerto in E-flat, K. 417, Rondo: Allegro (performed by Felix Klieser and Camerata Salzburg)

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*National Standards incorporated:
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Listening to, analyzing, and describing music
Understanding music in relation to history and culture

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Additional resources:
Music from Home: The Brass Family and Making a Homemade Trumpet
BBC National Orchestra of Wales: Brass
10 Famous Trumpet Players

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