BARENBOIM ON BEETHOVEN features world-renowned pianist and conductor Daniel Barenboim performing five of Beethoven's famed piano sonatas from his monumental cycle of 32. In this lesson, the students will learn about both Ludwig van Beethoven and Daniel Barenboim; watch Barenboim perform several of the composer's sonatas; examine the role of music in everyday life and Barenboim's views on Beethoven's works; analyze a Beethoven piano sonata and its dynamics and use the analysis to create a fictional story; and discuss the characteristics that help a piece of music stand the test of time.
Approximately five to six 45-minute class periods
Music, Art History, Communication Arts
1. Listen to a number of Beethoven's compositions and learn about the composer's life and work.
2. Use the Internet and library resources to understand music terminology, and form opinions about the qualities and characteristics of music that help make it timeless and its role in enhancing various other forms of media.
3. Discuss Daniel Barenboim's views about classical music in general and Beethoven's piano sonatas in particular.
4. Complete a viewing guide where they analyze Beethoven's music and Barenboim's interpretation of the composer's piano sonatas.
5. Work in small groups to create original stories and illustrations to accompany one of the piano sonatas, which they will also present to the entire class.
6. Analyze the effectiveness of one another's stories in conveying the mood/emotion and themes of the piano sonata.
7. Participate in a culminating discussion about the qualities that make a piece of music timeless and enduring.
A copy of GREAT PERFORMANCES' BARENBOIM ON BEETHOVEN
Various art supplies
Access to Internet and/or library resource materials
Access to word processing and desktop publishing software (optional)
Prep for Teachers:
Prior to teaching the lesson, record the broadcast of BARENBOIM ON BEETHOVEN (check local listings to determine if and when the program will air in your state), review the program for content, bookmark the Web sites used in the lesson on each computer, and download the necessary plug-ins. Print out and make copies of the related student handouts: Music Terminology Worksheet and Viewing Guide.
Bookmark the following sites:
GREAT PERFORMANCES: Composer Biographies: Ludwig van Beethoven
Classical Music Archives: MIDI Files: Beethoven
Sony Classical: Essentials of Music: Online Glossary
Grove Music Online
Understands connections among the various art forms and other disciplines.
Knows and applies appropriate criteria to music and music performances.
Understands the relationship between music and history and culture.
Standard 1, Level III and IV: Uses the general skills and strategies of the writing process.
Standard 4, Level III and IV: Gathers and uses information for research purposes.
Standard 5, Level III and IV: Uses the general skills and strategies of the reading process.
Standard 6, Level III and IV: Uses reading skills and strategies to understand and interpret a variety of literary texts.
Standard 7, Level III and IV: Uses reading skills and strategies to understand and interpret a variety of informational texts.
Listening and Speaking
Standard 8, Level III and IV: Uses listening and speaking strategies for different purposes.
Standard 9, Level III and IV: Uses viewing skills and strategies to understand and interpret visual media.
Working with Others
Standard 1, Level IV: Contributes to the overall effort of a group.
Standard 4, Level IV: Displays effective interpersonal communication skills.
This lesson was prepared by Lisa Prososki, an independent educational consultant and instructional design specialist who taught middle school and high school social studies, English, reading, and technology courses for 12 years.