Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky—1812 Overture Projects

This Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky—1812 Overture Projects activity & project also includes:

Imagine being commissioned to compose a work for a huge celebration that should be exciting and patriotic. A work that would commemorate a dramatic battle victory. What instruments would you use? What melodies to tell the tale and echo the folk music of your country? Young musicians consider these questions as they study Tchaikovsky's 1812 Overture.

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Instructional Ideas
Classroom Considerations
  • The lesson assumes class members are familiar with musical terms and elements of composition
  • Close the classroom windows before playing the finale and ask other teachers to warn their students that the sounds they are hearing are from Tchaikovsky's Overture
Pros
  • Includes a link to a download version of the project
Cons
  • None