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The Evolution of the Orchestra – A resource for music teachers

A teaching resource about the growth of the opera orchestra from the Baroque period to today, designed for use in music lessons with pupils aged 14-18.

This teaching resource is designed for use in music lessons with pupils aged 14-18. It compares and contrasts the instrumentation and orchestration techniques and traditions in five operas, namely Xerxes, The Marriage of Figaro, Manru, Autumn Sonata and La bohème. Each opera comes from a specific period in music, and illustrates the developing instrumentation and use of the opera orchestra. It concludes with a short test to assess learning, listening skills and analytical thinking.

This unit was written by Kim Waldock in association with OperaVision. For more information about OperaVision or to provide feedback about this lesson plan, please contact Hedd Thomas at hedd@opera-europa.org.

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